Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (RN) - Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder in Hines, Illinois

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1986316

* 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.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to current permanent VA employees nationwide

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Grade/Step/Salary will be recommended by a Nurse Professional Standards Board and is based upon education and/or experience.

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital (, located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147 acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care and serves as a tertiary care referral center for VISN 12. Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery. The hospital also serves as the VISN 12 southern tier hub for pathology, radiology, radiation therapy, human resource management and fiscal services.

Hines VAH currently operates 471 beds and six community based outpatient clinics in Manteno, Elgin, Oak Lawn, Aurora, LaSalle, and Joliet. Over 600,000 patient visits occurred in fiscal year 2010 providing care to over 54,000 veterans, primarily from Cook, DuPage and Will counties.

Hines VAH is affiliated with 70 colleges and universities and 40 associated health professions. The primary medical school affiliation is with the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago. There are over 1,300 students educated annually at Hines.

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

A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is not authorized for this position.


This is a Full Time (hours per pay period) Temporary Appointment NOT TO EXCEED 12 Months.

The SCl/D Registered Nurse practices in a fast paced, challenging environment. RN scope includes proficiency in the routine and emergency care of all patients with various levels of acuity and needs. This includes but is not limited to assisting with activities of daily living (ADL's), minimal to total physical patient care, bowel and bladder care, range of motion activities, facilitating patient appointments, admissions and discharges, surgical preparations and post-surgical care, basic medical care, patient and care giver teaching, women's health, emergent care, notifying rapid response and calling codes as appropriate.

The Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) nurse cares for all Veteran patients with Spinal CordInjury/Disorder or Neurological impairment seeking acute care, annual evaluations, or respite. SCl/D patients have slight to extreme mobility deficits which are often complicated by muscle spasticity and care requires knowledge of safe patient handling, rehabilitation, and ventilator care. The SCI RN performs assessment, provides treatment and emergent care and utilizes Rapid Response when necessary. SCl/D patients are susceptible to episodes of Autonomic Dysreflexia (an emergent condition specific to SCUD patients) which must be addressed expeditiously and skillfully by the SCI nurse. Patients are admitted to the acute care SCI wards from SCI-Residential Care Facility, SCI-Clinic, the ER or other Hines units, or from outside the facility. The top reasons SCI patients are admitted to the acute care wards or seen in the SCI-Clinic are:

Wound Care

Acute Rehabilitation

Urinary Tract Infection

Bowel & Bladder Training/Management


Ostomy Placement

Annual Evaluations

Surgical Procedures

Chronic Disease Management

Treatment of Other Acute Illness

Pain Management

Respite and Lodging for Non-Acute Patient Stays

All RNs are required to be competent in the standards of practice for the care of all Spinal Cord Injury or neurologically impaired patients. The SCI RN is required to quickly identify emergent conditions, act on the patient's needs immediately, and collaborate with the care team. Based on the RN's patient assessment, the RN must be able to initiate care independently based on department standard operating procedures. The SCl/D RN is expected to communicate timely and effectively with all members of the patient care team, as well as relate courteously and appropriately to all internal and external customers. Nurses working at the SCI Centers will provide education and support to the spoke sites in accordance with VHA handbook 1176. Finally, the RN is expected to work collaboratively as a patient centered advocate and build strong alliances within multiple levels of interdisciplinary staff. This may include family meetings and multidisciplinary telehealth conferencing.

Work Schedule: Full Time Rotating Days 7:30am - 4:00pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse


Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

This position is open to Current VA Employees Nationwide

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

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.

  • 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.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • 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.

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.

Preferred Experience:


Current BLS Certification

Spinal Cord Injury and/or Acute Rehab experience

Grade Determinations: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.

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:Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting.

This position is not required to file a financial disclosure.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

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 is 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.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-12 to 2017-08-25

Salary: $58,161 to $114,011 / per year

Pay scale & grade: AD 00

Series: 0610 Nurse

Appointment type: Agency Employees Only NTE 12 MONTHS

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: HN-17-DR-1986316-BU

Control number: 474324200