Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in San Diego, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • San Diego, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

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

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1824237

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?

VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran's experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment.

We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment. We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.

We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.

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.

Incentives: Relocation/Recruitment incentives are not authorized for this position.

This is a Bargaining Unit Position.


The Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Nurse Specialist (SCI CNS) in the Nursing and Patient Care Services located at the main hospital in La Jolla. The SCI CNS serves as a clinical consultant/expert to staff on patient care issues on the inpatient unit as well as the SCI clinics and homecare. SCI CNS also serves as a role model in providing evidence-based care and supports others to:

  • Clinical and educational needs of patients and staff of the SCI Unit.
  • Provides direct patient care as appropriate.
  • Provides sexual counseling services for the inpatients and outpatients.
  • Provides leadership on unit-based, departmental and facility-wide Nursing and interdisciplinary committees, projects, and work groups.
  • Develops and implements competency-based mandatory and non-mandatory staff education programs, such as skills days.
  • Coordinates and teaches inservices and annual skills days for all SCI staff.
  • Coordinates the orientation of nursing students and new nursing staff, initiates and revises clinical policies and procedures and assists the Nurse Manager in the initiation and revision of administrative policies and procedures for SCI.
  • Consults with facility staff in managing difficult patients.
  • Leads CARF accreditation committee, serves as CARF rehab case manager, screens all new injury referrals to the program/center, and serves as liaison with Department of Defense case managers.
  • Works in collaboration with the interdisciplinary leadership team on patient care issues, and staff clinical and administrative issues.

Work Schedule: Full time permanent - 40 hours, Monday- Friday, from 0700-1530, 8 hour shift, Overtime/Weekend/Holiday work may be required to meet patient care needs. Work hours will be discussed during interview.

Functional Statement Title/#:Clinical Nurse Specialist Spinal Cord Injury

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Full, Unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • 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.

  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required

  • 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.

*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; (If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN is required.) 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, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. *This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Experience Requirements: 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.

Preferred Experience: MSN, 1-2 years Spinal Cord Injury experience, 1 year case manager or care coordination experience, 3-5 years current Medical/Surgical experience, demonstrated ability to plan and execute orientation programs for all levels of unit staff, and demonstrated progressive clinical leadership experience related to clinical program outcomes.

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:Heavy Lifting and Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling, Pushing, Walking, Standing, Kneeling, Repeated bending, Keyboarding, Viewing computer screen (8 - 12 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands and legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); and Emotional/Mental stability.

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:

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: $75,091.00 to $137,505.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453303400

Job Announcement Number: OP-17-RDM-1824237-BU