The Marion, Illinois VA Health Care System is seeking a highly motivated Nurse Manager for the Surgical Specialty Clinics within Nursing Service that can multitask efficiently under demanding situations. This position is located in Marion, IL. 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. Preferred Experience: Recent management experience in specialty clinic area within the last two (2) years. Five (5) years experience as a Registered Nurse. BSN preferred. 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. 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 (45 lbs and over); Moderate Lifting (15 - 44 lbs); Light Lifting (under 15 lbs); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15 - 44 lbs); Light Carrying (under 15 lbs); Pushing (up to 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 5 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted). ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Nurse manager reports to the Associate Chief Nurse of Medicine and Surgery Services and works in conjunction with the Chief of Surgery. The incumbent has 24/7 responsibility for the overall administrative management of the area. The position requires flexibility and may have to provide direct care in emergency situations. The incumbent will execute position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex patient care. The incumbent is accountable for adhering to established policies, exemplifying high quality standards of care, utilizing evidence-based nursing practice standards, and for demonstrating leadership and accomplishments when providing patient care. The incumbent assists in the development and implementation of programs to improve the delivery of patient care. Plans, evaluates, recommends, and implements new initiatives when appropriate. Provides an environment that fosters employees to perform to their full individual potential, promotes a culture of staff empowerment and transformational leadership. The incumbent demonstrates a high level of clinical expertise, leadership, and creative approaches to management. Serves as a resource and role model to the staff. Demonstrates critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative skills in a high stress environment. Promotes, creates, demonstrates, and ensure a culturally diverse workforce in which the values and needs of all individuals are respected. Works cooperatively with union leadership and will adhere to EEO principles. The incumbent will make sound fiscal decisions when requesting supplies, approving time off, and authorizing overtime in compliance with unit and hospital financial goals. Specific responsibilities of practice include planning, administering, and directing nursing care to adult and geriatric patients. The incumbent supervises and provides oversight for staffing, counseling, and disciplinary actions. Selects and hires employees according to established guidelines. He/she must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds. The incumbent is responsible to ensure that the highest possible quality of care is achieved and that a safe, therapeutic environment is provided. He/she is administratively responsible to the ACN and responsible for other team members, i.e., RN, LPN, and Advanced Medical Support Assistants. The incumbent works closely to ensure sufficient clinical staff employ safe, competent, quality, and experienced nursing skills to coordinate multifaceted care within the realms of Professional Practice Standards and VA policy. PLEASE NOTE: These positions require Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. If selected, Applicants will provide proof of current certifications prior to employment. Only BLS certification which included Automated External Defibrillator (AED) obtained from either the American Heart Association (AHA) or the Military Treatment Training Network (MTN) will be accepted. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards\nPaid 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)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This position requires flexibility in the schedule and assignment according to facility needs.\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"]
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.