Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Ambulatory Surgery Center) in Augusta, Georgia

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

Opened Monday 2/1/2016 (264 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/30/2016 (39 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1615030

This is an open continuous announcement; applicants will be reviewed and referred on a bi-weekly basis; the announcement will remain open until the position is filled. The first cut-off for consideration will be September 16, 2016.

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

Augusta Georgia is the home of the world renowned 'Masters' golf tournament and is Georgia's second oldest and second largest city. Please visit the official Augusta website to learn more about this ever changing and exciting city:

The Augusta Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is a two-division Medical Center that provides tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and spinal cord injury. The Medical Center is affiliated with the Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA and as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. This facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits.

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.* *

Education Debt Reduction Program: You are eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). You will be eligible to apply for an award up to the maximum limitation under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program. Eligibility to apply does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Award amounts are based on availability of funding. For additional information, please contact Human Resources, extension 6915 to speak with the EDRP Coordinator.

*Relocation Expenses are not authorized. *

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by the 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.

Current permanent employees of the Charlie Norwood VAMC will receive first consideration when filling vacancies.


Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 5:00am-1:30pm/10:00am-6:30pm (alternating shift)

Location of position: Downtown Division, Nursing Services (Ambulatory Surgery Center)


Delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned clients in the Prescreening Clinic and the Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Demonstrates integration of bio psychosocial concepts, cognitive skills and technical competence.

Demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving care utilizing collaborative strategies with clients, family members and members of the interdisciplinary team.

Nursing experience in surgical procedures to include, but not limited to, moderate sedation, sterile technique, and recovery.

Works effectively with a variety of professional and ancillary personnel.

Requires ability to demonstrate mature judgment, initiative, and proficiency in nursing skills.

Requires ability to work independently and without direct supervision.

Requires ability to be a team player.

Requires proficiency in holding arterial pressure.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Licensure, Certification and/or Registration required.
  • Copy of College Transcripts

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6, Nurse Qualification Standards

(1) U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. (2) 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. 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) (3) 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. (4) Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement may be required. (5) RN's appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.

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.

Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience. Applicant's successful nursing practice 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.

Preferred experience in ambulatory surgical procedures or operating room.

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.

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.

Physical Requirements:Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (6 hours); Pushing (6-10 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (6-10 hours); Standing (6-10 hours); Kneeling (1 hour); Repeated bending (4 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted)

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
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Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $55,595.00 to $101,678.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 428210200

Job Announcement Number: OD-16-RW-1615030-144-BU