Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Graduate Registered Nurse (With or without licensure) in Reno, Nevada

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
4 vacancies in the following location:
  • Reno, NV
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 9/23/2016 (31 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1808951 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?

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 professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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.


Registered Nurses provide direct nursing services in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care in the hospital. Perform selected procedures, less complicated duties are performed under general supervision; assesses patients on admission and review findings with Charge Nurse and/or Preceptor and develops a plan of care, gives routine medications as assigned. Receives work assignment from Charge Nurse which varies with each task learned. Consults the charge nurse on unusual problems, emergencies, and matters not covered in the initial instructions. Operates and monitors medical equipment.

In addition to meeting direct patient care needs, Patient Care Service provides training sites and educational opportunities for college and university health care programs.

Work Schedule: Various shifts/tours available; full time position

Functional Statement Title/#: Graduate Registered Nurse

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.
  • U.S. Citizenship

Basic Requirements:

  • 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)

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; OR a 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 years 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; OR a 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

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: Heavy lifting 50 lbs and over (intermittently); carrying up to 45 lbs (intermittently); repeated bending; straight pulling up to 45 lbs (intermittently); straight pushing up to 45 lbs (intermittently); stooping (intermittently); squatting (intermittently); kneeling (occasionally); use of both arms; use of both hands; use of fingers; overhead work, both arms (intermittently); prolonged walking (up to 4 hours/day); prolonged standing (up to 4 hours/day); sitting (up to 2 hours/day); far vision - correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; near vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13-16 inches; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing - ability to hear and understand the spoken voice from a distance of 8 feet. Emotional and mental stability – ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.

Security Clearance


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:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. 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: $58,803.00 to $65,859.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451381400

Job Announcement Number: 654-16-AYG-1808951