Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Telemetry RN in Syracuse, New York

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

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1822644

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?




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.

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 position is precluded from being considered for other positions within the Syracuse VA Medical Center, or satellite CBOCs for a period of one (1) year after your start date.

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.


This position is within section 7B of the Syracuse VA Medical Center. 7B is a 22 bed Medical/Surgical /Chronic ventilator and telemetry unit. 10 of these beds are Telemetry capable. The unit is comprised of 6 private rooms (four of which are designated as negative pressure, 1 Bariatric), and eight 2-bed rooms. Capabilities for ventilators are located within each room on the unit. 2 of the Private rooms have the capability of providing bedside Hemodialysis.

7B cares for veteran patients of all ages with the following medical diagnosis most commonly seen; COPD, pneumonia, CAD, CHF, angina, syncope, CVAs and R/O MI. We care for surgical patients pre-operative and post-operative for a wide variety of surgical interventions. We care for general surgery patients, ENT patients, GU patients, neurosurgical patients and same day surgical and procedure patients as needed for overnight care. Nursing care on this unit requires particular skill in physical assessment, pain management, knowledge of fluid and electrolyte balance, artificial airway maintenance and telemetry Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • The incumbent will be responsible for providing care to a diverse population of patients with a wide spectrum of conditions.

  • The incumbents will be expected to float to other units when staffing needs fluctuate.

  • Incumbent will be responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care.

  • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age-specific components.

  • Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction.

  • Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences.

  • Administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team.

  • Core elements of performance include knowledge and active participation in unit/program level quality improvement processes and initiatives as well as customer service programs.

Work Schedule: Shift-12 hours, Work Schedule: This will include rotating evening/night tours as well as weekends and holiday coverage. Functional Statement Title/#: RN: Nurse I-II

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 (BLS) certification.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification within 1 year.


  • 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.

UNIT REQUIREMENTS: Candidate MUST have a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

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:

Moderate Lifting (up to 45 lbs. and over); moderate Carrying (up to 45 lbs. and over); 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"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted)]; Clear Speech; irregular work hours.

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: $47,065.00 to $82,860.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453154400

Job Announcement Number: WV-17-DEJ-1822644-BU