Registered Nurse - Med Surg
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: September 20, 2023
Registered Nurse (Only for Current Permanent Employees of
Central Texas VA Health Care System)Summary
In the Registered Nurse role you will serve male and female
Veterans with age ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly
adult, age 65 and over. Central Texas VAHCS is an interdisciplinary
facility servicing outpatient, 24/7 residential Community Living
Center, and Domiciliary. You will work cooperatively as a member of
a team in all assignment and make the Veteran the priority while in
the work setting and demonstrates customer service principles in
all aspects of work.
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* Accepting applications
* Open & closing dates
12/19/2022 to 12/18/2023
$69,521 - $121,750 per year
Salary will vary based on position and location
* Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following locations:
* Austin, TX
* Brownwood, TX
* Cedar Park, TX
* College Station, TX
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* La Grange, TX
* Palestine, TX
* Temple, TX
* Waco, TX
* Remote job
* Telework eligible
Yes-Based on position.
* Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
* 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.
Clarification from the agency
This Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) is open to any current,
permanent employees of the Central Texas VA Health Care System.
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
Applications will expire after 90 days. Applicants will need to
update their applications every 90 days to stay current and
As the Registered Nurse, you will use professional standards of
care and practice to evaluate self, programs, and service
activities. You will maintain knowledge of current techniques,
trends, and professional issues. You will use group process to
identify, analyze, and resolve care problems. Duties of the
position include but are limited to;
* Initiate/participate in Patient Safety activities that result in
* Implement an educational plan to meet changing program or service
* Educate colleagues and serve as a preceptor and/or mentor on
patient safety initiatives and standards.
* Support and enhance client self-determination.
* Serve as a resource for clients and staff in addressing ethical
* Participate in ethics consultations.
* Collaborate with others in research activities to improve
* Identify and assess resource utilization and safety issues,
taking appropriate action.
Work Schedule: Varies per Service Line/Department/Unit
Compressed/Flexible: May be available per Unit Policy
Telework: May be available per Unit Policy
EDRP: May be available for some positions.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Conditions of Employment
* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
* 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
* You may be required to serve a probationary period
* Subject to a background/security investigation
* Must be proficient in written and spoken English
* 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 Department of Veterans
This Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) is open to any current,
permanent employees of the Central Texas VA Health Care System.
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.
* Education: Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved
by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited 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). 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.
* Licensure: 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 Columbia.
Preferred Experience: Varies between different position within this
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 year's of nursing
practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related
field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a
Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing
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: May include any of the following; Heavy
lifting, 45 pounds and over, Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds, Light
Lifting, under 15 pounds, Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over, Light
carrying, under 15 pounds, Straight pulling (8-12 hours), Pulling
hand over hand (8-12 hours), Pushing (8-12 hours), Reaching above
shoulder, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking (8-12
hours), Standing (8-12 hours), Crawling (8-12 Hours), Kneeling
(8-12 Hours), Repeated bending (8-12 hours), Climbing, legs only
(8-12 Hours), Climbing, use of legs and arms, Both legs required,
Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously,
Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision
correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Specific
visual requirements (specify), Both eyes required, Depth
perception, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Ability to
distinguish shades of color, Hearing (aid permitted), Hearing
without aids, Mental and Emotional stability required, Strong legs,
no skin allergies, Sitting (8 hours) Simple grasping (2-4 hours),
Fine manipulation (including keyboarding 4-6 hours) Twisting (2
hours) Strong legs, no skin allergies
The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated
materials and may be required to don protective clothing in
isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The
incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative
secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The
incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable
of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift
priorities based on patient needs. The incumbent must complete
annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or
testing, as a condition of employment.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the appropriate State
agency and accredited by either: a) The Accreditation Commission
for Education in Nursing (ACEN); or b) The Commission on Collegiate
Nursing Education (CCNE) or 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
* ACEN -
* CCNE -
* U.S. Department of Education -
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:
Note: If your school was accredited by Accreditation Commission for
Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education (CCNE) at the time of graduation but is no longer listed
on the ACEN or CCNE website, you must provide documentation of
accreditation with your application packet.
Note: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in
existence, you must provide this information in your
Testing Designated Position: 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
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse
Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay
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.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do
not have in electronic form, view the following link for
information regarding an Alternate Application.
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comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
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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,
r--sum--, 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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