Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 834447
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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.
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 professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. 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
Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.
English Language Proficiency required.
Must be a graduate of a school of professional nursing.
The RN Care Manager is a member of the Patient Aligned Care Teamlet (PACT). S/he uses the nursing process and evidence-based practice to collaborate with the Teamlet (Patient, Primary Care Provider, RN Care Manager, Clinical Associate and Clerical Associate) and expanded Team (Family/caregiver, internal and community-based services involved in providing care to the patient) in developing the patient-driven care plan for life. The RN Care Manager is responsible for collaborating with services internal and external to the VA to facilitate care transition in order to effectively meet the patients needs. The RN Care Manager provides patient and family health education with a focus on self-management, prevention, and wellness, based on the patients goals. The RN Care Manager demonstrates leadership by serving as an advocate for patients, based on the patients goals. The RN Care Manager demonstrates leadership by serving as an advocate for patients, and a team leader with colleagues as she/he continues to enhance his/her own and the teams professional growth, development and practice.
You are accountable to Operations Manager, Primary Care.
Citizen of the United States.
Be a graduate of a school of professional nursing
approved by the appropriate State 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). [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.]
Possess a current, full, active and unrestricted license as a professional nurse in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board (NPSB) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Experience as a NP 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,
performance, education/career development,
quality of care, research.
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD
Must be a graduate of a school of professional nursing
approved by the appropriate State 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). [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.]
Nurse II - BSN OR ADN and bachelors degree in a related field OR Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN or bachelor's degree in a related field [If MSN obtained in Bridge Program, no BSN required] OR Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in related field
Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN or bachelor's degree in a related field [If MSN obtained in Bridge Program, no BSN required] OR Doctoral degree in nursing or related field
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 and the certification from the Dept. of VA disclosing the service-connected disability(ies) rating. 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
Schedule A special hiring authority covers applicants with mental and physical disabilities.
In order to be considered under this special hiring authority applicants need to provide proof of disability and job readiness certification.
The proof of disability and job readiness certification can be provided by the following: 1) a statement or letter on a physicians/medical professionals letterhead; 2) statement, record or letter from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits; 3) statement, record or letter from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency counselor; or 4) certification from a private Vocational Rehabilitation or other Counselor that issues or provides disability benefits.
More information regarding this special hiring authority can be found at
You must submit a signed/completed OF Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment. (REQUIRED)
You must submit a current Resume. (REQUIRED)
You must submit VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at
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 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.
Although the duty station is shown in this announcement, it may be necessary to utilize the selected person's services at a different location within the Portland VA Medical Center commuting area if conditions require it in the future.
Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire noncitizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.
If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment law
(5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must register with the
System, unless you meet certain exemptions.
A security clearance and a favorable suitability determination are required. Misconduct in prior employment, criminal, dishonest or disgraceful conduct, habitual use of intoxicating beverages, abuse of narcotics, drugs or other controlled substances, or reasonable doubt of loyalty to the United States are examples of reasons an offer of employment may be denied.
Public transit subsidy benefits are available. Carpooling assistance is provided. However, single occupancy parking is limited on main Portland campus.
A drug test may be required for an applicant who is tentatively selected.
A pre-employment physical examination will be required for an applicant who is tentatively selected.
Employee selected must serve a one (2) year probationary period as contained in 5 USC 315, unless she/he has already served the required period.
Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d) and 7407(d).
This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
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 factor.
It is the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs that all Federal wage and salary payments are paid to employees by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer (DD/EFT).
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