Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse - Home Based Primary Care in Hot Springs, South Dakota

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

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (21 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):*1819798*

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.

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.

The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota, where America vacations. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, is the Second Happiest and one of the Safest States in the nation, is home to one of's Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment venues. We offer rich history, from Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations to the 7th Cavalry, Deadwood, the Star Spangled Banner and Mount Rushmore. Wildlife abounds, sometimes in our own backyards, and rush hour may mean waiting for elk to cross the road. The Black Hills experiences more sunny days than Miami or Honolulu, ensuring year round outdoor recreation. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling - the opportunities are endless. The Black Hills includes stunning landscapes such as Harney Peak, Bear Butte, the Badlands, Sylvan Lake, the Needles Highway and the Black Hills National Forest. When it's time for civilization, you will find the Black Hills hosting local and national theatre groups, movie companies, national pow wow competitions, international dance troupes, symphony orchestras, concerts, and a variety of entertainers. Sports enthusiasts will find auto races, college sports, semi-pro hockey, and some of the best in rodeo.

With primary campuses at Fort Meade and Hot Springs and numerous Community Based Outpatient Clinics, VA BHHCS provides primary and secondary medical and surgical care, along with Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program services, for Veterans from North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. VA Black Hills Health Care is part of the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23) - where we've been caring for America's Heroes for over 100 years.


This position is a member of the Home Based Primary Care team that provides medical care to Veterans who are unable to receive primary care at the Hot Springs Campus. In the clinical role this individual will:

  • Provide skilled nursing service and case management to a group of veterans in their home/residential setting.

  • Be knowledgeable and skillful in the use of the equipment necessary to function safely in the home and community setting.

  • Possesses a valid unrestricted driver's license and is expected to drive to veterans' place of residence in order to provide skilled nursing services.

  • Consistently demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to function autonomously within the scope of their professional practice.

  • Must possess positive interpersonal skills that facilitate good communication and care coordination between the veteran, caregiver and the HBPC team.

  • Represents the VAMC and HBPC as a competent professional in all encounters with the public.

A highly qualified individual is self-motivated in prioritizing, organizing and carrying out assigned duties. He/she demonstrates flexibility, ingenuity and concentrated effort in meeting patient needs.

Location: This position is located in the Home Based Primary Care Team at the Hot Springs Campus under the authority of Extended Cae and Rehab Service Line with travel to veteran homes within a 70 mile radius of Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Work Schedule: Weekday compressed tour of 10 hour days

Functional Statement Title: HBPC Staff Nurse

Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Travel to Veteran homes for care
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit all required documents.


  • U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nurseing (ACEN-formerly NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). * TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED *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 qualified for professional nursing registration consistutes 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 th VA along witha 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.


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.


  • 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 bachelor's 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.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD*;=2*

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

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.


Heavy Lifting (50 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (50 lbs and over); Straight Pulling/Pushing (3 hours); Reaching above shoulder (2 hours); Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 1 hour); Repeated bending (up to 4 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Simple grasping (2 hours); Kneeling (up to 1 hour); Climbing (1/2 hour).

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides 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

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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: $48,480.00 to $93,018.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 03

Supervisory Status: No

Control Number: 452694000

Job Announcement Number: BH-16-439-LP-1819798-BU