Registered Nurse - Operative Care Line - Med Surg
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: September 20, 2023
Registered Nurse - Operative Care LineSummary
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program
(EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet
specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA
policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of
appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and
eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA
Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete
review of the EDRP application.
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* Accepting applications
* Open & closing dates
09/08/2023 to 09/18/2023
$79,562 - $150,787 per year
* Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
* Houston, TX 1 vacancy
* Remote job
* Telework eligible
* Travel Required
* Relocation expenses reimbursed
* Appointment type
* Work schedule
* Promotion potential
* Job family (Series)
* Supervisory status
* Security clearance
* Drug test
* Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
* Trust determination process
* Announcement number
* Control number
This job is open to
* Internal to an agency
Current federal employees of this agency.
* The public
U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the
Clarification from the agency
Open to current permanent employees of the Department of Veterans
Affairs and US Citizens (1st Area of Consideration - current
permanent Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center employees; 2nd Area
of Consideration - current permanent VA Nationwide employees; 3rd
Area of Consideration - all others)
The Registered Nurse provides care and counseling of persons or in
the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness
and injury based upon the nursing process which includes systematic
data gathering, assessment, appropriate nursing judgment, and
evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health
problems through such services as case finding, health teaching,
health counseling; provision of care supportive to or restorative
of life and well-being; and executing medical regimens including
administering medications and treatments prescribed by a licensed
or otherwise legally authorized provider (Texas Board of Nursing).
The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an
individual, family, group, or community. (ANA Code of Ethics for
Nurses). The Registered Nurse, as a licensed professional, will be
responsible and accountable for his/her practice.
VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total
Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for
Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual
leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per
Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and
federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care
(many federal insurance programs can be carried into
Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or
Work Schedule: Shifts will vary
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
EDRP Authorized: Contact Demetrius Roberts email@example.com
, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Conditions of Employment
* U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is
not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA
* All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a
testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for
illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be
tested will be denied employment with VA.
* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
* Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
* You may be required to serve a probationary period.
* Subject to background/security investigation.
* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
* Must pass pre-employment physical examination
* Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a
requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care
* Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health
Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional
Information" below for details.
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements
* United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
* English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C.
7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions
unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.
* Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by one of
the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was
completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for
Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education (CCNE). The approving official may authorize a waiver of
the requirement for ACEN or CCNE accreditation of any degree in
nursing provided the college or university has regional
accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the Department
of Education at the time of the candidate's graduation and the
composite qualifications of the applicant warrant such
consideration. In cases of graduates of foreign schools of
professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and
unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation
from an approved school of professional nursing. OR The completion
of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge
Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration
constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of
professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of
professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a
copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix
G6) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional
nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted
registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an
approved school of professional nursing.
* Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a
graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth
(i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of
Preferred Experience: At least one year of medical-surgical
experience is preferred. ANCC Certification is preferred.
Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in
determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate,
the level within a grade:
* Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in
Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience
* Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately
1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in
Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no
additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science
in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing
* Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and
approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN
or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field
and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a
BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR
a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and
no additional nursing practice/experience.
* Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing
practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's
degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing
practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related
field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years of nursing
practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic
requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related
field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
* Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN
and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a
Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years of nursing
Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge
Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN
is not required.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II,
Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the
local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity
(including depth perception), keen hearing (aide permitted), clear
distinctive speech, and manual dexterity in both hands. This
position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (2
-4 hours), standing (2-6 hours), stooping, sitting, bending,
pulling (1-2 hours), pushing (1-2 hours) lifting (> 50 pounds),
carrying (> 50 pounds). Transferring patients and objects may be
required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent
may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and
may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations,
operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may
be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium,
dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Ability for rapid mental and
muscular coordination simultaneously. The incumbent must be a
mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working
effectively in stressful situations, and able to shift priorities
based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health
requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a
condition of employment. Must be able to work closely with others,
as well as protracted or irregular hours of work. Must be compliant
with the use of ergonomic exercises and employee safety
requirements. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or
other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if
you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or
institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can
verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If
you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements,
you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your
transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For
further information, visit:
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The
health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not
covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP)
are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to
such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or
pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only
infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required
to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of
proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will
provide additional information regarding what information or
documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally
required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable
If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to
submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in
this Job Opportunity Announcement.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY
NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application,
resume, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may
affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: Candidate's education, scope, and length of nursing practice
(experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards
Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant
selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range
listed for this vacancy.
Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the
experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the
following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional
Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension
of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core
competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including
volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace
Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional;
philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and
skills and can provide valuable training and experience that
translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for
all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment
reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process
to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or
during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge
regarding a candidate's abilities; and assist a hiring manager with
making a final selection for a position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that
have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for
Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment
at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and
coaching and reintegration support for military service
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