Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (ICU Nurse Manager) in Shreveport, Louisiana

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

Opened Saturday 10/1/2016 (21 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/29/2017 (342 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1639404

This is an open continuous announcement. All qualified applications received for this position will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration until a selection has been made. Applications will be referred on a bi-weekly basis and the position may be filled at any time.

This position is located at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Nursing Service, (Intensive Care Unit), Shreveport, LA.

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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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.

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.


The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurse Manager executes a position responsibility that demonstrates leadership, experience and ingenious approaches to management of complex patient care. The Nurse Manager is accountable for the management of patient care, human, fiscal and material resources, and the total environment of the unit on a twenty-four hour basis. Responsibilities for the incumbent include:

  • Facilitates an atmosphere of interactive management and the development of collegial relationships among nursing personnel and other team members.

  • Promotes a climate for effective performance while allocating available resources to promote safe, efficient, effective, and quality nursing/patient care.

  • Observes and evaluates the quality of nursing care provided including interdisciplinary patient rounds, reviewing nursing documentation in clinical records, and collecting, reviewing, and analyzing data related to the delivery of patient care.

  • Assure the compliance with all regulatory agencies and standards of practice and implementation of required actions to meet Performance Measures.

  • Provides leadership in the application of the nursing process to patient care, organizational processes and systems, and improves outcomes at the program or service level.

  • Initiates an educational plan to meet changing program or service needs for self and staff.

  • Provides leadership in identifying and addressing ethical issues with patients and staff, including initiating and participating in ethical consultations.

  • Initiates interdisciplinary projects to improve organizational performance.

  • Implements an educational plan to meet changing programs or service needs for self and others.

  • Maintains knowledge of current techniques, trends and professional issues.

  • Coaches colleagues in team building.

  • Contributes to the strategic planning process, day-to-day operations, and attainment of goals of the organization.

  • Ability to provide direct patient care to an assigned group of patients.

This Nurse Manager will report directly to the Chief Nurse/Acute Care.

Tour of Duty: Normal work days/hours will be Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, with work day/hours flexibility required as patient care needs require. This position has 24 hour accountability.

Grade and salary for these positions will be determined by the Nurse Professional Standards Board (NPSB).

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required to travel to conferences, etc.
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.


  • 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.


  • 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 Bachelor's 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 Bachelor's 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.

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 Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.

Preferred Education:

  • PhD in Nursing or DNP or

  • MSN or

  • BSN with MS in a health related/management field

Required Certification:

  • ACLS – Advanced Cardiac Life Support

  • BLS - Basic Life Support

Preferred Certification:

  • Certified Critical Care Nurse – CCRN by ANCC

  • Other certifications approved by VA related to position

Preferred Experience:

  • 3 years of continuous, successful ICU and/or Critical Care Adult Nursing Experience

with 3 years of continuous, successful management/leadership experience

P*LEASE NOTE*: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.


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.

Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 pounds); Straight Pulling (up to 2 hours); Pushing (3 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Kneeling (1 hour); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (without aid); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; and Working closely with others.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


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.

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

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: $54,082.00 to $108,756.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and current permanent Federal employees of other Agencies

Control Number: 452226400

Job Announcement Number: YE-17-KL-1639404-SR