Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Case Manager (Home Based Primary Care) in Ottumwa, Iowa

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

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1822863

The Iowa City Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System (ICVAHCS) is recruiting for two (2) full-time Registered Nurse - Case Managers Home Based Primary Care (HBPC). This position is located at the Ottumwa Community Based Outpatient Clinic and falls under the Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service Line.

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.


The Registered Nurse (RN) Case Manager - Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) position is a professional nurse with clinical knowledge and competence to function in a variety of roles. For this position the incumbent is highly encouraged to obtain and maintain case management certification. This position delivers nursing care in the home setting. Travel is required for this position. The incumbent is responsible for delivering care in accordance with the established standards, policies, and procedures consistent with the interdisciplinary plan of care. This position requires advanced clinical knowledge and competence to function in a variety of roles in the clinical setting. The incumbent provides consultation and guidance and acts as a liaison to staff, nursing homes, home health agencies, and other health care providers regarding patient needs in the community/home setting and in the interpretation of VA rules and regulations. The incumbent must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds. Willing to work cooperatively as a member of a team in all assignments. Makes caring for the veteran his/her priority while in the work setting and demonstrates customer service principles in all aspects of work. The incumbent should be self-motivated in the pursuit of meeting professional work standards. Basic Life Support (BLS) is required.

The incumbent will work at the Ottumwa CBOC. Intermittently, for training purposes or to cover unusual/unexpected staffing issues with the sister program in Iowa City, may be asked to work out of Iowa City on a very limited basis.

The following responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Independently planning and delivering technically competent care to patients with complex needs.
  • Recognizes subtle abnormal signs and symptoms and/or changes in patients' condition and responds appropriately.
  • Formulates and implements a plan of care based on the ANA Standards of Nursing Practice.
  • Includes the patient and family/significant other in developing the initial plan of care, establishing goals, etc.
  • Ensures that documentation is technically informative, consistent, accurate, concise, and completed in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills and professional conduct that promote cooperation and teamwork with internal and external customers.

Work Schedule: Primarily administrative, Monday - Friday 8:00-4:30

Functional Statement Title/#: Nurse - 000000

Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • Daily Travel to Patient's homes
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.
  • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration / licensure
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination


  • 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.
  • Registered Nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). *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.

*Reference: *VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standards, dated March 17, 2009.

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-employment physical examination is required for all full-time, part-time, and intermittent employees identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-employment 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.

The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. ICVAHCS is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. 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 situation, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements such as TB screening or testing as a condition of employment.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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: $48,547.00 to $80,924.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 453073400

Job Announcement Number: IC-17-12-CRS-1822863-BU