Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Urology) in Anchorage, Alaska

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Anchorage, AK
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 3/21/2016 (214 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1659533

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PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA is tax-free) is currently 5.31% and is subject to change in the future.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are not authorized.

This position is Open Until Filled, applicants will be referred as they are received. Position may be filled before the closing date.


The Registered Nurse (Urology) at the Alaska VA Healthcare System is located at the Joint Venture Hospital and is accountable to the ICU Nurse Manager. The DoD/VA Joint Venture Hospital serves the health needs of Alaska Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiaries through DoD/VA Joint Venture, VA Outpatient Clinic, United Health Care/TRICARE, and the Alaska Federal Health Care Partnership. Provide safe, prompt, and skillful nursing care for patients with health complaints and diseases related to the genitourinary system. The patients present for care of acute and chronic problems within the range of those appropriate for outpatient ambulatory care scheduled for office visits for urologic consultation, diagnostic tests, treatments and office procedures. Nursing practice in the clinic includes an emphasis on health promotion, accountability, assessment, education, infection control, safety, psychological support, administration and research. A multidisciplinary approach is used to assist the patient, family and/or significant other(s) to attain optimal functioning ability. Continuity of care is promoted through collaborative relationships. Care hand-off is communicated using Situation/Background/Assessment/Recommendations (SBAR) communication technique. Duties of this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Knowledge of urology diagnostic studies such as urodynamic tests, bladder sonogram, uroflow, and others with new technology.
  • Ability to perform catheterization for male and female patients, teach self-catheterization, and change suprapubic catheters.
  • Knowledge and ability to administer medications and treatments such as bladder instillations, testosterone injections, androgen deprivation injections, female urethral dilatations.
  • Provide patient education for care, treatments, diagnostic tests and procedures performed by nursing and/or provider staffs.
  • Prepare and update written patient education literature.
  • Administer pre-procedure antibiotics as ordered, both oral and intramuscular injections.
  • Assist urologist throughout procedures (cystoscopy, prostate biopsies, TUNA, urodynamics), maintaining infection control and safety standards.
  • Operation and handling of specialized equipment, expensive scopes and video equipment.
  • Assist with specimen collection and handling with correct labeling per policy.
  • Provide specific and detailed patient status SBAR hand-off to urgent care nursing staff when patients develop complications during procedures.
  • Complete procedures-specific electronic and/or hard copy documentation per facility policies and procedures.
  • Educate patients in understanding and preparation for scheduled surgical procedures.
  • Communicate with PAT staffs to coordinate pre-surgery evaluations.
  • Assist with coordination of care for referrals to other VAMCs and non-VA facilities.
  • Promote safe patient care by initiating active patient identification with every patient and does not use passive confirmation.
  • Ensure safe patient care during an invasive procedure or surgery, participate in all steps of Universal Protocol, including pre-procedure verification process and "time-out".
  • Demonstrate and maintain full competency in the use and pre-treatment of reusable medical equipment.
  • Schedule individual patient ambulatory care appointments using Veterans Health Information Systems and Architecture (VistA) scheduling options, and CHCS/AHLTA; includes clinic visits, consultations and entries into the Electronic Wait List (EWL).
  • Function with nursing process framework for problem-solving and care facilitation: assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Perform data collection and analysis for the purpose of improving care to patient groups, maximizing utilization of resources and enhancing specialty and acute care services.
  • Coordinate care for large volumes of patients, including maintaining a system to track referrals and schedule patients accordingly for appointments to include but not limited to, reoccurring injections and procedures.
  • Receive phone calls for Urology Department from other VA and non-VA facilities, other departments within the 673rd MDG and VA facility, and from patients that require triage and advice.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., may be negotiable. Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse (Urology)/000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • You must be a US citizen.


  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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. 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). 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.
  • Education/Experience Requirements:

Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in

nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no

experience. Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in

Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with

approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no

experience. Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a

related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and

approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and

has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.

  • Preferred Experience: BSN; 2 - 3 years successful nursing practice in Urology nursing or medical/surgical nursing. Obtain and maintain Basic Life Support (BLS) certification and when offered urology procedures include those requiring moderate sedation. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification is also required.
  • Grade Determinations: Experience as a 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. The criteria are as follows:

  • *Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;

  • *Professional Development: performance, education/career development;

  • *Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;

  • *Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research. 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 require occasional lifting (45 lbs and over); moderate carrying (15-44 lbs); standing, walking, and kneeling; pushing/pulling; the use of fingers on both hands; ability to reach above shoulders; repeated bending; climbing using legs and arms; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable to 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic color and shades of colors; and hearing (hearing aid permitted). 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; religious; 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.

PLEASE 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: 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.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: 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. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via US postal service within 2-4 weeks.

Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement (Friday, December 30, 2016). If this requirement is not met and you are not referred to the hiring facility, you may contact the local HR office for Direct Hiring Authority options.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

Other Information

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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $65,643.00 to $102,767.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Federal Employees

Control Number: 433471600

Job Announcement Number: VT-16-MMC-1659533-BU-OCA