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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.
Please read the
announcement before beginning the application process to ensure you submit
the required documents.
All applicable forms must be
complete and signed prior
If you apply for this position electronically (On-Line), you do
need to apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX (OPM-Occupational Questionnaire).
If you complete and fax the OPM Form 1203-FX to the designated fax number listed in this vacancy announcement, It will override your previous application you have already submitted electronically (On-Line).
Therefore, please apply for this position using
one method only
(i.e., apply electronically [On-Line] or apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX).
If you apply using both the electronic (On-Line) and manual (OPM FORM 1203-FX) methods, it will result in a duplicate processing error and you may lose consideration for this position.
The Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is an integral part of the Medical community that provides acute, tertiary, medical, and surgical care to Veterans of Alabama.
The Medical Center provides care to a veteran population of 420,000 in Alabama and treats approximately 57,000 unique veterans annually.
The medical center serves as a referral center for this area with 138 operating beds with care provided in almost all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.
Birmingham, AL is located in the heart of the Southeastern United States and is a progressive center for medical research, banking, music, technology, art, engineering, and higher education.
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
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.
Special Employment Consideration:
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board 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.
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.
English Language Proficiency required.
Duties: The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) will have a minimum of a master's degree in nursing with a CNL major and board certification as a CNL from a VA-approved certifying body. The CNL functions as a Registered Nurse generalist at the point of care and manages and coordinates the care of individuals and clinical groups. The CNL is responsible and accountable for: the coordination of care, focused on patient transition through the continuum of care; patient and family education; patient self-management after discharge; and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. The CNL applies the nursing process and care management principles within a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice setting, which will then enable effective implementation of health promotion and prevention practices, management of acute and chronic illnesses, and attainment of appropriate lengths of stay and the effective level of care. Core functions include daily assessment of patient care needs to determine the most appropriate use of expertise in clinical coordination, patient and staff education, attention to systems issues that require intervention, and quality and performance measures. The CNL assists the nursing staff in the provision of complex patient care.
Shift: Days with tour rotation to meet patient care needs.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses
are not authorized for this position.
Citizen of the United States (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens per VA Handbook 5005/2, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3g).
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.
A Masters of Science in Nursing from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program
You must provide college transcripts
Certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader by the Commission Nurse Certification.
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.
: 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.
English Language Proficiency:
Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only. Some of the functional requirements are: Heavy lifting 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying 45 pounds and over, straight pulling 4 hours, reaching above shoulders, walking 8 hours, repeated bending, and ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
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,
performance, education/career development,
quality of care, research.
Nurse I, level I-Associate Degree or diploma in nursing; no experience
Nurse I, level 2-Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing, approx. 1 year experience
Associate Degree in Nursing and a Bachelors in a related field, no experience,
BSN, no experience
Nurse I, Level 3-Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing, approx. 2-3 years experience
Associates Degree or Diploma in Nursing and Bachelors degree in a related field, approx. 1-2 years experience
BSN, approx. 1-2 years experience
MSN or related field with a BSN or Bachelors degree in related field, 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.
Certification as Clinical Nurse Leader
Two years registered nurse experience in an acute care environment
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)
Excellent analytical and presentation skills
Demonstrated ability to assess and prioritize multiple demands.
Demonstrated ability to be dependable, self-directed, and flexible, including flexibility in assignment and time scheduling
Professional nursing certification in area of practice (i.e. Medical Surgical Nursing)
Excellent customer service skills
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD
APPLICANTS 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.
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
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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Department of Veterans Affairs - 15 months ago