Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration RN Ambulatory Care Northern Clinics in Bakersfield, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Maria, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 7/18/2016 (100 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (66 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1577398

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Care for Heroes...Become a Hero...Be a VA Nurse...

The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is seeking experience Ambulatory Care Registered Nurses (RNs) to work in our Primary & Ambulatory Care Clinics located in Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo. He/she functions as a member of the Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) and will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the clinic. The Ambulatory Care RN will ensure that Veteran-centered healthcare is provided and delivered in a quality, timely, accessible and respectful manner, consistent with the missions, goals and objectives of the Veterans Health Administration. Please note RNs selected for Santa Maria or San Luis Obispo clinics may float to either location on occasion.

OUR MISSION: 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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

**VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


Duties include but are not limited to:

  1. Coordinates care for ambulatory clinic patients. Assists the Care Provider in selected procedures and performs diagnostic testing, i.e. EKG, phlebotomy, wound care to patients and provides direct care to patients in emergencies

  2. Functions as a leader of the nursing care team when assigned, directing and guiding the LVNs and other nursing staff

  3. Assesses patient's needs and conditions and recommends appropriate dispositions based on assessment

  4. Initiates appropriate nursing interventions and communication with other team members

  5. Provides patient education on an individual or group basis

  6. Participates actively in the Performance Improvement activities of Ambulatory Care, and in development of policies and procedures

  7. Assures detailed, current and comprehensive documentation is contained in the patient medical record and other pertinent records

  8. Participates and supports research projects directed toward improving patient care and staff development

  9. Provides a safe and healthful physical environment for patients and personnel by interpreting and applying organizational goals and national standards

  10. Assures continuing improvement of service to patients, including implementation of an effective customer service program

  11. Ensures compliance with all patient rights and regulatory agency standards

  12. Collaborates with the other health care professionals in providing continuity of services for specific health issues

  13. Improves continuity of professional relationships among the health care team as they collaborate on behalf of patients

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday Various shifts 7:30 am - 4:30 pm**Functional Statement Title/#: Staff Nurse Clinical Pathway**

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 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.
  • The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)
  • English Language Proficiency
  • 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. *Grade Determinations: *The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:

  • Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.

  • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; ORa Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
  • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year’s of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year’s of nursing practice/experience; ORa Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
  • Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year’s of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year’s of nursing practice/experience.

Preferred Experience:

  • At least 3 years of recent, successful RN experience
  • At least 1 year of experience in a Primary and Ambulatory Care setting
  • Basic computer literacy proficiency with in-depth experience with the use of Microsoft Office programs or comparable word processing, spreadsheet and/or graphic software and the ability to learn new programs specific to the VA Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, kneeling, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The candidate may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The candidate may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. The candidate will be working closely with others and may have protracted or irregular hours of work.**

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

Salary Range: $72,787.00 to $114,264.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: No new grads will be considered.

Control Number: 444989900

Job Announcement Number: 15-RN-TRP-1577398-BU