RN, Rehabilitative Unit Staff Nurse
Department of Veterans Affairs - Las Vegas, NV

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VHA-593-13-847957: RN, Rehabilitative Unit Staff Nurse

(This Position is open until filled)

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.

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Be a member of a top nursing leadership team providing compassionate health care to veterans! We are an employer of choice who provides excellence in patient-centered care, education, and research.

The Veterans Affairs Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) has vacancies for RN, Rehabilitative Unit Staff Nurses. The incumbent is administratively and clinically responsible to the Nurse Manager, Community Living Center thru the Deputy Chief Nurse/Community Living Center to the Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive (ADPCS/NE).

We value, trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you.

The incumbent is assigned to the office of Nursing Service. Provides patient-centered nursing care to the veteran population. Patient-centered care is defined as collaborating in a team-oriented, customer-driven, professional environment to develop new models of care that emphasize prevention, improve access and coordination of care; educate and empower patients and their families; enhance the customer experience with positive human interactions and therapeutic alliances; and promote the coordination, continuity and integration of care. Demonstrates flexibility, integrity and accountability with a work ethic that emphasizes excellence and quality; builds customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor. This veteran population is comprised of male and female individuals of various races/ethnicities, who possess education levels from grade school to college, may have served in various war eras, and pertain to various religions. The population age group served is age 18 and above. A summary of duties include: The goal of rehabilitation nursing is to assist individuals with disability and/or chronic illness to attain and maintain maximum function. The rehabilitation staff nurse assists clients in adapting to an altered lifestyle, while providing a therapeutic environment for client's and their family's development. The rehabilitation staff nurse designs and implements treatment strategies that are based on scientific nursing theory related to self-care and that promote physical, psychosocial, and spiritual health. The rehabilitation staff nurse works in an inpatient setting. He/she contributes to development of policies and procedures. He/She may be assigned to cross cover in other clinical areas within his/her competency level. The incumbent will be proficient and demonstrate competency and the ability to either set up or reprocess Reusable Medical Equipment as applicable for all equipment for which he/she has been trained. Familiarizes self with how their activities impact VA’s goal to implement sound stewardship practices that are protective of the air, water, land, and other natural and cultural resources.


Demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care

Must have recent successful nursing experience (will accept new grads.)

Deliver and role model patient centered care

Demonstrate excellent customer service

Current AHA approved BLS certificate

Must be a US citizen

Duties Include but are not limited to:
  • Provides age-specific care for population defined in Position Summary by adapting care and altering the environment according to knowledge of normal growth and development for each age group, knowledge regarding the different communication needs for each age group, knowledge regarding the safety risks for each age group, and knowledge regarding medications, dosages, and possible side effects for each age group.
  • Possesses the specialized knowledge and clinical skills necessary to provide care for people with physical disability and chronic illness.
  • Assesses the physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual dimensions of clients and their families, as well as their educational and discharge needs in order to formulate nursing diagnoses
  • Plans nursing care while acknowledging that rehabilitation nursing is practiced within a dynamic, therapeutic, and supportive relationship that is constantly changing, as nurses and clients influence one another
  • Implements a plan of care by providing nursing care and education directly or through ancillary personnel, as needed, to maintain and restore function and prevent complications and further loss
  • Evaluates the nursing care that is being provided and modifies the plan, as needed, to achieve measurable goals and objectives
  • Performs hands-on nursing care by utilizing the nursing process to achieve quality outcomes for clients. Evaluates and documents patients’ responses to care and updates the plans of care as appropriate
  • Prioritizes patient care based on patient acuity and identified needs.
  • Demonstrates clinical competence in performing practice specific and selected specialized competencies specific to Rehabilitative Nursing.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and safety skills in area of assignment and as follows: emergency preparedness, infection control, hazardous material management, fire and equipment failure emergency management, and utility outage response procedures.
  • Coordinates educational activities and uses appropriate resources to develop and implement an individualized teaching and discharge plan with clients and their families. Documents education provided to patients and families.
  • Reinforces the teaching done by specialists in rehabilitation and other healthcare disciplines and provides resource materials for clients’ changing needs
  • Consistently conducts self in manner that demonstrates accountability and adherence to standards of professional practice, including but not limited to Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Provides direction and supervision of ancillary nursing personnel, demonstrates professional judgment, uses problem solving techniques and time-management principles, and delegates appropriately.
  • Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills to develop a rapport with clients, their families, and health team members and to ensure the fulfilment of requirements for legal documentation and reimbursement
  • Actively listens, reflects, and guides clients and their families through the stages of the grieving process to mourn the loss of abilities and roles
  • Improves the process to capture health promotion and chronic disease indices as shown in the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Performance Improvement Indices. Monitors and documents all applicable clinical reminders timely and appropriately.
  • Utilizes the eight core competencies of the High Performance Development Model (HPDM) in practice.
  • Demonstrates adherence and competence related to Nursing Standard Operating Procedures, VASNHS Medical Center Memoranda, and National Directives.
  • Must be proficient and demonstrate competency and the ability to either set up or reprocess Reusable Medical Equipment as applicable for all equipment for which you have been trained.
  • Executes, practices, and implements all aspects of Patient Centered Care/Plane Tree concepts.
Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

The Rehabilitative Unit Staff Nurse is a citizen of the United States and is currently licensed as a Registered Nurse with an active, current, full and unrestricted license. The incumbent is a graduate of a state approved nursing school or an accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). He/she has an Associate Degree or Diploma and approximately two to three years of successful nursing practice or has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with two to three years of successful nursing practice; or a master’s degree in nursing with one to two years of successful nursing practice; or a master’s degree in a field related to nursing and a BSN from an accredited or state approved school of nursing with one to two years of successful nursing practice; or a doctoral degree in nursing or related field. He/she has the physical and mental capability to satisfactorily perform assigned duties.

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: practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development: performance, education/career development, Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.

Education/Experience Requirements:
  • Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
  • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and 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.

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


Minimum Requirements:
This position requires visual acuity; keen hearing; clear, distinctive speech; and manual dexterity. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient, environmental, and program needs. Current nursing experience in medical surgical or rehabilitative nursing preferred. New RN Graduates may apply.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. 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.

You will be evaluated based upon the responses you provided 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.

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) 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%, non-service-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.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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

  • If Selected, a one year commitment to this position is required
  • You will be required to serve a probationary period of 2 years
  • Applicants must submit all required documents by the announcement closing date
  • If documents are not received by the closing date, the applicants will not be considered
  • Salary is based on Nurse Professional Standards Board
  • The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System uses Vet Pro Credentialing System
  • After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use
  • Successfully complete a background security investigation before appointed into this position
  • Must pass a pre-employment medical examination
  • Relocation Expenses will not be Reimbursed
  • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.
  • If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
  • You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.
  • All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

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