RN-Special Projects Coordinator
Department of Veterans Affairs - Little Rock, AR

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 865418

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

Tour of Duty : 8:00am to 4:30pm.

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.

DUTIES: Duty location will be the North Little Rock Campus

The Special Projects Registered Nurse (RN) for Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the Transformational Care Initiative for the 21st Century (T21) projects are implemented and completed in a timely fashion. This may involve providing direct patient care or overseeing and guiding clinical staff in the preformance of project-related patient care activities. As such, the Special Projects RN works under the direct supervision of the Director, GRECC. As the Special Projects RN, the nurse is required to perform functions typical of a licensed registered nurse. In addition, the incumbent supports, facilitates and ensures completion of all aspects of the projects and makes significant contributions to the achievement of the projects’ overall goals. This position requires va rious skills and knowledge not only in clinical provision of nursing care and other health services but also in all phases of quality improvement including training of clinical staff, assisting with data analysis, providing feedback to the staff, and assessing the impact of these activities on the outcomes of interest.

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: 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

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 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)


-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

Education: 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 .

Experience: Two (2) years of professional (RN) nursing experience is preferred.

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.

BENEFITS: There will be no benefits associated with this position at this time but benefits may be available if the project is extended for a period in excess of one year.

OTHER INFORMATION: This position will be filled on a term basis not to exceed September 30, 2013.

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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