Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in Togus, Maine

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Togus, ME
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (15 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/2/2016 (13 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1815870 (Please include on all documents)

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.

Current permanent VA Maine Healthcare System employees should apply under announcement number



Scope of Practice - Core Privileges

a) Initiation and maintenance of general anesthesia;

b) Initiation and maintenance of anesthesia by neuraxial (spinal and epidural), local, regional nerve block, and field block techniques;

c) Administration of Monitored Anesthesia Care, as well as moderate sedation (previously conscious sedation), deep sedation, and light sedation, as defined by and in Center Circular (VA Maine Healthcare System) 00-11-35 (112));

d) Monitoring and documentation of patient's vital signs during a), b) or c);

e) Maintenance of patients' cardio respiratory and other vital functions during administration of anesthesia or sedation;

f) Post-anesthesia management (recovery) in situations where PACU nurses are not available;

g) Acute airway management;

h) Insertion of intravascular monitoring catheters (arterial and central venous), and the management of generated data;

I) Management of fluid/electrolyte and hematologic aberrations during surgical or other invasive procedures;

j) Preoperative patient evaluation, together with formulation of anesthesia plan;

k) Any other procedure, process or technique commonly understood to lie within the scope of practice of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist;

l) Recapping and changing needles using appropriate technique.

Additional privileges

a) Writing authorized medical orders, including orders, including consultation services (have to be countersigned within 24 hours by physician);

b) Ordering authorized tests (have to be countersigned within 24 hours by physician).

Work Schedule: 6:30am-3:00pm Monday-Friday

Functional Statement Title/#: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education (1) A degree in nursing from 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 a current, full, and unrestricted registration and the possession of a Certificate from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. (2) Graduate of an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
  • 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.
  • On or after May 4, 1993, certification by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists is a requirement for employment.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/37, Part II, Appendix G7 NURSE ANESTHETIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD

Physical Requirements: This position requires moderate lifting and carrying (15-44 lbs.), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers and hands, walking and standing (3 hours per shift), kneeling, repeated bending, 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 other, ability to distinguish basic colors and hearing (aid permitted).

Grade Determinations:

The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates:

Entry Level (Nurse II)

Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. The following list of knowledge, skills and abilities present the minimum skill set expected of an Entry Level Nurse Anesthetist. Entry level into nurse anesthesia practice may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Ability to translate the principles of professional nursing practice in the care of assigned patients in order to provide appropriate care.

  2. Ability to do a pre-anesthetic patient history and physical, which includes collecting pre-operative consults and data.

  3. Ability to formulate an anesthetic plan and describe the anesthetic risks, benefits and options to the patient.

  4. Ability to administer inhalation, regional, intravenous, local, and topical anesthetics and to detect unfavorable reactions in order to continuously evaluate the patient's physical status.

  5. Ability to respond to emergency situations by providing airway management, administration of emergency fluids and drugs, and using appropriate resuscitation procedures for patient care.

  6. Ability to provide patient care that is abreast of changing concepts and advancements in the profession.

  7. Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment for improvement of services for patient care.

  8. Ability to practice nurse anesthesia with colleagues and peers utilizing a collaborative team concept of anesthesia care.

Full Performance Level (Nurse III)

Experience and Education. In addition to meeting the requirements for Entry Level, the CRNA has had progressively responsible experience in the administration of anesthetics as indicated in the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below. These individuals must demonstrate the ability to participate in a program for nurse anesthesia care and demonstrate knowledge of anesthetizing locations, methods, equipment and procedures. At this level, the CRNA has experience in the administration of anesthetics that has demonstrated the nurse anesthetist's ability to participate in team programs that are technically challenging and/or complicated. Typically candidates can demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities of Full Performance Level within 2 years from entering the occupation.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Full Performance Level practice in nurse anesthesia includes but is not limited to the following:

  1. Skill in conducting and managing anesthesia for a broad range of complex surgical procedures. In addition, the CRNA must be able to adapt/modify anesthesia techniques in order to optimize patient care.

  2. Ability to complete work assignments selected to add depth and breadth to their technical knowledge and skill competence. Work assignments will vary at each facility depending on the progressive acuity required for anesthesia care.

  3. Ability to respond to emergency situations by providing airway management, administration of emergency fluids and drugs, and by the use of basic or advanced cardiac life support techniques in order to perform necessary resuscitation procedures.

  4. Ability to effectively blend technology, skills, and competency for the advancement of anesthesia techniques, pharmacology, and equipment.

  5. Ability to apply new developments and theories to develop and demonstrate the ability to recognize and solve various complex anesthesia situations.

  6. Ability to practice nurse anesthesia with colleagues and peers in a team concept of anesthesia care and blend management skills with technical experience.

  7. Ability to recognize clinical and technical aspects of anesthesia care and has in-depth knowledge of anesthesia methods and techniques for the practice of anesthesia.

  8. Ability to perform as a mentor, preceptor, or nurse educator providing didactic and clinical instruction for graduate-level nurse anesthesia students and/or other anesthesia care providers.

  9. Ability to participate in the development of anesthesia patient care audit processes involving in depth review and analysis of anesthesia records.

  10. Ability to provide guidance and instruction in preparing others for positions of leadership and ethical practices which impact patient care.

NOTE: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

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.

Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to .

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 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

IMPORTANT VETERAN INFORMATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.For more information on veterans' preference see

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: $87,474.00 to $163,123.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0605-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 452279400

Job Announcement Number: VHA-402-17-AMR-1815870-BU