Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse, Home Based Primary Care (HBPC), VA Maryland Health Care System, Loch Raven, MD in Baltimore, Maryland

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Baltimore, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1825161

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?

Come join our team at the Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehabilitation Center and get pure job satisfaction, while caring for those who have served (or are currently serving) our country...our nation's Veterans.

The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) is a Level I tertiary multicampus teaching facility affiliated with the University of Maryland, School of Medicine and over 100 educational institutions. The VAMHCS consists of the acute care Baltimore facility; the multi building Perry Point campus with acute medicine, mental health and long term care; the Loch Raven campus with long term care; and six urban and rural outpatient clinics.

The Loch Raven Community Living Center is located on a park-like campus in northeast Baltimore close to Lake Montebello. It is a short ride from the Baltimore Beltway and offers ample, free parking and bus service is easily accessible with a bus stop located at the entrance to the facility.

Be a member of a team providing compassionate healthcare to Veterans. We are an employer of choice who is a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to for more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Top 5 reasons YOU should choose a career with VA:

  1. A premium benefits package

  2. A fulfilling and challenging work environment

  3. Work where you want to live

  4. On-the-job growth and advancement

  5. To discover the career you want, for the future you deserve

Be a member of a team providing compassionate healthcare to veterans. We are an employer of choice who is a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to for more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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.


At least one full-time position exist for an experienced registered nurse in the Geriatric Extended Care Clinical Center (GECCC) Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program to participate as a member of an interdisciplinary team providing direct primary care to a specific group of homebound Veterans with a variety of chronic and terminal illnesses.

The HBPC RN is responsible for planning, coordinating and documenting care for an assigned caseload of Veterans. Utilizing Provider orders and professional skills the HBPC RN, in conjunction with the PACT team, develops and implements a home health plan that meets each Veteran's specific needs and is in compliance with accrediting organization standards, federal and state regulations, reimbursement guidelines, as well as the VAMHCS policies and procedures. The HBPC RN participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities and initiatives. He/she will also participate in weekly interdisciplinary team meetings.

In addition, the HBPC RN oversees the nursing care of Veterans receiving care in the Community Care-sponsored or contract programs. The RN also serves in an Office Nurse role providing triage for HBPC patient/staff clinical calls and processing VAMHCS clinical referrals to community home health agencies for skilled services requested by VAMHCS providers as needed. This position also covers the Caregiver support and Community Care programs on an as needed basis. Although the position is based at the Loch Raven campus, the individual will provide services in the above programs throughout the VAMHCS. This position services Veterans in Baltimore City/County, Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Cecil counties with the potential to expand to the Eastern Shore. There is the possibility of weekend coverage as the HBPC Program expands. The position reports to the Program Director, Home-Based Primary Care.

**Applicants will be required to demonstrate required clinical skills including a head to toe assessment in our simulation lab. Applicants are also required to demonstrate their documentation skills by writing a nurses note based on a clinical scenario provided by the interview panel.

Work Schedule:**Monday thru Friday 8am - 4:30 pm

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Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • Training and patient care needs.
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)
  • 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:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing, licensed in the state of MD. BSN preferred but not required.

  • At least 3-5 years of recent (within last 3 years) nursing experience, preferably in an acute medical/surgical, primary care, or managed care setting. Home Health care experience preferred but not required. LPN experience will be considered. Must be able to practice in a minimally supervised practice area and exhibit strong interpersonal and leadership ability.

  • Case Management Certification preferred but not required. If offered the incumbent will obtain certification within 2 years from hire date.
  • Additional requirements include phlebotomy, urinary catheterization, wound care, g-tube and ostomy care experience is required for this position. Trach/ventilator care preferred.
  • Strong patient/family teaching experience required.
  • Excellent documentation and communication skills.
  • BLS (Basic Life Support).
  • Strong physical assessment and critical thinking skills and the ability to work autonomously are also required for this position.
  • A valid Maryland driver's license (or the state in which the RN physically resides); the physical ability to independently drive a car, walk up long, narrow flights of stairs, assist patients as needed as part of the assessment process, carry heavy medical bags and equipment up those stairs as needed for patient care, lift 50 or greater pounds as required for patient care, be able to tolerate a variety of weather conditions and environmental conditions in a Veteran's place of residence.
  • 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 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:

It is VA policy to ensure that all selected applicants and employed personnel are physically, mentally and emotionally fit to perform the duties of the position to which assigned. A pre-placement physical examination is required for all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness for candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

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, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent 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 incumbent 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment.

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.

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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: $57,873.00 to $114,183.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453353800

Job Announcement Number: 512-17-DM-002-1825161