Nurse Manager (Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Albuquerque, NM

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 899375
O UR 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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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

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.

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.

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

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive : Recruitment/Relocation incentive is not authorized for this position.


Must pass pre-employment examination.
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.

Must be proficient in written and spoken English DUTIES:
***This position is on the Administrative Pay Scale***

This position is located at the New Mexico VA Health Care System located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This position in for the Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Service. The Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders Unit has 26-beds reserved for the care and treatment of patients with spinal cord injury for initial rehabilitation of new spinal cord injured patients, annual evaluation of existing Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients and care of patients with complications related to their spinal cord injury. In addition to Joint Commission (JC) certification, the unit is certified as a rehabilitation unit under the Commission Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

As the Nurse Manager (NM), he/she demonstrates leadership, experience, and creative approaches in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. The NM is accountable for adhering to established policies and standards of care and practice. The NM is responsible for supervision and administration of nurse care delivery, managing nursing personnel and coordinating related activities.

Responsible for uniter operation and staffing, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Provides direct patient care as needed.

Plans, certifies, and approves time schedules. Approves and arranges coverage for planned and unplanned leave.

Assures written staff work assignments are made equitably to meet patient care needs.

Monitors and assures that high quality of patient care planning and delivery is provided and documented.

Assures reporting of and investigates medication errors, adverse patient events, adverse drug reactions, blood transfusion reactions, narcotics discrepancies, and employee or visitor injuries.

Communicates effectively with staff, providers, patients, families/significant others and other staff.

Has knowledge of the American Federation of Government Employee (AFGE) union agreement and maintains a practice that conforms to union agreement, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Human Resources Management, Veteran Affairs (VA), and other government regulations/guidelines.

Provides coverage as needed for other Nurse Managers and Off-tour Nursing Supervisors.

Work Schedule : Rotating Tour of Duty, including weekend/holiday rotations

Position Description Title/PD# : Nurse Manager (Head Nurse)/Functional Statement

Fair Labor Standards Act : Exempt

Bargaining Unit Code : 8888

Background Investigation Level : NACI

This IS a Supervisory position

Supervisory Probationary Period Required : Subject to completion of 1-year probationary period for assignment to Supervisory period. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required

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). 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. The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)

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.

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.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard .


PLEASE NOTE: 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. 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.

Physical Requirements: This position requires performance of work which involves light phyical effort such as that involving frequent walking, bending, sitting, reaching above shoulder, reaching forward, and repetitive hand motion for medical evaluation of patients.

Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; Hearing (aid permitted).

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 .

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

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 . 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.

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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...