This position is located at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center in Acute Care. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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 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; 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. 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: Heavy lifting (up to 50 pounds); heavy carrying (up to 50 pounds); straight pulling (2-4 hours); pushing (2-4 hours); reaching above shoulders (1-2 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (4-6 hours); standing (4-6 hours); repeated bending (2-4 hours); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of color; hear (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Nurse Manager is responsible for daily operations on their assigned unit and any unit for which they provide supervisory coverage. The Nurse Manager is a member of the Nursing Leadership Council and works as a dynamic contributor to decisions of patient care, nursing practice, programmatic design and leadership decisions. The Nurse Manager identifies, evaluates and plans unit level staffing based on patient demand for care, best practice and community benchmarks, and available resources. The Nurse Manager responds timely and appropriately to unexpected changes in available staffing or demand for staffing. The Nurse Manager works effectively and collaboratively with the staffing office to assure safe levels and availability of competent nursing staff to provide care on the unit assigned. The Nurse Manager evaluates staff based on the Nurse Qualification Standards and assigns and delegates work accordingly. The Nurse Manager is knowledgeable of regulatory standards, specialty program standards, and VA Directives pertinent to populations served. The Nurse Manager identifies, evaluates, plans and assures provision of care compliant with all relevant standards. The Nurse Manager establishes a multidisciplinary, collaborative program for the delivery of care. The Nurse Manager provides ethical management establishing a process that demonstrates fairness, equity and consistency in the application of Human Resource rules and guidelines. The Nurse Manager demonstrates empathy to individual staff while assuring the provision of care on the assigned unit. The Nurse Manager has an established system for timely evaluation, verbal and written feedback, performance expectations and individual performance goals to individuals supervised. The Nurse Manager assures the competency of each medical center employee, contract and agency staff person and float pool staff person providing care and services on the assigned unit. The Nurse Manager provides evaluation, coaching and mentoring to support staff development. The Nurse Manager assures the development of education programs related to specialty areas and activities. The Nurse Manager provides individually appropriate opportunities for participation in unit, medical center, VISN and National work groups and committees based on clinical skill and knowledge, demonstrated critical thinking and emotional maturity in a fair and equitable manner considering all available resources. The Nurse Manager is responsible for the management technical aspects of the role including but not limited to: Recruitment and retention of staff on their unit. Timely completion of employee accident reports. Unit level management of OWCP and non-work related light duty employees. Signing payroll. Timely completion of proficiencies and evaluations. Assuring staff completion of mandatory education. Assuring staff maintain current required credentials such as BLS/ACLS. Progressive, fair discipline intended to provide employees with the opportunity to improve. The Nurse Manager identified, evaluates, plans and tracks quality improvement activities in collaboration with the Quality Management team in the Medical Center. The Nurse Manager is responsible for employee and patient satisfaction in the unit assigned. The Nurse Manager provides timely address to incidents reported, identifies, evaluates, plans and implements processes to improve satisfaction in collaboration with all unit staff members The Nurse Manager incumbent demonstrates the experience, skills, knowledge and ability to function within the practice dimensions described below: PRACTICE - The effective use of the nursing process to make practice decisions in an ethical manner with consideration to safety, effectiveness and cost in planning and delivering care. PROFESSIONAL ROLE - Seeks learning opportunity for self and others. Evaluates his/her own nursing practice and the performance of others. - COLLABORATION - Creates an atmosphere in which nurses build professional relationships with peers and colleagues in the interdisciplinary team. Provides opportunities for nurses to share knowledge through coaching and mentoring. SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY - The extent to which the RN systematically evaluates and improves the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice and health care delivery based on research. Work Schedule: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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