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Date:  Mar 4, 2023


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Requisition No: 793079 

Agency: Veterans Affairs


Position Number: 50453000 

Salary:  $64,480.00 

Posting Closing Date: 04/02/2023 

Requisition #793079 




Ardie R. Copas State Veterans' Nursing Home

Port Saint Lucie, Saint Lucie County 

Annual Non-Negotiable Salary:  $64,480.00

Paid Bi-Weekly

*This position is eligible for both Overtime pay and an additional $1.00 per hour Florida Nurses’ Association shift differential pay for qualifying shifts.*


This position may include a sign-on bonus of $3,500.00, which will be paid out over a two-year period at 6-month intervals (restrictions apply).  Any employee leaving employment with the agency or moving to OPS prior to that timeframe will forfeit any additional bonus reimbursement. There is no guarantee of payment unless you complete the term of employment. If you leave prior to completion of the term, you are owed nothing by the Agency, and the recoupment of any previously paid bonus amount will be at the Agency’s discretion.  Returning employees must have left the Department for a period of 12 months or more to be ‎eligible for the sign-on bonus.


Shifts Available:
3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (30-Minute Break)
11:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. (30-Minute Break)


The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs is an agency dedicated to serving those who served U.S.  We are seeking a motivated, dynamic individual! 

Excellent retirement package and optional deferred compensation plan.  Health, vision, dental, ‎disability, and other supplemental insurance available at reasonable premium rates.  Paid vacation and ‎sick leave. Nine (9) paid holidays and personal day.  Tuition waiver available for State Universities and ‎Community Colleges (up to 6 credits per semester).‎ Education and employment history must be verifiable.  Please attach any credentials you claim (degrees, certifications, etc.) to your application.

**This is a continuous advertisement for a Registered Nurse.  

Multiple positions and varied shifts will be selected from this pool.**

**Other vacant positions/shifts may be filled from this advertisement within six (6) months of the closing date.**

The FDVA Nursing State Veterans’ Nursing Homes and Domiciliary are designated employment sites for the Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

  • From funds available, the program may make nursing education loan repayments of up to $4,000.00 per year, per nurse enrolled in the program, for a maximum of four years.
  • Payment is made at the end of each 12 month enrollment period and made directly to the participant’s lender.
  • Enrollment and payment of awards is based on available funds.



  • Must be willing and able to work weekends and holidays.
  • Must possess a current Florida Registered Nurse License.
  • Must possess a current CPR certification.
  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Successful completion of the employment screening process to include, but not limited to, a national background investigation and drug test.


  • Experience in long-term care or 120 bed skilled nursing facility.
  • Experience with Electronic Medical Records.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience with medication administration.



The incumbent is responsible for giving ordered treatments, administer prescribed medications, give direct ADL care and complete requirements for diagnostic procedures as requested by the attending physician on an assigned shift per established policies and procedures. Works under the direct supervision of the Senior Registered Nurse Supervisor.

Receive verbal orders, including telephone orders from attending physicians. Transcribes physician’s orders to all appropriate documents on an assigned shift per established policies and procedures.

Make rounds with physicians and other health care personnel per established policies and procedures. Monitor physician’s orders for completion. Review and follow-up on resident incidents or complaints. 

Count narcotics at beginning and end of shift. Assure that narcotic records are accurate for assigned shift. Will provide supervision (lead worker duties) for the facility on an assigned shift as require and as defined in 60K-2.0061 (3) (d) F.A.C.

Will supervise subordinates on assigned unit. Review work assignments with staff on unit and assign team members in accordance with the patient’s needs, available staffing, and in accordance with policies and procedures. Assure assigned CNAs are in dining room on time. Try to problem solve with employees as required before involving supervisor. 

Recognize and respond to changes in resident’s conditions as it occurs. Will record observations accurately and concisely. Notify supervisor, physician and family of changes. Document all notifications as they are made. Assist physicians with special tests and procedures as required and within the scope of the Florida Nursing Practice Act.

Receive and give report at beginning and end of shift by making walking rounds with the off-going and on-coming nurse. On assigned residents and within the assigned time frame will: Complete, sign and date the MDS, RAP modules and additional assessments. Will review and update care plans; notify chairperson if changes need to be made per established policies and procedures; and attend Interdisciplinary Care Plans when requested. 

Will maintain professional standards of nursing care at all times. Follows all local, state, and federal rules and regulations, as well as the policies and procedures of the facility and nursing department. 

Attend mandatory and non-mandatory in-services, meetings, Care Plans and MDS as required. Will ensure economical utilization of supplies and proper charging of items to residents’ accounts. 

Ensure equipment is maintained in a clean and safe manner. Will maintain valid CPR certification and perform as needed.

Perform all other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

This position is in the Career Service system.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Port Saint Lucie