RN-Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Little Rock, AR

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 807941

Salary: To be determined by a Nurse Professional Standard Board based on your education and experience

Tour of Duty : Variable 8 hour shifts with call required

Please print and carefully read the entire announcement. Follow the instructions under the “ How to Apply ” section of the announcement, and upload ALL REQUIRED documents, to be considered for this position.


U.S. Citizenship

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

Must pass pre-employment physical examination.

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required.

The PACU/ASU/5BRR nurse duties include, but are not limited to: utilizing critical thinking skills and the nursing process to provide preoperative and perianesthesia phase I / phase II care for patients from various surgical specialties and procedure areas including the Operating Room, Gastroenterology Lab, Interventional Radiology and Cardiac Cath Lab; providing pre-op and post-op education to patients and families; providing short term to extended (1 to 24 hours) care to critical care and/or med-surg patients; and participating as a member of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) code blue team. Nurses rotate between all recovery areas and the various 8 hour tours of duty. The total number of beds in all 3 areas is fifty-five (55). The hours of operation are 5:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. with on call utilized to cover after hours.

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Citizen of the United States.

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).

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.

Current certification in BLS

Current certification in ACLS

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. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2

  • Heavy lifting 45 pounds and over
  • Heavy carrying 45 pounds and over
  • Straight pulling (1-2 hrs)
  • Pushing (1-2 hrs)
  • Reaching above shoulder (1-2 hrs)
  • Walking (2-4 hrs)
  • Standing (2-6 hrs)
  • Kneeling
  • Repeated bending (1-2 hrs)
  • Use of fingers
  • Use of both hands
  • Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously
  • Near vision correctable
  • Far vision correctable
  • Depth perception
  • Hearing (aide permitted)
  • Work closely with others, as well as, protracted or irregular hours of work
BSN is preferred

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé and submit a DD Form 214, which is required. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

One (1) year of critical care and/or Phase I PACU professional nursing experience is preferred.

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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

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.

PBI INTERVIEWS: Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs). For more information on the performance-based interview process, see http://www.va.gov/pbi .

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: 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 factors.

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