Veteran Health Administration RN - Operating Room in Dallas, Texas

Announcement Number: AH-16-CLH-OC-1747907-BU

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Dallas, TX

Open Period: 2016-07-08 to 2017-01-09

OverviewWho May Apply

United States Citizens

Appointment Duration

Excepted Service Permanent

Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number: 1747907

This position is open until filled, therefore it may be filled prior to the posted closing date. The first cut-off date is July 22, 2016. From that point applications will be referred every two weeks

Job Summary

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.

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 VA and/or Federal employees should apply under 1747907.

VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) is the second busiest VA system in the nation and we are growing! Comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic, VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 4,000 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. VANTHCS also coordinates a Community Based Outpatient Clinic program throughout its 40-county primary service area to improve access to care for veterans throughout 38 North Texas and 2 in southern Oklahoma. Through these four distinctive facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS offers a continuum of health care services to a veteran population of approximately 500,000.

Housed on an 84-acre campus, Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for VANTHCS and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern), it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. Primary care and multi-specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the second largest health care system based on number of patients seen.

Dallas provides a wide variety of cultural and educational opportunities, has a variety of affordable housing opportunities, and is easily accessible nationally and internationally.

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

Key Requirements

  • Must pass pre-employment examination.

  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required

DutiesMajor Duties

Applications are being accepted for five RN's in the Operating Room (OR). Minimum of one year current or recent experience in the OR is required.

·Degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is required. BSN is preferred.

·Incumbent must be self-directed and competent to work independently, be able to work with teams of various professions, be able to work under stressful situations and have the physical ability to stand for long periods of time when in the scrub role.

·Incumbent will be required to take call on a rotating basis and work Saturday rotation.

·Incumbent will be expected to scrub and circulate for all specialties. Unit-specific orientation will be provided. The ability to scrub and circulate Cardio-Thoracic procedures is preferred.

* "The Applicant selected for this position will be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP).Applicant must meet established criteria to receive award.Award is subject to availability of funding". *

Tour of duty is rotating including weekends and holidays, and may be reevaluated periodically to meet patient care needs.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is authorized for this position.

Please see the "Required Documents" section below to ensure you have submitted all documentation

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Citizen of the United States.

  2. 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 (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.

  3. Current, full, active, and unrestricted license as a nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

  4. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determing the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrates essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development: performance, education/career development, Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research. Education/Experience Requirements:

·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 years experience.

Preferred Experience: Baccalaureate degree in nursing and a minimum of three years professional (RN) nursing 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; religious; 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.


Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD


PLEASE 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.


Registered Nurse Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Pushing and pulling (up to 4 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Kneeling (up to 5 hours); Repeated bending (up to 2 hours); 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 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted) and Emotional and Mental Stability.



Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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.

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, January 09, 2017 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package which includes

  1. Resume.

  2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at

  3. Occupational Questionnaire (only required if unable to apply on line)

  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

  5. Copy of your nursing license which shows current expiration date (required).

  6. If a current Federal employee, submitmost recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows current position held, grade, series, and tenure (Please do not submit an award SF50 as it does not show the needed information).

7.If claiming veteran's preference you must include the following documents:

a. All copies of your DD Forms 214, member 2 or 4 copy that shows your character of discharge

(required if claiming).

b. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, should also complete and submit a signed SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at required if claiming.

c. A copy of your disability rating letter(required if claiming).

Current VANTHCS employees must submit the following documents

  1. Resume (required)

  2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at (required if you are not currently employed as an RN at the North Texas VA Medical Center).

  3. Copy of unofficial college transcripts (required)

  4. Copy of nursing license showing current expiration date (required)

  5. Submitmost recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows current position held, grade, series, and tenure (Please do not submit an award SF50 as it does not show the needed information).

  6. Any other supporting documentation if desired

  7. Occupational Questionnaire (only required if unable to apply on line)

Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1747907.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.