Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff Nurse) in New Orleans, Louisiana

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

Opened Wednesday 9/21/2016 (32 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 8/31/2017 (312 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1797886


*NOTE: *Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

This position is a Bargaining unit position

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.

TOUR OF DUTY: 40 hours per week (rotating Days, Evenings and Weekends as patient care dictates)

Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse (Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff Nurse)

(Functional statement available for review in Human Resource office)

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are not authorized.

Position is opened until filled: Cut-off for certificate issuance will be every 15 business days

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?


Residents of Greater New Orleans enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the United States. While we are known to enjoy many of the best restaurants in the world, more than 300 festivals, vibrant nightlife, not to mention Mardi Gras, that's just the beginning of what we have to offer. We treasure family and community, our children have access to high-quality education, we enjoy an incredible abundance of the arts, and so much more! Here at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, we strive to be an efficient organization through continual process improvement and orderliness by eliminating waste in everything we do. We are generating a Lean environment of abundance and ownership, enabling us to become "one team creating the perfect patient experience" so that we may honor Veterans and their families. We're in the process of constructing and activating a new medical center that will serve as a model for health care of the future and set the standards for patient-centered care, flexibility and sustainability. It will be a level one, 200 bed tertiary care regional referral center that is projected to serve 70,000 enrolled Veterans. The new medical center will be approximately 1.6 million square feet, with two additional 1,000-car garages for both patients and staff on a 30-acre site in New Orleans. The facility has been designed to meet the full array of VA missions: health care to America's heroes, education, research and national preparedness. It will authentically reflect the culture of the region and be the cornerstone for the emerging biosciences industry in New Orleans. You can help us build from the ground up.

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The Cardiac Rehabilitation (Rehab) Outpatient Nurse assists with treatment and management of cardiac patients who are suffering from, recovering from, or at risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The duties may range from assisting patients with medications to recovery from cardiovascular surgical procedures. These dedicated nurses typically attempt to guide patients down a more heart healthy path in order to lower the risk of heart problems in the future. Along with being a medical professional, the Cardiac Rehab Nurse will also have specific roles as a cardiac rehabilitation nurse. The nurse will educate, advise, guide and support patients in treatment and change of lifestyle. The nurse will provide education and risk factors assessments. The cardiac rehabilitation nurse is also often charged with closely monitoring and testing cardiac patients as well. For example, the cardiac nursing professionals may assist patients during stress tests and monitor their vital signs, such as heart rate, heart rhythm, respiratory rate, blood oxygen levels, and blood pressure.

The Registered Nurse should also have excellent communication skills and a general passion for healthy living. The nurse will communicate with physicians regarding patients' status and work with a multidisciplinary team.

The cardiac rehabilitation nurses should have an interest in research as well. They should be able to stay abreast of the latest trends and breakthrough in cardiac rehabilitation to ensure that their patients get the best treatment possible.

Preferred experience, Cardiac Rehab Nurse:

  • ACLS qualified

  • Acute care experience in age specific rehabilitation

  • Experience in collaboration with cardiology in the development , implementation and evaluation of a cardiac rehab program

  • Exercise testing, training and plan of care for patient population identified

  • Competent group teaching skills

  • Minimum of one year experience with cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation

  • Sound knowledge of various cardiac testing

  • Thorough knowledge in cardiology, and ability to provide/assist in patient education

  • Ability to perform and read and interpret cardiac rhythms and strips

  • Previous experience with Telemetry, Cardiac or CVICU patients strongly preferred

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Subject to initial and/or random drug testing
  • Subject to initial and/or annual medical examination
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration required
  • Completion of the Credentialing Process (VETPRO)
  • Current Employees must submit an SF-50
  • 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.
  • Education: 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)
  • Licensure: 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. *EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: *The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:

  • 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 or bachelor's degree in a related field with approximately 2-3 years of experience (If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required). OR Doctoral degree in nursing or related field with approximately 2-3 years of experience. 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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: 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, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard

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:Heavy Lifting (45 lbs. and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs. and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted).

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: $64,224.00 to $95,074.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 450053200

Job Announcement Number: FE-17-SM-1797886-BU