DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
Human Resources (05A)
400 Veterans Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39531
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT #VA-520-VA-025(10)
OPENING DATE: 12/03/2009 CLOSING DATE: 12/17/2009
POSITION: Registered Nurse (Staff Nurse), VN-0610-I, II or III
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Determined by Nurse Professional Standards Board
commensurate with education and experience
SALARY RANGE: Determined by Nurse Professional Standards Board commensurate
with education and experience
DUTY LOCATION: Acute Inpatient, Acute Care, Nursing Service, Biloxi, Mississippi
The successful candidate’s duty location and tour of duty may be changed at a later date,
based on staffing needs.
TOUR OF DUTY: Night Shift; 8 hour to include, to include extended hours, weekends
& holidays-may require some rotation.
NUMBER OF VACANCIES: 1
Note: Additional positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Applications will be accepted from all qualified
RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation Expenses and Relocation/Recruitment
Expenses are not authorized.
DUTIES: The staff nurse is a professional nurse who is directly responsible to the
nurse manager. The staff nurse has team leader responsibilities, which include assisting
the nurse manager to create an environment that promotes personal growth and employee
satisfaction. Evaluates and determines, with the nurse manager, the kind and amount of
nursing care required to meet the nursing needs of patients. Assists the nurse manager in
coordinating patient care activities with other services and/or departments to promote
comprehensive health care for patients. Plans for effective patient care by: collecting data
pertinent for assessing, planning, and evaluating nursing actions to ensure quality patient
care; making nursing diagnoses, documenting, and implementing appropriate nursing
care; initiating, developing, revising, and utilizing a nursing care plan that is
individualized and current for each patient; documenting pertinent information in the
patient's clinical record according to disease entity and individualized problems; making
assignments according to the capabilities and preparation of personnel relative to the
degree of illness of patients; and planning daily assignments to ensure that distribution of
workload is commensurate with the nursing needs of patients. Provides for the accurate
administration of treatments and medications as ordered by the physician and in
accordance with established policies and procedures. Assists in developing and revising
standardized methods and procedures that facilitate quality patient care. Assists in
evaluating nursing needs of patients admitted to the health care system to determine
needs for patient/family teaching and/or need for community nurse referral prior to
discharge. Participates in interdisciplinary planning conferences, discharge planning
conferences and patient/family teaching programs and conferences. Serves as a role
model for peers and supportive care employees in the provision of direct patient care and
conduct. Provides emergency treatment in cases of cardiac arrest and respiratory distress.
Provides crisis intervention in psychiatric emergencies. Participates in performance
improvement. The employee provides patient care, which is appropriate to the cognitive,
emotional, and chronological maturation needs of the young/middle/older patient.
Collaborates with the nurse manager to determine the number and type of personnel
required for quality care. Communicates concerns of nursing personnel to the nurse
manager (and receives feedback) for evaluation and disposition. Assumes responsibility
for developing leadership skills with the assistance of the nurse manager and assumes
supervisory/administrative responsibilities of the nurse manager when assigned to the
charge nurse role. Assists in determining and ordering the kind of level of supplies and
equipment needed to perform nursing care activities on the unit. Assists in arranging for
maintenance and repair of all unit equipment as indicated. Makes regular rounds at
frequent intervals to observe and evaluate the quality of nursing care and service given to
patients including the patient's clinical records when team leader. Assists in providing for
the confidentiality of all medical records on the unit. Assists the nurse manager in
interpreting and applying policies relative to EEO and labor/management agreements.
Assists in coordinating the communication of the daily activities and conditions of
patients between all tours of duty. Reports pertinent information relative to unit activities
and condition of patients to the head nurse. Participates in the health care system's safety
programs and provides for the implementation of safety standards on the unit level.
Participates in selected nursing and health care system committees. Conducts counseling
of supportive care personnel, as appropriate. Participates in identification and
design/selection of studies of problem areas within the nursing unit. Interprets and
evaluates findings from studies for problem solution on the nursing unit. Helps develop
plan for improving performance on the nursing unit. Assists in the analysis of nursing
activities on the surgical unit by reviewing: nursing needs of patients; functions and skills
of nursing personnel; and changing methods and techniques in nursing. Assists in the
introduction and evaluation of new supplies/equipment. Participates in ward orientation
of new personnel, planning, and conducting staff conferences. Shares information,
teaches , and supervises staff on new procedures and skills. Participates in professional
clinical interest activities and pursues professional studies, both formal and informal.
Assures personal and professional growth through self-study and attendance/participation
in seminars and/or workshops, etc. Plans, conducts, and evaluates ward in-services
Nurse I Level 1
Scope: Delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned clients while
developing technical competencies.
Nurse I Level 2
Scope: Demonstrates integration of biopsychosocial concepts, cognitive skills, and
technically competent practice in providing care to clients with basic or complex needs.
Nurse I Level 3
Scope: Demonstrates proficiency in practice based on conscious and deliberate planning.
Self-directed in goal setting for managing complex client situations.
Scope: Demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through
collaborative strategies with others.
Scope: Executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and
creative approaches to management of complex client care.
a. Basic Requirements
(1) Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section
A, paragraph 3g, of this part.)
(2) Graduation from School of Nursing. Graduate of a school of professional
nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by the National League
for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate
Nursing Education (CCNE)
at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
(3) Registration. Condition of Employment. A nurse will have a current, full,
active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory,
or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The RN
must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment
(4) Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
(5) English Language Proficiency. RNs appointed to direct resident care
positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C.
7402(d) and 7407(d).
The above is an excerpt from VA Handbook 5005 for the full text, see the Handbook on
file in the Human Resources Management Service.
PROMOTION POTENTIAL (IF APPLICABLE): Determined by Nurse Professional
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A background security investigation will be
required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to applicant’s successful
completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to
successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: A physical exam is required. Each applicant must
meet the physical requirements for the position and other regulatory requirements.
DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace
Policy. 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 the VA for a period
of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by
employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d)
of Executive Order 12564. This is a testing designated position.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: No persons shall serve in direct resident-
care positions in VHA unless it has been determined that they are proficient in basic
written and spoken English. This requirement is added as a selective placement factor in
compliance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).
EVALUATION METHOD: Applicants who meet qualification requirements will be
further evaluated by determining the extent to which their work or related experience,
education, training, awards, and/or outside activities indicate they possess the preferred
characteristics/experience needed to be successful in this position. Applicants must
prepare a concise narrative addressing each factor. Failure to submit information
requested will negatively affect your eligibility for this position.
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience whether the experience was
gained as a part-time or full-time occupation. All applicants will be evaluated based on
the quality and extent to which their experience and education show possession of the
qualifications required. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time
actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such
experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each
position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
PREFERRED CHARACTERISTICS/EXPERIENCE: In addition to the basic
qualification requirements, applicants must have demonstrated evidence of the following
knowledge, skills, and abilities determined to be essential for satisfactory performance in
1. Ability to be self-directed and dependable.
2. Excellent interpersonal and time management skills.
3. Guide and direct care delivery through other nursing personnel.
4. Participation in team approach to care – demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible
member of the nursing team to interact with patients, family members, professional and
supportive personnel who provide patient care and with members of other services;
5. Ability to work professionally with patients who may exhibit a wide variety of
physical and behavioral symptoms.
6. Effective documentation skills utilizing the electronic medical record.
7. Effectively relate to the public in a courteous and helpful manner, interacting with co-
workers in a cooperative and professional manner, responding constructively to
8. BSN preferred.
9. Med-Surg experience is desirable.
HOW TO APPLY:
VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
Human Resources (05A)
400 Veterans Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39531
Applicants must submit the following:
1a. On-station (VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System) employees MUST
submit a VA Form 10-2850a (Application for Nurses), current resume is
recommended, OF-306 (Declaration for Federal Employment) and VA Form 4078,
Application for Promotion or Reassignment, to Human Resources, Bldg 53, Room
2A-110. In addition to the application package, responses containing all
information/documentation relevant to demonstrating possession of the preferred
characteristics/experience outlined in the announcement (e.g., experience, education,
licensure/certification, etc.) should be submitted by the closing date of the
announcement. Official Personnel Folders (OPFs) will no longer be reviewed as
part of the qualification and evaluation process. The application package must
include submission of the appropriate application forms for the position announced
(e.g., VA Form 10-2850a). Copies of educational transcripts must be submitted in
order to receive credit for any required education. Additionally, most recent
Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50), copies of last 3 proficiency reports, must
be included. You MUST include all of the information specified in the vacancy
announcement. Application material can be delivered in person or sent via inter-
office mail to (05A). Application material must be received in Human Resources by
the closing date of the announcement. No credit will be given for education unless
substantiated by college transcripts.
1b. Off –station applicants, must submit VA Form 10-2850a, Application for Nurses, it
must be typed or printed clearly in dark ink. You should also complete an OF-306,
Declaration for Federal Employment and a resume. (Application materials may be
obtained by using www.va.gov/FORMS/dot/VAF-2850a.dot website.) You MUST
include all of the information specified in the vacancy announcement Application
material must be received in Human Resources by the closing date of the
announcement. If application is delivered in person, it must be received by close of
business (4:30pm) on the closing date of the announcement to the VA Gulf Coast
Veterans Health Care System, Human Resources (05A), Building 53, Room 2A-110, 400
Veterans Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39531. Vacancy announcement number must be clearly
marked on the application. Additionally, off station applicants should comply with the
2. Copy of your current/active RN license(s) and/or any certifications.
3. Copy of your official college transcript showing receipt of RN degree from an NLN
4. Applicants should submit a narrative statement on a separate page(s) with specific
responses to the Preferred Characteristics/Experience factors in this announcement to
include review of the specific duties listed in this announcement.
5. Applicants, if currently employed by the Federal Government, must submit a copy of
their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing tenure group,
promotion potential (if any), and position title, series, and grade.
6. Last three (3) proficiency reports/performance evaluations.
7. Veterans claiming 5-point Veterans preference MUST submit a DD214 showing
character of discharge (member copy #4). Veterans who are claiming 10-point
preference MUST submit a DD214 (showing character of discharge), as well as, an
Application for Veterans Preference (SF-15) and a letter for “civil service purposes”
dated within the past 12 months issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Please do not submit your application package in a notebook or binder with extraneous
information. Applicants should provide sufficient information to enable Human
Resources to properly evaluate their application against the Qualification Standards.
INTERNET AND FAXED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System employees are responsible for assuring that
their Official Personnel Folder contains a complete record of education, training and
work experience by the closing date of the announcement.
POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Staffing 228-
OTHER INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW:
This vacancy announcement is a solicitation for current vacancy. Your application will
be kept on file for one year from date of application. It is your responsibility to make
sure that any address and telephone number changes is conveyed to the organizational
address listed within this announcement.
INCOMPLETE PACKAGES: Failure to submit a complete application package, as
stated in the announcement, will result in your application not being processed.
NO POSTAGE PAID ENVELOPE: In accordance with 18 USC 1719 and USC 3201 the
use of postage paid government envelopes for filing job applications is a violation of
federal law and regulations. Applications mailed using government postage and/or
internal federal government mail system will not be accepted.
PBI INTERVIEWS: Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance
Based Interviewing process (PBIs). For more information on the performance-based
interview process, see www.va.gov/pbi
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The United States Government does not
discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an
employee organization or other non-merit factors.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: Federal agencies provide reasonable
accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need accommodation for any part
of the application process, contact the hiring agency. The decision on granting
reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This position requires completion of a two-year
probationary period, if not already served.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their
employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by
Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to
uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same
name. As allowed by Presidential directive, your SSN is used to seek information about
you from employers, schools, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your
SSN on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you
may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other
Employees, who received a buyout and subsequently return to positions in Federal
agencies, whether by re-employment or contracts for personal services, are generally
obligated to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid it.
The Office of Personnel Management and other Federal agencies rate applicants for
Federal jobs under the authority of sections 1104, 1302, 3301, 3304, 3361, 3393, and
3394 of title 5 of the United States Code. We need the information requested to evaluate
your qualifications. Other laws require us to ask about citizenship, military service, etc.
This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any
required probationary period, the position will be permanent.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must
certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from
having to do so under the Selective service Law.
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