Registered Nurse- Infusion/Oncology
Department of Veterans Affairs - Augusta, ME

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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. Become a part of Togus VA Maine Healthcare System Augusta, ME.

The VA Maine Healthcare System is seeking a Experienced Infusion/Oncology Registered Nurse to perform clinical and administrative duties for our Medical Service Line. We are an employer of choice that is the center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence. We value you. Go to

for more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs. Augusta, ME is the place for you!

Tour of Duty: Days 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Salary will be determined upon appointment by a Professional Standards Boards based on qualifications, experience, and education of the individual selected.

Please note: You will need to attend a 5 day (consecutive) orientation upon start of employment.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentive NOT authorized.

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

This announcement may be utilized to fill future positions.

Our Mission: Honor and serve our Veterans through excellence in healthcare.

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.

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You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.

You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

The Infusion/Oncology RN cares for veteran patients presenting to the clinic(s) with complex diagnoses and co-morbidities. He/she is a member of an interdisciplinary team that provides comprehensive assessment and treatment as well as teaching and care management for the patient and care givers.

The RN executes the position responsibilities that demonstrate

leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others.

The practice of the Registered Nurse is based on knowledge, experience, and research and has a direct impact on patient outcomes. The RN in this position reports to the Nurse Manager for the Medical/Surgical Specialty Clinics within the Department of Medicine. The Scope of Practice of the Registered Nurse is defined in the four dimensions outlined in the Nurse Qualification Standards



Provides direct and indirect nursing care to patients and families in the Infusion/Oncology Clinic.


The Infusion/Oncology RN follows established safety and infection control standards, policies and procedures and monitors staff compliance with same.


The RN provides a safe working environment while administering, handling and disposing of Biotherapy and Antineoplastic drugs as well as

medical waste.


The Registered Nurse demonstrates competency in IV therapy, assessment, use and maintenance of all types of IV access lines (Central, Ports, PICC, Midline, Peripheral) used for the infusion of IV medications, IV fluids, Blood and Blood products, first dose antibiotics, biotherapy and Antineoplastic drugs and other supportive therapies as determined by facility policy and procedures.


The Infusion/Oncology Staff Nurse provides comprehensive, current and ongoing education regarding the management and related treatments delivered to patients in the Infusion/Oncology clinic.


The Infusion/Oncology RN keeps current with changing needs in Health care and advances in standards of care and technology.


The Infusion/Oncology RN participates in performance improvement initiatives as applicable to clinical practice to support activities to improve the overall quality of care delivery.


Demonstrates Computer proficiency, i.e.

Microsoft Office applications including - word, outlook, excel spreadsheets; CPRS, VISTA, on line resources and secure messaging.


Demonstrates critical thinking skills, attention to detail and complex decision making abilities.


Works independently and is responsible for all aspects of nursing care including assessment, care plan development, care coordination and education.


Applies the nursing process to systems or processes at the unit/team/work group level to improve care.

Demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care.


Supports and enhances client self determination.


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


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


Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice.

Participates in

educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance.


Develops and pursues an educational plan to maintain/improve knowledge and skills in care coordination.


Assumes responsibility for completing mandatory education requirements.


Develops and maintains expertise and serves as a resource in own area of practice.


Demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning through self-reflection and inquiry to identify




Educates colleagues and/or students and serves as a preceptor and/or mentor as required.


Uses group process to identify, analyze and resolve patient care problems.


Guides/leads others in the application of newly acquired knowledge in caring for patients.


Demonstrates effective communication/interpersonal skills to enhance patient care delivery.


Demonstrates leadership by sharing knowledge with colleagues and/or students to enhance their professional growth, development and practice.


Actively contributes to unit or service committees and/or workgroups.


Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction.


Two (2) years experience working as an RN in Infusion/Oncology Nursing within the past three (3) years.



BLS certification


Current ONS Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider card.


OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse)


CRNI (Certified Registered Nurse Infusion)

Citizen of the United States. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency


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).

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.

Must be proficient in spoken and written English



As part of your application package, you are also requested to submit an OF 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, which includes Certification of Selective Service Registration (January 2001 version or later).

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.


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

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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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.***

Citizenship, Citizen of the United States

Licensure and Registration

. Current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a professional nurse in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth or Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

Proficient in spoken and written English.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(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%, nonservice-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.

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Once the application is complete, a review of your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. 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.

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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, 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


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Health Insurance


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Life Insurance


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Long Term Care Insurance


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Retirement Program


Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For addtional information visit:

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

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, 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


IMPORTANT VETERAN INFORMATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference,

you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.

If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference,

you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference"

plus the proof required by that form.

For more information on veterans’ preference see

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


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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...