Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse - Float Pool in Syracuse, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Syracuse, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (2 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1825870


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?

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.

All 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. This is a testing designated position.

NOTE REGARDING PAY:Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected. The full performance level of this vacancy is Nurse II. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of Nurse I Level I to Nurse II.


As a Staff Nurse you will provide prescribed medical treatment and personal care services to ill and injured veterans. Duties include:

  • Documenting observations.

  • Assessments and changes in patient's condition.

  • Collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes.

  • Providing a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems.

  • Meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of assigned grade.

  • Good organizational skills which enable completion of work.

  • Demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program.

  • Ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

*Work Schedule: * Nights - 8/12 shift(s) to include weekends/holidays. Must be flexible with schedule and be able to float throughout the medical center. Will be discussed at time of interview.

Functional Statement Title/#: RN Nurse 1 - Float Nurse and RN Nurse 2 - Float Nurse

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.
  • Basic Life Support Certification (BLS).
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • Graduated from an accredited Nursing Education


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • 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.

*Grade 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.

Preferred Experience: MED-SURG to GERIATRIC 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.

Education/Experience Requirements:AAS or Diploma in Nursing minimum.

Physical Requirements:

Moderate Lifting (15-44 pounds), Moderate Carrying (15-44 pounds); Straight Pulling (up to 2 hour); Pushing (up to 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 6 hours); Kneeling (up to 1.5 hours); repeated bending (up to 2 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13"to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted)]; Clear Speech.

Environmental Factors: Excessive noise, intermittent; Working around machinery with moving parts; Working closely with others; Protracted or irregular hours of work.

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: $47,066.00 to $82,860.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453474300

Job Announcement Number: WV-17-DEJ-1825870-BU