VACANCY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN): 828846 (Include on all documents).
Current permanent VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System employees will be given first consideration. Note: Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.
This position is located in the Primary and Specialty Medicine Service. Please see duty section below for more information about the duties.
Pay and grade are determined by a Professional Standards Board, based upon factors such as education and experience, and approved by the Medical Center Director.
Fact: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please carefully
review the entire vacancy announcement
to ensure you submit all required documents.
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Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.
English Language Proficiency required.
A full-time position is available for a Registered Nurse in the Dialysis Unit Program. Current dialysis experience in both chronic and acute setting and home-hemo/peritoneal dialysis experience preferred. The individual should possess the following skills and abilities:
Self directed in nursing practice, ability to make decisions independently, have excellent communication skills, experience with chronic/acute disease management, ability to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team and promote team concepts,ability to supervise and direct other dialysis staff as assigned, participates in setting up individualized plans of care for each patient with physician and other health services personnel, assists in examination and evaluation of patient appropriate treatment and services with the ability to make decisions independently, keeps comprehensive records of the schedule, type of treatment and changes in the condition of the patient, checks dialysis equipment and ensures it is operating properly and making or reporting necessary corrections to the appropriate personnel, monitors patient and equipment during dialysis, teaches patient proper care between dialysis to avoid infections, assists in management of renal failure and responds to other emergency situations such as massive blood loss, shock, or equipment failure.
In addition at least one year of experience in the chronic/acute dialysis areas preferred.
Work Schedule: Monday-Saturday, 10 hour rotating day shifts. Requires 24/7 on-call and weekend rotation.
You must meet the qualifications/minimum requirements of this position by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Citizen of the United States
English Language Proficiency:
Employees appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
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. 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.
Passing a pre-employment physical is required. Please contact the local human resources office at 402-995-4947 if you would like information regarding the VA policy on pre-employment physicals and physical requirements for this position.
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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Note: 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. BLS certification is preferred.
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: practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development: performance, education/career development, Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.
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.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:
All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
Foreign Education Note:
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.
In order to receive credit for your specialized experience, you must be clear and specific and fully describe your responsibilities. Please indicate the actual time (years, months and hours per week) spent in each position/role. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience when evaluating you for this position. If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience OR that your documentation does not support the questionnaire responses, you may be rated ineligible/not qualified.
The Qualification Standard for this position can be found in VA Handbook 5005. Please contact the local human resources office at: 402-995-4947 if you need a copy of the full qualification standard.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit
Special Employment Consideration:
Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A,
Appointment of persons with disabilities
; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and
Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide 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.
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
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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