Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration REGISTERED NURSE, 2J/ICU in Temple, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Temple, TX
Work Schedule is Part Time 40 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

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

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1824935

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?

The CTVHCS Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a combined 18 bed medical cardiac and surgical critical care unit designed for adult and geriatric Veterans experiencing life-threatening problems requiring complex assessment and therapies, high intensity interventions and continuous nursing vigilance. The ICU has an all RN staff who has a specialized body of knowledge, skills and experience. Treatment and procedures frequently provided include (but are not limited to) mechanical ventilation, respiratory distress/failure, pneumonia, COPD, GI bleed, sepsis, and complications of diabetes (DKA). Treatment and procedures frequently provided, but are not limited to: mechanical ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring, temporary and permanent pacemakers, titration of intravenous medications, thrombolytic therapy, intensive monitoring of chest tubes, a variety of surgical drains, bedside tracheostomies, etc.

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX. Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College State. NO STATE TAXES!!!

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 are required to submit the following supporting documents type(s):

  • Other (VA Form 10-2850a, Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Required). Available at the following website: :;=&Action;=Search

  • Resume

If you fail to submit the required documents, you will be considered ineligible for consideration.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for a student loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Please contact the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinators for this medical center at to obtain additional information.


This is a bargaining unit position

Tour of Duty: Primary schedules are 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, 3:30 pm - 12:00 am, and 11:30 pm - 8:00 am, to include 12 hours tours, 11:30 pm - 12:00 pm (noon), 11:30 am - 12:00 am (midnight), 7:30 am - 8:00 pm, and 7:30 pm - 8:00 am. Work will be rotating shifts to include off duty tours, holidays and weekends

DUTIES: The Registered Nurse (RN) is responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The RN will effectively demonstrate successful nursing practice characterized by using sound clinical judgment, and characteristics of critical care nursing practice in assessment/reassessment, analysis, nursing diagnosis, planning of interventions, outcome identification, and evaluation of human responses of individuals to care/treatment; triage and prioritization; stabilization and resuscitation; Incumbent directs the delivery of nursing care and leadership provided through assignment, delegation and supervision of ancillary staff and through committee participation, patient care and discharge instructional teaching activities, and demonstrated ability to function as a preceptor to other nurses. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, and able to shift priorities based on patient needs. The incumbent must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds. Willing to work cooperatively as a member of a team in all assignments. Makes caring for the Veteran his/her priority while in the work setting and demonstrates customer service principles in all aspects of work. Self-motivated in the pursuit of meeting professional work standards. This position requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital. The incumbent is directly responsible to the Nurse Manger.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Two years of recent ICU experience.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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 bachelors 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

Preferred Experience:

  1. BSN and approximately 2-3 years of experience; or

  2. MSN and approximately 1-2 years of experience; Masters in a field related to nursing and a BSN and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or

  3. Docotoral degree in nursing, or in a field related to nursing and no 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:This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

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.

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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: $60,314.00 to $101,984.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453352400

Job Announcement Number: AG3817017-Bbo-1824935-BU