Fort Meade, SD
Aug 23, 2017
Sep 23, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) works in the Anesthesiology Service at the VA Black Hills Health Care System. The CRNA performs pre-anesthesia evaluations, collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to prepare the anesthesia plan, delivers all forms of anesthesia and provides pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care of patients. Provides emergency airway and resuscitation management throughout the facility and establishes working relationships with all levels of staff throughout the VA Black Hills Health Care System.

The CRNA translates the principles of professional nurse anesthesia practice into appropriate patient care. Performs the pre-anesthetic patient history and physical, including the collection of preoperative consults and data, from which an appropriate anesthetic plan is formulated. The anesthetic risks, benefits, and options are described to the patient. Administers inhalation, regional, intravenous, local and topical anesthetics and continuously evaluates the patient's physical status and response to anesthesia. Performs post-anesthetic management of patients in order to optimize the recovery from anesthesia and minimize pain. The CRNA provides patient care that is abreast of changing concepts and advancements in the profession, while working effectively in an interdisciplinary environment for improvement of services for patient care. Practices with colleagues and peers utilizing a collaborative team concept of anesthesia care, while demonstrating effective communication skills and professional behaviors that promote cooperation and interdisciplinary teamwork.

Location: Surgery and Specialty Care Service Line at the Fort Meade, South Dakota VA Medical Center.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:00am - 3:30pm with on-call rotation

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).
  • Graduate of an accredited Nurse Anesthesia program approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).
  • 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.

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 (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over);Straight Pulling (up to 4 hrs); Pushing (up to 4 hrs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 7-8 hrs); Standing (7-8 hrs); Repeated bending (up to7-8 hrs); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Specific visual requirement to be able to read typed characters; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional and mental stability required.

  • CV or Resume
  • Occupational Questionnaire completed online within USAJOBS
  • Copy of ALL Transcripts (Official/Unofficial). Note: MUSTshow the degree and date conferred.
  • "Other" - VA Form 10-2850A - application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists(required), must be current and signed and dated. Link to form:http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search
  • If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214, Member-4 copies. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).Must also submit their Disability Letter. Preference will not be granted to those who fail to supply the appropriate documentation.
  • If currently or previously permanently employed in the Federal Government, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. VHA employees may obtain a copy of their most recent SF-50 by accessing their E-OPF. Other federal employees may be able to contact their Personnel Office or by accessing the National Personnel Records Center. Consideration as a current or previous federal employee will not be granted to applicants who fail to supply the appropriate documentation.

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) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the datesof service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.Documentation is required 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 2001560.

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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