This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2023, or until all vacancies are filled. The first group of eligible applicants will be reviewed January 7, 2023. Subsequent reviews will be conducted as needed until positions are filled. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. OR 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. 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, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: The position involves considerable standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. It requires restraining confused patients, repositioning patients, assisting with transferring patients to Wheelchairs/stretchers/cars, and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift patients. The work may involve pushing or lifting weight in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/ invasive procedures. This position requires visual acuity, good hearing, distinctive speech and manual dexterity. The position requires the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level with neck in a fully flexed or extended position and the ability to physically control. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The registered nurse provides care and counseling of persons or in the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness and injury based upon the nursing process which includes systematic data gathering, assessment, appropriate nursing judgment, and evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as case finding, health teaching, health counseling; provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being; and executing medical regimens including administering medications and treatments prescribed by a licensed or otherwise legally authorized provider. Major Duties include, but are not limited to the following: - Demonstrating clinical competencies in such areas as age-specific care, cultural assessment, and health education. - Demonstrating an ability to begin functioning autonomously, as well as a member of an interdisciplinary team - Demonstrating respect for cultural and spiritual values - Providing organized and safe patient care. Focuses on individual assignment to address concerns and issues occurring with assignments - Ability to manage multiple competing priorities safely - Assessing care provided and seeks to improve - Demonstrating accurate and timely documentation of patient care according to the standards of the work area - Ability to demonstrate understanding of and compliance with patient safety guidelines, accrediting body guidelines, VHA Directives, and Facility Center Memorandums that pertain to the work unit and direct patient care - Ability to demonstrate understanding of facility performance metrics that can be influenced by care provided - Ability to demonstrate active participation in program level quality improvement processes and initiatives - Ability to demonstrate use of metrics to show improvement in delivery of care - Ability to demonstrate active participation in customer service improvement processes and initiatives - Consistently demonstrates effective communication skills and professional behaviors that promote cooperation and teamwork with internal and external customers, team members, and supervisors - Notifies the Nurse Manager of any safety incidents, employee injuries, or concerns of team members not providing care according to the appropriate Standards of Care - Attending staff meetings and program specific education - Following and including the appropriate Nursing chain of command structure - A commitment to discipline-specific standards of practice, including: ethical conduct, the primary care delivery model, chronic disease management, palliative care, principles of care management, a holistic framework of practice, and geriatric care skills (including infection control, equipment and environmental safety). - Assist with the development of patient treatment plans based on a comprehensive interdisciplinary assessment of the patient and the caregiver. - Review and Implement the patient's treatment plan through as needed. - Assess and support the caregiver's capability to continue to provide care. - Ability to educate the patient and the caregiver as needed. - Coordinate the process of care with the other team members to maximize efficiency. - Assess the patient's continuing need for CGS care, and plan for discharge when indicated. - Be aware of VHA and community resources for use as appropriate. - Actively participate in CGS team meetings. - Complete Caregiver Support Program Clinical Assessor responsibilities such as completing Veteran Functional Assessments, Home Care Assessments, and Wellness Contacts. - CGS RN's will monitor daily open encounters and view alerts. - CGS RN's will ensure care coordination is completed and documented appropriately. - Able to identify and communicate program quality improvement plans. - Additional duties as assigned. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.