Department of Veterans Affairs: Nurse Educator – Iowa City, IA

A Nurse Educator is a nurse who teaches and prepares licensed practical nurses (LPN) and registered nurses (RN) for entry into practice positions. They can also teach in various patient care settings to provide continuing education to licensed nursing staff.

This position will function as Clinical Nurse Educator. Duties include, but are not limited to: Clinical Nurse Educator will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the education and training of Patient Care Services staff assigned to various nursing units, clinics, and community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC’s).

The incumbent should possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient-centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team. Work Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


  • 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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 course work equivalent to a nursing degree in an 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.
  • Mental Health experience is preferred.

Nurse Educator Benefits
VA offers a robust benefits package that is unmatched in the private sector. For travel positions, benefits may vary based on the length and type of appointment you accept. Read more to learn about our employment benefits:

  • Paid Time Off:
    • Our employees earn 13 to 26 days of paid annual (vacation/personal) leave, depending on their profession. Annual leave begins to accrue immediately and can be used as it is earned
      Our employees also earn 13 days of sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation
      We observe 10 paid Federal holidays
    • The Family and Medical Leave Act and the Family Friendly Leave Act allow employees to balance their work and family lives by taking reasonable amounts of leave for medical reasons, for the birth or adoption/foster care of a child, and for the care of a child, spouse, or parent who has a serious health problem
    • The Voluntary Leave Transfer Program allows Federal employees to donate annual leave to other Federal employees who are experiencing a medical emergency
    • Military leave is authorized up to 15 days a year for our active reservists and National Guard members
  • Insurance benefits Coverage Options:
    • Our employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose, including exceptional vision and dental plans
    • For all of our health insurance plans, premiums are partially paid by the Federal
    • Government and employees have the opportunity to change plans annually
    • Our employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
    • Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government
    • Long-term care insurance is available as an option

This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

About Department of Veterans Affairs
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefits system with Cabinet-level status. It is the United States government’s fourth largest department after the United States Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education.

VA employs nearly 280,000 people at hundreds of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, clinics, and benefits offices and is responsible for administering programs of veterans’ benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors.

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