Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration RN Staff Nurse - Emergency Department 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 Friday 7/1/2016 (114 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (69 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1742292

Care for Heroes... Become a Hero... Be a VA Nurse 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 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 is seeking highly skilled and experienced RNs for our busy, Level II Emergency Department. Our department, which provides services to more than 25, 500 of our nation's veterans every year, consists of 20 medical bed, 3 exam rooms, 1 gyn exam room, and 4 seclusion rooms to better expedite the diagnosis and treatment of our unique patient population, including chest pain, stroke, breathing disorders, as well as mental health crises, with the latest technology. As one of the ED Staff Nurses, you will report directly to the ED Nurse Manager and will be responsible for the organization and administration of high quality and efficient patient care to our unique patient population.

Job duties include, but are not limited to the following:

1) Assure detailed, current and comprehensive documentation is contained in the patient medical record and other pertinent records.

2) Utilize human and material resources to provide efficient and effective patient care.

3) Evaluate systems for patient care delivery and personnel management by tailoring the operating environment to the particular needs of the patient population.

4) Promote participation with the Quality Management Program in the Clinical, Research and Educational Programs.

5) Develop and support research projects directed toward improving patient care and staff development.

6) Provide a safe and healthful physical environment for patients and personnel by interpreting and applying organizational controls and national standards.

7) Assure continuing improvement of service to patients, including implementation of an effective customer service program.

8) Understand and facilitate the objectives of student affiliation programs.

9) Ensure compliance with all patient rights and regulatory agency standards.

10) Collaborate with the other health care professionals in providing continuity of services for specific health issues.

11) Improves continuity of professional relationships among the health care team as they collaborate on behalf of patients.

12) Perform emergent care in acute/crisis situations.

13) Perform ongoing monitoring of patient conditions and document patient responses to care in a clear, concise manner.

14) Review and update patient databases, patient care plans and other forms as appropriate.

15) Interact with the family and/or significant others to facilitate patient care.

*Duty Location: *VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Bldg 500

11301 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles CA 90073

Work Schedule: Various 12 hour shifts (7a -7:30p and/or 7p-7:30a with one 8 hour shift every 2 weeks); all day shift positions are to be rotated to cover the evening and night shift as needed

Functional Statement Title:Staff 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • The Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center is seeking highly skilled and experienced critical care RNs for our busy, expanded Critical Care Department. Our ICU has 36 beds and provides service to both medical and surgical intensive care patients, specializing in cardio-vascular surgeries. As one of the ICU Staff Nurses, you will be responsible to the Nurse Manager of your assigned area and will be responsible for the organization and administration of high quality and efficient patient care to our unique patient population.

  • 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 *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.

Preferred Experience:

  • BSN preferred
  • Completion of a critical care course/training/orientation preferred
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from one of the following is required; American Heart Association - Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers or the Military Training Network (MTN) Provider certificate/card
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification from the American Heart Association
  • Minimum of at least one (1) year of current, full-time Emergency Department experience OR at least two (2) years of critical care experience preferred
  • Evidence of self-direction or organizational skills
  • Evidence of effectively educating patients and patient families

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.

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:

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

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Title 38 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.

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: $77,918.00 to $136,522.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 443461000

Job Announcement Number: 16-RN-TRP-1742292-BU