Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration RN -Clinical Nurse Leader/ Acute Inpatient Med/Surg Unit in Orlando, Florida

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Orlando, FL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 2/26/2016 (238 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (71 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1637276

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?

Officially established in October 2006, the Orlando VA Medical Center is one of the Top 100 Companies in Central Florida for working families. The Orlando VA Medical Center includes the following facilities; a 120-bed Community Living Center and a 60-bed Residential Rehabilitation Program (located at the Lake Nona Campus), Outpatient Clinics in Orlando (Lake Baldwin), Viera and Daytona Beach and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Clermont, Kissimmee, Leesburg, and Orange City. Our new medical center is currently open for many outpatient services and will continue to open more services, including inpatient beds and an emergency department, throughout 2016. The new 65-acre medical campus has 134-inpatient beds and provides acute care, complex specialty care, advanced diagnostic services, a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, and administrative and support services.

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.


Position Summary:

The Orlando VA Medical Center is seeking a Clinical Nurse Leader/Registered Nurse (RN) to function as an advanced generalist at the point of care to manage and coordinate the care of the veterans on our acute inpatient Med/Surg Units. The CNL is not an administrative role. The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) practices expert level nursing at the unit level, providing care coordination for the duration of a patient's stay. The CNL collaborates with the Nurse Manager to elevate the clinical expertise and practice of the nursing staff, utilizing the nursing process to facilitate efficient and effective patient care and movement, and optimizing patient outcomes at the individual and unit level. The CNL's focus is at point of care and patterns of variations in clinical outcomes employing critical evaluation and mitigation of risks in safety, effectiveness, timeliness, and efficiency. The CNL promotes interdisciplinary team delivery of Veteran centric care. The CNL helps to enhance staff education and professional development using evidence-based practice to improve skills and identify strategies to deal with issues that may hinder therapeutic relationships. The CNL reports directly to the Medical Unit Nurse Manager.

*Working Hours: * Normal work days/hours will primarily be Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, with work day/hours flexibility required as administrative and/or clinical demands require.


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.


a. US Citizenship and English Language Proficiency required.

b. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education – formerly the NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

c. Current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the US or in the District of Columbia.

d. A Master's of Science in Nursing with a major as a Clinical Nurse Leader required.

e. Full and current national board certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

f. Specialty certification preferred in Medical/Surgical Nursing.

g. Previous patient education experience preferred.

h. Demonstrated ability to work independently and exercise good judgment with minimal supervision.

i. Demonstrated dependability for duty and flexibility in work assignments and hours in previous assignments.

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 Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standards

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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. To verify if your degree is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) click here To verify if your degree is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) click here

Physical Requirements: The incumbent of the position performs direct patient care and must meet the below physical requirements to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. Lift 45 lbs. or over, Carry 45 lbs. or over, Straight pulling, Pushing, Reaching above shoulders, use of fingers and both hands, Walking, Standing, Kneeling, Repeated bending, Near vision (correctable), Far vision (correctable), Ability to distinguish basic colors, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing, Emotional stability. This is a testing-designated position, subject to random pre- and post-employment testing for illegal drug use, Environmental Factors: Inside work, Constant noise, Dust, Fumes, smoke or gases, Working closely with others, Protracted or irregular hours of work, Exposure to infectious diseases. This is position is designated as a random drug testing position.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans at

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. Applicants will receive (up to) four status updates during the course of this recruitment action. They are:

1) Receipt of application.

2) Whether or not you meet the eligibility/qualification requirements for the position.

3) Whether you were referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

4) Final disposition on the recruitment action (e.g., was the position filled, re-announced, etc.)

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


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

VA support the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

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

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

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: In accordance with the provisions of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Master Labor Agreement, VAMC Orlando selecting officials must consider candidates internal to the Department of Veterans Affairs for selection before they can consider applicants who are not current employees of the VA.

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process please notify Deborah True, Human Resources Specialist, at 407-646-4824. Decisions to approve reasonable accommodation requests are made on a case-by-case basis. Applications submitted outside of the automated application process may not be considered unless an accommodation to the application process has been granted. All application materials must be received by the end of the day on the closing date of this announcement to be considered.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you MUST submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Basis of Rating: Applicants will be rated on the basis of the quality and extent of their total experience, education, and training in relation to the requirements of the specific position for which they are being considered. Ratings will be based on competitor's statements in their applications and on any additional evidence that may be secured through inquiries of qualifications.

Management reserves the right to use alternative methods of selection. Additional selections may be made to fill similar Corporate Orlando staff positions from the list of candidates who apply for this position. A new announcement will not be posted when this is the case.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The Orlando VA Medical Center strictly prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race or color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, language, physical or mental disability, socio-economic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.

Salary Range: $48,220.00 to $99,908.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-01/01

Promotion Potential: 03

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United State Citizens

Control Number: 430776500

Job Announcement Number: ZY-16-MG-1637276-BU