Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse - Cardiac Cath and Electrophysiology Lab in Tucson, Arizona

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Tucson, AZ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 8/17/2016 (71 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (64 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1777155

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?

Dedicated to Patient-Centered Care, the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS) is a state of the art network of health care facilities throughout Southern Arizona comprised of the medical center in Tucson, Arizona and seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Casa Grande, Green Valley, Safford, Sierra Vista, Yuma, Northwest and Southeast Tucson. Through an environment of compassion, education, and research, SAVAHCS is a national model of clinical and organizational excellence.


As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities 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 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 Southern Arizona VA Health Care System honors America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well being.

Are YOU the one?

We expect members of the SAVAHCS team to continually meet the VISN 18 Quality Standards.

Safety: SAFETY comes first! Kindness: Treat Veterans, families, guests and SAVAHCS team members with compassion, respect and dignity. Performance Excellence: Give your personal best and strive to "exceed expectations." Presentation: Demonstrate professionalism, positive attitude and passion. Stewardship: Accept responsibility for the duties entrusted to you, maintain the environment and support the SAVAHCS tradition of exceptional health care.


In the Cardiac Cath and Electrophysiology labs, the RN assist the physician in the invasive testing and/or treatment of patients. He/she is responsible for providing nursing care adapted to individual patient needs based on the nursing process, which includes assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Current experience in this specialty, critical care experience, and current ACLS is required.

Duties included:

  • Circulates, assists, and operates equipment for all the various Cardiac Cath/EP Lab procedures. These procedures include, but are not limited to, Right and Left Heart Diagnostic Catheterizations, Left Heart Catheterizations, Balloon Angioplasty, Rotoblater Angioplasty, Coronary Arterial Stent Placement, Intravascular Ultrasound, Carotid Angiogram and Stent placement, and Peripheral Angiogram, Angioplasty and Stent placements; Impella insertion; laser arthrectomy.
  • Monitors patients during Cardiac Cath/EP procedures, including continuous ECG and hemodynamic monitoring, identification of cardiac arrhythmias, response to medications, titration of vasoactive IV medications, and treatments.
  • Documents patient data during procedures.
  • Administers medications, including ACLS medications and anticoagulants utilizing all safety precautions.
  • Administers moderate sedation with appropriate patient monitoring, assessment, and documentation.
  • Operates complex radiographic, angiographic, and digital recording equipment.
  • Maintains all radiation safety principles.
  • Conducts quality control procedures on equipment.
  • Participates in sheath removal post-procedures.
  • Follows strict adherence to sterile technique, infection control, and safety practices.
  • Maintains knowledge of the IABP, function of a transvenous pacemaker, and new technological equipment added to the Cath Lab or EP Lab.
  • Transports patients pre and post procedure.
  • Thorough knowledge of cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, and hemodynamics, as well as cardiovascular equipment and supplies.
  • Use knowledge and practice in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act, standards of Nursing Practice and patient care, JCAHO, state and local laws, hospital policies.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday day shift; scheduled on-call shifts for emergent procedures after hours.

Functional Statement Title/#: Catheterization/Electrophysiology Lab 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.


  • 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.
  • Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year’s of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year’s of nursing practice/experience.

Preferred Experience: 2 year Cath Lab experience, ICU/CCU experience, BSN preferred, ACLS, Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) experience, be proficient in Moderate Sedation; RCIS and/or RCES certification is a plus.

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:Heavy lifting (<35 lbs), Moderate carrying (15-44 lbs), Pushing (4 hrs), Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking (8-10 hrs), Standing (8-10 hrs), Crawling (<1 hr), Kneeling (1 hr), Repeated bending (4 hrs), Both legs required (Prosthesis may be utilized), Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Ability to read material the size of typewritten characters, without strain (glasses permitted), Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors, Hearing (aid permitted), Ability to hear the whispered voice with or without hearing aid, Mental and emotional stability, Work under tension, Frequent changes in working schedules and conditions, Undergo review for history of impairment due to allergies.

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: $56,292.00 to $101,929.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 447859400

Job Announcement Number: PM-16-DT-1777155-4CA-BU