RN, Specialty Medicine, Cardiology Clinic
Department of Veterans Affairs - Clark County, NV

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VHA-593-12-JS-792960 RN, Specialty Medicine -Cardiology Clinic

(This position is open until filled)

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?

Be a member of a top nursing leadership team providing compassionate health care to veterans! We are an employer of choice who provides excellence in patient-centered care, education, and research.

The Veterans Affairs Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) has a vacancy for a RN, Specialty Medicine- Pulmonary Clinic. The RN-Pulmonary Clinic is administratively and clinically responsible to Nurse Manager, Sub-Specialty Medicine Clinic, through the Deputy Chief Nurse to the Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

The Cardiology Clinic RN is responsible for:

The provision of high quality patient care in a dynamic medical environment


Accept temporary reassignment to patient care areas of greater need as determined by

VASNHS leaders, managers, and or supervisors


Must demonstrate competency to provide effective and efficient care

We value, trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you.

The incumbent is assigned to the Sub-Specialty Medicine Clinics/Cardiology section of the Office of Nursing Service. Provides patient-centered nursing care to the veteran population. This veteran population is comprised of male and female individuals of various races/ethnicities, who possess education levels from grade school to college, may have served in various war eras, and pertain to various religions. The population age group served is age 18 and above. The Nurse function as a primary nurse for a defined group of patients for her/his shift. Provides respiratory nursing services in an outpatient setting for patients who are at risk or diagnosed with respiratory disease. Patients

receive health care, education, and counseling for respiratory disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Optimal individual and family functioning throughout all phases of disease management are the primary goals.

Applies the nursing process and incorporates evidence-based practices to individuals and groups focusing on cost-effective ways to maximize wellness, prevent illness, and manage acute and chronic diseases to effect the most attainable positive health status over the patient’s life span up to and including a peaceful death. Nursing encounters may occur face-to-face or via telephone or other communication devices. Utilizes concepts of motivational interviewing to promote healthy lifestyle changes. Demonstrates ability to educate patients, advocate for patients, care manage, triage, identify and link patients with appropriate resources, collaborate with interdisciplinary team, implement primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention, delegate appropriately, perform clinical procedures, communicate well, and utilize computer for electronic documentation, initiating orders per policy, data collection, and reports. Contributes to development of policies and procedures. He/She may be assigned to cross cover in other clinical areas within his/her competency level.

The incumbent will be proficient and demonstrate competency and the ability to either set up or reprocess Reusable Medical Equipment as applicable for all equipment for which he/she has been trained. Familiarizes self with how their activities impact VA’s goal to implement sound stewardship practices that are protective of the air, water, land, and other natural and cultural resources. Current AHA ACLS certification is required for this position.


2-3 years in Medical Surgical or clinic experience preferred

Demonstrate leadership in delivering and improving holistic care

Current AHA approved BLS and ACLS required

Demonstrate excellent customer service


Applies the nursing process to system or processes to improve care.


Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues and taking appropriate action.


Evaluates practice of self and others using professional standards, relevant statutes, and regulation and takes action to improve performance.


Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance.


Educates colleagues/co-workers and serves as a preceptor and/or mentor.


Uses group process for decision making in multidisciplinary problem solving.


Participates in quality improvement activities that result in improved outcomes.


Utilizes research-based literature that focuses on patient care, cost effectiveness or efficiency to validate and/or change current nursing practice.


Serve as a resource for clients and staff in addressing ethical issues.


Prioritizes patient care based on patient acuity and identified needs. Initiates, plans, implements, evaluate, and appropriately documents patient care based on identified measurable outcomes. Evaluates and documents patients’ responses to care and updates the plans of care as appropriate

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed

This Registered Nurse (RN) is a graduate of a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited school of nursing and meets Veterans Affairs (VA) professional and physical requirements as set forth in Veterans Health Administration Handbook 5005 and VA Directive 5102.1 dated March 27, 2009. The RN maintains an active, current, and unrestricted license, is a citizen of the United States, and meets English language proficiency. Minimum education requirements: Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing. No nursing experience is required.

Applicant'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 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 demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows:

practice, ethics and resource utilization,

Professional Development:
performance, education/career development,


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.


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


RN-BC Registered Nurse, Certified (Ambulatory Care) or Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) or RN-BS Registered Nurse, Board Certified (if baccalaureate

nursing degree or higher) preferred




Medical-Surgical experience in Ambulatory Care/Hospital setting is preferred


Current AHA approved ACLS and BLS required


Exhibits effective interpersonal relationship in promoting a positive work environment

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.

We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

You will be evaluated based upon the responses you provided during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

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) 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%, non-service-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, please visit


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at



If selected, a one (1) year commitment to this


is required.


position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive


Must be a U.S Citizen to apply for this


You will be required to serve a probationary
period of 2 years.




submit all required documents at
the time of applying.

If documents are
not received, the applicants will not be considered.


Salary is based on Nurse Professional Standards


The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System uses
Vet Pro Credentialing System.


After appointment, you will be subject to random
drug testing.


Must successfully complete a background security
investigation before appointed into this position.


Must pass a pre-employment medical examination.


Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


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


If you
are a male applicant

who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to
register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization
Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for
appointment in this agency.


You can
apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility
requirements and you are eligible for special appointment

such as those
authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled
veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please
indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your
application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this

information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM
Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is
available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel
offices, and on OPM's web site at


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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...