The Defense Health Agency, National Capital Region Medical Directorate (NCR-MD) is the future of Military Medicine- a partnership in World Class Medical Healthcare. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Dilorenzo Clinic and the Joint Pathology Center, provide world class medical services to the nation's service members and their families.
About the Position:
The Medical/Telemetry Unit offers access to high-quality critical care to medical and telemetry care patients that require close monitoring and support from specialized equipment and medication. The Medical/Telemetry Unit is furnished with advanced equipment and is staffed by knowledgeable experts who specialize in caring for medical/telemetry patients suffering from a wide variety of medical conditions. The position requires that the selected candidate be available to perform rotating shift work. The selected applicant for this position is expected to perform a variety of RN duties to include, but not limited to, assessing patient's condition; planning and implementing patient care plans; administering intravenous fluids and medications; reviewing data from special equipment to track patients' heart rates, blood pressures, breathing and other vitals; responding to life-saving situations and using nursing standards and protocols for treatment as well as order diagnostic tests as needed.
Who May Apply: US Citizens
- Not Required
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.
Basic Requirement for Clinical Nurse:
Degree: Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed.
Registration: An active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse.
In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:
Experience required: One year of experience which includes providing professional nursing duties i.e., caring for patients in a medical/telemetry unit; telemetry patient monitoring; interpreting/recording electronic displays in patient records i.e. basic electrocardiograms; obtaining peripheral intravenous access, assessing patients in an in-patient Medical Surgical/ICU or Telemetry/Cardiology Unit. This definition of experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09).
Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in nursing with a concentration in a field of nursing (e.g., teaching, a clinical specialty, research, administration).
Combination of Experience and Education Substitution for Specialized Experience for GS-11: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.
Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
- You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
- Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
- Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination.
- Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Tier 3 (T3) security clearance.
- This position requires the incumbent to have tuberculosis testing.
- This position has mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirements and is subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations unless otherwise exempted for medical or religious reasons.
- This position requires you to satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical examination.
- This position is covered by the Department of Defense Civilian Employee Drug-Free Workplace Program as a testing designated position (TDP).
- This position requires the incumbent to fulfill credentialing requirements and obtain and maintain appropriate/relevant clinical privileges.
- This position requires the incumbent to work on any day or shift, including PMs, nights, weekends, holidays, or on an "on call" basis, necessary to meet mission requirements.
- This position may be designated as Mission Essential and the incumbent must assume essential personnel status during inclement weather/emergencies.
- This position requires that you obtain and maintain a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
As a Clinical Nurse on a Medical/Telemetry Unit you will assess, plan, implement, and evaluate and provide professional nursing care and treatment for seriously ill patients with complex acute and chronic illnesses who require constant monitoring and support from specialized equipment and medicine. You will select the course of action in implementing licensed independent provider (LIP) orders and interpret the appropriateness to the patient's present condition. You will collaborate with LIPs to make changes to nursing care plans relevant to patients' condition. You will be expected to perform a variety of registered nurse duties to include, but not limited to, assessing a patient's condition and planning and implementing patient care plans. You will administer intravenous fluids and medications as well as review data from special equipment to track patients' heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and other vitals. Establish criteria and evaluate/assess the effectiveness of patient treatment. You will interpret and ensure compliance with established policies, procedures and standards of care and practice. You will be expected to respond to life-threatening situations using nursing standards and protocols for treatment as well as order diagnostic tests as needed. You will act at the patient advocate and collaborate with fellow members of the medical care team. Set-up, operate and monitor various medical equipment to include telemetry equipment. Determine staffing requirements/mix and appropriateness of bed utilization, based on analysis of patient acuity data. Plan, delegate and direct nursing care based upon patient care requirements and staff skill levels. Serve as unit shift-team leader or a group of patients or an entire unit as assigned or act as mentor and preceptor to newly assigned staff. You will be expected to provide education and support to the patients and their family members relevant to patient's medical care and treatment.