Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration RN Wound Care in Los Angeles, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Los Angeles, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 8/31/2016 (50 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (72 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1790772

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VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

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.


The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is seeking an experienced Wound and Ostomy Care Staff RN. This RN serves as a consultant for complex drainage, wound and/or ostomy problems. He/she is responsible for planning, coordinating, providing, and evaluating care for groups of patients in multiple levels of care. This RN demonstrates advanced competencies in providing staff education for the provision of assessing and prescribing topical wound and ostomy care treatments. This role is fulfilled by a specialized RN who has the expertise to do comprehensive skin assessments and recommend appropriate prevention and/or treatment interventions. He/she must have the expertise to teach all of the inpatient staff to perform and document daily pressure ulcer risk assessments, daily skin assessments including accurate staging of any existing pressure ulcers, and how to provide skilled wound care. The Wound and Ostomy Care RN will also demonstrate the ability to provide education to all levels of health care providers. He/she will ensure that Veteran-centered health care is provided and delivered in a quality, timely, accessible and respectful manner, consistent with the mission, goals and objectives of the Veterans Health Administration. This position reports directly to the Associate Chief Nurse, Non-Institutional Care.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Interviews patients to evaluates and initiate a plan of care that promotes patient's progressive understanding and active participation in the wound healing and rehabilitation process

  2. Collaborates with the health care team regarding the quality of care rendered, including patient's ability to demonstrate competency in wound self-care

  3. Consults and discloses information regarding specialized wound care with clinicians in the community.

  4. Utilizes professional journals as a reference regarding practice related issues

  5. Completes comprehensive skin assessments and recommends appropriate prevention and/or treatment interventions

  6. Makes recommendations regarding dynamic support devices for pressure relief in addition to products for the treatment and management of wounds

  7. Serves as a resource for the staff caring or supporting veterans with pressure ulcers

  8. Participates in the Nursing Orientation Program for new employees on a recurring basis regarding the specialized needs of patients with pressure ulcers and skin needs

  9. Participates as a consultant on select nursing, GLA and VISN level committees (e.g. Infection Control, Nutrition & Food, Products & Procedures

  10. Assists patients and significant others to identify and secure appropriate resources

  11. Assesses patient and staff needs, develops educational activities/in-services, and evaluates effectiveness of the various programs

  12. Assists with and identifies and monitors performance improvement and clinical indicators

  13. Participates on the Interdisciplinary Wound Care Team for the GLA Healthcare System

  14. Supports the Case Management of the Wound/Ostomy Veterans across the continuum of care.

  15. Demonstrates excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

Duty Location: VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

11301 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles CA 90073

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Functional Statement: 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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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
  • 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* AND* degree equivalency documentation 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

Preferred Experience:

  • MSN preferred
  • Current National Certification as a Wound, Ostomy & Continence RN ( i.e. CWCN, CWOCN, CWS, WCC) preferred

* 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

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from one of the following: American Heart Association - Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers ORthe Military Training Network (MTN) Provider Certificate/Card
  • At least 4 years of success, full-time nursing practice (of which 1 year of experience is caring for patients with complex pressure ulcers and wounds)
  • Experience in all levels of care (Inpatient, Outpatient, Long Term Care and Home Care) preferred
  • Computer literacy proficiency with in-depth experience with the use of Microsoft Office programs or comparable word processing, spreadsheet and graphic software; the ability to learn new programs specific to the VA system

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.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard.* *This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

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

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Registered Nurses employed by the Veterans Affairs earn annual leave at a rate of 8 hours per pay period and earn sick leave at a rate of 4 hours per pay period.

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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

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

Salary Range: $83,799.00 to $124,643.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 449211900

Job Announcement Number: 16-RN-ETP-1790772-BU