Nurse (Operating Room)

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Recruitment Bonus
Relocation Assistance
Student Loan Repayment


Occupying a generous portion of the border between Kentucky and Tennessee, Fort Campbell supports the fourth largest military population in the Army (and the 7th largest in the Department of Defense). The Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 5th Special Forces Group, and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment all call this base home. The Sabalauski Air Assault School (famed for being the “10 toughest days in the Army”), the Pathfinder Course, Rappel Master, and FRIES/SPIES Master are just a few of the other schools and qualification courses available at Fort Campbell.


A majority of Fort Campbell is located in Tennessee, but the post office that serves the base is just across the Kentucky border, giving on post residents and the installation itself the designation of being located in Kentucky. Clarksville, TN and Hopkinsville, KY are the two larger towns that serve the base. The base boasts modern facilities including a huge new commissary, parks, splash pads, a Starbucks, and updated housing.


Clarksville is growing, but keeps a mindful eye on preserving its history and “small town” feel. It’s only about 40 minutes north of Nashville, and some areas between the two cities are gaining popularity for being “bedroom communities” for Nashville (ie. where you go to sleep). The low cost of living, home prices, and absence of state income tax are all perks to living in Tennessee. You get the rural, country lifestyle, but with the option of a thriving metro area just a short drive down I-24. Kentucky towns offer the same beautiful rolling hills, sprawling farms, and gracious Southern hospitality as Tennessee, but with a bit more land and a greater horse to person ratio. Into organic produce, pastured beef and forested pork?  (It’s a thing — we checked!) You can actually get to know your farmer or rancher, if you’re so inclined! The Nashville music scene bleeds into Clarksville, influencing the caliber of music at festivals, community concerts, karaoke bars, and even church ensembles. Austin Peay University provides an abundance of cultural, sporting, and community events. Parks, shopping, dining, wineries, breweries and entertainment options round out the fairly solid amenities that you’ll find here.

Summers are long, hot, and humid with frequent storms, and you will most likely see snow in the winter. The local communities are friendly, laid back, markedly blue collar and love their military! The customs and values are a perfect representation of the “Bible Belt” on which it lies, so don’t make plans for a Sunday without checking if a business is open. Being central to most of the United States makes travel convenient.


Working for the Department of Defense comes with an abundance of benefits and perks to include competitive compensation packages, paid-time off, medical benefits, student loan repayments, and retirement package with Thrift Savings Plan to include matching employer contributions. For more information, please visit the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/  



Position Duties


1. The Clinical/Critical Care Nurse functions as a clinical staff member and is part of the Department of Surgery.


a. Collaborates with surgeons in one or more surgical services to assess, coordinate, plan and implement the newest approaches and practices in order to deliver efficient, cost effective surgical care for the beneficiary population. Coordinates with physicians and other staff preoperatively to develop a multidisciplinary, intraoperative plan of care.Ensures availability of equipment, instruments and supplies for surgical cases. Independently establishes surgical nursing protocols and coordinates activities of all team members. 


b. Performs preoperative and postoperative patient care. Uses hard-copy and automated documentation systems to obtain a patient history. Utilizes appropriate interview skills to accurately identify existing and potential problems, and formulate a nursing assessment. Utilizes the perioperative nursing process to identify patient problems and generate nursing diagnoses; designs a plan of care, writes and implements nursing orders to achieve established goals, evaluates nursing interventions relative to desired outcomes based upon a patient's response to care; documents patient's status on a continual basis and revises plan of care accordingly. Describes the patient's appearance, emotional status, interaction with staff-and/or family, and knowledge level of disease process in writing. Interprets and/or makes inferences regarding patient's verbal and non-verbal actions/responses. Documents nursing process in hard copy and automated documentation systems. 


c. May be assigned as charge nurse of a particular shift and will assume the responsibility for promoting quality, cost effective nursing care within the framework of the philosophy and mission objectives of the Department of Surgery and the Command. Has the delegated authority and responsibility to implement, coordinate and supervise nursing care for that shift. As charge nurse uses management skills to identify, distribute and balance workload and tasks among personnel based on their competency level and experience, makes adjustment to assignments to accomplish work in accordance with established priorities to ensure timely, accomplishment of tasks and procedures. Monitors and reports on status and progress of work; reviews completed work to insure supervisor's instructions on work priorities, methods, quality and deadlines have been met. Resolves simple, informal complaints of employees, patients, and other interdisciplinary team members and refers issues to supervisors or appropriate management person as appropriate.


2. Utilizes professional nursing theories, principles, and procedures in planning, providing, administering, overseeing, and documenting professional patient care, in accordance with nursing standards of practice, licensed independent provider (LIP), and established policies and procedures. Utilizes the nursing process to formulate patient care plans, identifies, documents, and implements nursing care, appropriate to patient care problems. Obtains patient history and completes a full nursing assessment. Identifies and documents the effectiveness of care provided and revises care plan, as needed. Implements individualized nursing care plans based on American Association of Operating Room Nurse (AORN) Perioperative Nursing Standards of Practice and Care to include safety precautions, correct positioning, infection control precautions and practices, aseptic practices, personnel assignments, and medication administration.


Utilizes critical thinking to select the course of action in implementing healthcare provider orders and interpreting their appropriateness to the patient’s present condition. Collaborates with healthcare providers to make changes to nursing care plans. Establishes criteria and evaluates/assesses effectiveness of patient treatment. Interprets and ensures compliance with established policies, procedures, and standards of care and practice. Collects and interprets health information; identifies wellness and risk factors, along with variations from norms, and makes an assessment. Utilizes professional nursing methods and processes to identify and manage immediate health care needs for non-urgent patient problems; recommends self-care, as appropriate, for nursing assessment, and as advised by approved clinical protocols. In the absence of a physician, independently determines and implements proper emergency/lifesaving measures, often identifying and interpreting life threatening conditions; facilitates transfer to the emergency department, as necessary. Assists surgeons and anesthesiologists with complex, or potentially life-threatening procedures such as insertion of invasive lines, chest tubes, tracheotomies, or removal of foreign bodies from the trachea. Assists Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) with insertion of invasive lines, endotracheal tubes and nasogastric tubes. Briefs post anesthesia nursing staff on perioperative nursing orders and their pertinent data.

Conducts Postoperative nursing assessment immediately following and within 48 hours after surgery to determine validity of nursing care plan, outcomes, and long-range patient goals.


3. Sets up, operates and monitors specialized medical equipment such as cardiac monitors, oxygen delivery systems, arterial lines, chest tubes, defibrillators, suction devices, pulse oximeter, hypothermic devices, laparoscopes, microscopes, powered pneumatic and electrical drills and saws, prevaccum flash sterilizers, electro cautery units and suction devices. Utilizes and instructs others in simple as well as highly sophisticated equipment including lasers, sophisticated digital and computerized equipment, ultra-sonic machines, operative microscopes, cryo-surgery equipment, endoscopy equipment, insufflators, fiber optic equipment, and high speed drills, other technology as required. Ensures equipment is working properly preoperatively and throughout surgical procedures. Remains aware of the patient’s condition and takes appropriate action, as needed. Monitors all ongoing process (anesthesia surgery, aseptic techniques, equipment functions, patients response), interpreting signs and symptoms and initiates and intervenes with immediate corrective action. Facilitates obtaining timely lab tests, X-rays, and EKGs as needed. Administers medication (oral, subcutaneous, IV), including potent narcotics, in accordance with physician's orders. Makes independent perioperative nursing judgment and appropriate revisions in care plan, monitors safety hazards, ensuring immediate actions are taken to resolve or correct. Interprets findings and reports to the healthcare provider, those findings which indicate a detrimental variation in the progress of the patient.

Instructs patients and family members regarding disease processes and provides emotional support, as needed. Educates and enhances health prevention and promotion to strive for a state of wellness. Serves as facilitator to mediate complaints and concerns of patients, family members, and staff by taking immediate action to resolve or refer to a higher level. Collaborates with an interdisciplinary team to develop strategies to improve patient care services. Collaborates with designated personnel, utilizing a proactive approach to solve problems and develop projects to improve work flow processes. Determines staffing requirements and skill mix. Plans, delegates, and directs nursing care, based on patient care requirements and staff skill levels. Serves as mentor to newly assigned staff, as assigned.


Performs other duties as assigned.



Who May Apply: US Citizens

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 Nurse (Operating Room):

Degree: A graduate or higher level degree, bachelor's degree, associate degree, or diploma from an accredited professional nursing educational program is required. This education must have been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.).

Licensure/Certification: A current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a professional nurse from a State, the District of
Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States; and you must have passed the National Council Licensure Examination.

Foreign Degree: A degree from a Foreign Nursing School. Official certification from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools is required for individuals who graduated from foreign nursing schools.

Exemption: You are exempt from the basic requirements above if you are a current federal employee occupying a position in the 0610 occupational series and have been continuously employed in this occupational series since September 27, 2017 or before. Applicants claiming this exemption must meet the requirement below. Note: You will be required to provide appropriate documentation to the respective Human Resources Office to validate your status.

Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant.

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.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Education/Experience: A diploma, associate degree, or bachelor's degree in Nursing from a professional nursing program and possession of at least one full year of professional nursing experience (equivalent to the GS-9 grade level or above) which includes providing obstetric or gynecological nursing care to patients, performing newborn assessments, and assisting physicians with exams or procedures.


Education: A PhD or equivalent doctoral degree from a professional nursing educational program or related medical science field.

Exemption: You are exempt from the qualification requirements above if you are a current federal employee occupying a position in the 0610 occupational series and have been continuously employed in this occupational series since September 27, 2017 or before. Applicants claiming this exemption must meet one of the requirement below. Note: You will be required to provide appropriate documentation to the respective Human Resources Office to validate your status.


3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education from a professional nursing program.
3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education from a professional nursing program.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: See Qualifications section for education requirements.

Additional information


  • 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.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • Recruitment or relocation incentives MAY be authorized for highly qualified candidates.
  • Salary negotiation may be available for those candidates who are new to Federal service.
  • Student Loan repayment may be authorized.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit https://www.dfas.mil/civilianemployees/civrelo/Civilian-Moving-Expenses-Tax-Deduction/ for more information.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.
  • Position is designated as Inclement Weather Essential. The incumbent must make every attempt to report for work on time and/or remain on duty during severe weather conditions.
  • Position may be designated as Mission Essential. The incumbent will be required to report to work during times of contingency operations, natural disasters, extreme weather or other emergency situations.
  • Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/.
3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education from a professional nursing program.


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