Registered Nurse, Operating Room

San Diego, CA
Aug 12, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Operating Room Staff Nurse in the Nursing and Patient Care Services is located at the main hospital in La Jolla. The Operating Room Staff Nurse is a professional registered nurse who is responsible for the evidence-based care of a group of patients and who utilizes the Nursing Process to:

*demonstrate leadership in providing a safe and supportive environment for patients, staff and others

*use & direct others to use equipment safely and appropriately

*provide care that incorporates the age, gender, cultural and learning needs of patients requiring complex planning and evaluation of care

*apply and direct others to apply infection control measures appropriately in delivering care

*collaborate with others to identify, analyze and resolve problems affecting care

*identify potential problems involving resources and/or safety and takes action to ensure patient safety and a therapeutic environment

*adhere to ethical principles and nursing standards in delivering care

*demonstrate leadership in unit-level quality improvement activities

*apply knowledge and skill core competencies of the assigned unit to patient care

*effective communication skills with individuals & groups to achieve desired patient outcomes demonstrate all mandatory organizational and clinical competencies of the position.

Work Schedule: Full time permanent, 40 hours perweek, this position is rotating shifts to cover hours of operation from 0700-1930, 8 hour shifts, Overtime/Weekend/Holiday work may be required to meet patient care needs. On Call is required. Specific workinghours will bediscussed during the interview.

Functional Statement Title: Operating Room Registered Nurse.


*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 ( or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( 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; 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 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; 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 or Bachelor's degree in a related field 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.

Preferred Experience: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or enroll in BSN/Bridge program;minimum of2 years ofcurrent Operating Room experience in both scrubbing and circulating complex cases; Ortho total joints and robotics, spine fusion, neurosurgery, Cardiac Surgery procedures (CABG's & Valves). BLS, ACLS, andCCI Specialty certification under CNORpreferred.

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.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.

The following documents are required. You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the below documents 1-4. *IF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE NOT PROVIDED, YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FURTHER CONSIDERATION AND YOU WILL BE RATED AS INELIGIBLE.*

1. Responses to Occupational Questionnaire: If applying online, you will be prompted to respond electronically. If submitting via fax, you must complete the 1203FX form.

2. CV or Resume - It must include sufficient experience and/or education. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. Your resume MUST include the following: the month and year for each position held, and the number of work hours per week, e.g., 03/09 - 06/11 (or Present), 40 hrs/week.

3. VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Nurses And Nurse Anesthetists (required) Available at the VA Forms website:

4. Unofficial transcript(s)- showing degree and confer date. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. NOTE: Applicant's education program must be listed on one of the above websites showing accreditation at the time the program was completed. If the school is not currently listed, applicants must provide evidence of past accreditation in the application materials.

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

*Cover Letter

*DD-214 (member 4 copy)

*Other Veterans Document


*SF-50 "Notice of Personnel Action"

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s), VA letter and SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference or if you currently on active duty; a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty stating you are expecting to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days must be submitted with your application for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1995868.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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