Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Nurse Manager) - Medical / Surgical Unit in Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1825488

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

For over 60 years, Lebanon VA Medical Center has passionately served with trust, excellence and commitment. We have a vibrant affiliation with the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine based at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA and maintain 106 other academic affiliations in a wide variety of disciplines. The largest employer in Lebanon County offering a wide range of benefits including: Retirement, Thrift Savings Plan, Federal Employees Groups Health Insurance, Federal Employees Group Life Insurance, Supplemental Dental and/or Vision, and more. Full-time Nurses earn 4 hours of sick leave each pay period with no limit on the amount that can be accumulated and, also, earn 8 hours of "annual" leave (used for vacation, rest/relaxation, personal business, etc.) with an ability to accumulate a maximum of 685 hours. Additional information can be found on our internet site

*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.*

Note: Salary range amended on 10/14/16.


As a Registered Nurse (Nurse Manager) of our medical/surgical unit, Lebanon, PA you will provide leadership, coordination and direction to staff responsible for the delivery of patient care to Veterans who need inpatient healthcare services. Your duties will also include:

  • Ensuring the highest quality of care for Veterans in your service areas;

  • Promoting patient-centered care;

  • Utilizing professional standards of care and practice to evaluate the practice environment and quality of care rendered;

  • Fostering a culture of safety, professionalism, ethics and integrity;

  • Facilitating teamwork, leadership, mentoring and problem solving;

  • Identifying and analyzing nursing care in a manner that preserves and protects autonomy, cultural preferences, dignity, patient rights and honors the wishes of the older adult;

  • Assuring patient confidentiality and privacy is maintained;

  • Applying ethical resolution processes;

  • Managing resources for staffing, supplies and equipment to facilitate safe, efficient and quality care;

  • Maintaining fiscal responsibility for programs;

  • Supervising nursing staff including monitoring of leave usage, coordinates work schedules, leave approval, disciplinary issues and all other human resources related tasks for unit;

  • Analyzing the environment by identifying hazards to health/safety and making recommendations for corrective actions;

  • Interpreting and applying appropriate laws, regulations, policies and procedures;

  • Evaluating educational needs of self and staff in order to develop/enhance clinical skills and abilities;

  • Ensuring all staff members complete mandatory annual training requirements;

  • Assessing and completing performance reviews on staff;

  • Creating a shared vision, goal and plan for unit;

  • Facilitating communication in all aspects of duty;

  • Demonstrating teamwork and serving as a role model for other staff in promoting an environment and culture of teamwork, cooperation and focus on customer service; and

  • Working as an integral part of Nursing Service Leadership.

Work Schedule:Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, unless an alternate schedule is approved by the supervisor.

Functional Statement Title/#:* *Registered Nurse (Nurse Manager)/00000

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.
  • Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (VAF 10-2850a) required.


  • 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 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).
  • 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.

G*rade 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 required.
  • 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 practice/experience.
  • 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; ORa 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; ORa 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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. 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.

Preferred Experience: At least five years medical surgical and/or telemetry experience, bachelors degree in nursing, and supervisory or managerial experience.

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 pounds and over; pushing; reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; use of both hands required; walking 8 hours; standing 8 hours; repeated bending; climbing legs only; both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other. May be required to work with assaultive or combative patients.

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 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

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: $54,619.00 to $94,414.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453393100

Job Announcement Number: YC-17-BO-1825488