Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide Registered Nurse (RN) - Veterans Affairs Quality Improvement Program (VASQIP) Surgical Quality Nurse in Iowa City, Iowa

Job Overview

Job Overview

The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) is currently recruiting for 1 RN VA Surgical Quality Improvement Program (VASQIP) position located in the Quality Improvement Department. The ICVAHCS is one of the facilities in the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1986549

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?

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. Not only are we the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

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.

This position functions as the lead manager and implementer of Surgical Quality Improvement Program (VASQIP).

This position is not required to provide a Confidential Financial Disclosure.


The major duties of the Registered Nurse - Veteran Affairs Quality Improvement Program (VASQIP) Surgical Quality Nurse include, but, are not limited to:

  • Serves as Vista Surgery Package subject-matter expert for VASQIP data collection.
  • Data mining, data analysis, and data entry for surgical quality data.
  • Ensures accurate VASQIP data submission process (data entry, interpretation, and timely transmission of the data to the NSO).
  • Managing programmatic issues related to surgical data.
  • Maintaining competency in VASQIP definitions and chart review processes.
  • Participating in VHA facility mortality and morbidity reviews.
  • Collaborating regularly with the Quality Management Director and Chief of Surgery regarding surgical data and programs, regardless of the specific department to which he/she organizationally reports.
  • Develops and maintains expertise/certification in area of practice through attendance at continuing education sessions, conferences and workshops.
  • Analyzes and evaluates, the effectiveness of programs or operations in meeting established goals, objectives and compliance with VHA policy, The Joint Commission standards and other internal and external regulatory agency requirements. Monitors and analyzes program surgical performance data to determine program effectiveness and identify opportunities for program improvement.
  • Develops and leads educational activities to enhance VASQIP program. This includes New Employee Orientation, Resident Orientation, and ongoing education for staff at all levels throughout the organization.
  • Serves content expert and advocate for VASQIP.
  • Serves as resource/consultant on facility and Network committees/task forces that focus on surgery, performance improvement, and policy/procedure development.
  • Assists facility leadership in the setting of institutional priorities related to the VASQIP.
  • Organizational Analysis: Collects, aggregates, and trends data for VASQIP and Surgical Committees. Evaluates processes or makes recommendations based on data for effective organizational changes. Performs organizational analysis and utilizes current trends and relevant theory to identify, analyze and resolve problem areas for the Surgery Program.
  • Serves as a member of the Facility Surgical Workgroup, Surgical Morbidity and Mortality, and VISN Facility Surgical Workgroup Committee.
  • Serves as the facility consultant and subject matter expert regarding: Surgical data and outcomes.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Functional Statement Title/#: RN Veterans Affairs Quality Improvement Program (VASQIP) Surgical Quality Nurse, #000000

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


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

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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.
  • 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:

  • Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
  • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no 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.

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:The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. ICVAHCS is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and transplant inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with visits to the Emergency Department and admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and will be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations during operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a calm, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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 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 position is a reannouncement, and those individuals who applied to announcement number IC-17-453-1986549 need not re-apply. Your application package will be considered from the previous announcement.

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: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-25

Salary: $53,355 to $88,941 / per year

Pay scale & grade: AD 00

Series: 0610 Nurse

Appointment type: Excepted Service Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: IC-17-507-SLZ-1986549-BU

Control number: 476502800