A recruitment/relocation incentive is authorized for this position. 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: - BSN. - 2-3 years of nursing practice. - Charge nurse, informal leader, or manager experience. 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. 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: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Practice as a registered professional nurse means the full scope of nursing, with or without compensation, that incorporates caring for all patients in all settings, through nursing standards recognized by the Division, and includes all of the following and other activities requiring a like skill level for which the registered professional nurse is properly trained: The comprehensive nursing assessment of the health status of patients that addresses changes to patient conditions. The development of a plan of nursing care to be integrated within the patient-centered health care plan that establishes nursing diagnoses and setting goals to meet identified health care needs, determining nursing interventions, and implementation of nursing care through the execution of nursing strategies and regimens ordered or prescribed by authorized healthcare professionals. The administration of medication or delegation of medication administration to licensed practical nurses or medication aides in a qualified facility (see Section 80-20 of the Act). Delegation of nursing interventions to implement the plan of care. The provision for the maintenance of safe and effective nursing care rendered directly or through delegation. Advocating for patients. The evaluation of responses to interventions and the effectiveness of the plan of care. Communicating and collaborating with other health care professionals. The procurement and application of new knowledge and technologies. The provision of health education and counseling. Participating in development of policies, procedures and systems to support patient safety. Functions as a supervisor in collaboration with the Nurse Manager. Shares responsibility for all the following functions: Assist in planning work to be accomplished by staff, assist with setting priorities and preparing schedules for completion of work. Assigning work to staff based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and the requirements of the assignments, and the capabilities of staff. Provide input into evaluating the performance of staff. Making recommendations for appointments, advancements or reassignments of staff. Giving advice after collaborating with the Nurse Manager (NM), counsel, or instruction to staff on work and administrative matters. Hearing and resolving complaints of staff and referring more serious complaints not resolved to Nurse Manager. Recommending disciplinary action where appropriate. Identifying developmental and training needs of staff and providing or making provision for such development and training. Share responsibility for performance improvement, customer service/resident satisfaction, resident and employee safety, interviewing applicants, employee relations, standards of care and practice, the work environment, and accreditation and regulatory standards. Actively develops and manages collaborative partnerships with providers and other clinicians. Works with other Nurse Managers/Supervisory Nurses to identify and share resources. Assists with time scheduling of the unit, and coaching staff. Participates on service and medical center committees and task forces to improve nursing practice and resident care. Identifies educational needs of staff and ensures that these needs are addressed. Shares responsibility for competency of staff on assigned unit/ team/ work group. Has an integral role in supporting and facilitating student nurse clinical experiences. Works in partnership with the union and adheres to EEO principles. In the absence of a Nurse Manager/Supervisory Nurse, the Assistant Nurse Manager will be designated to handle administrative and clinical issues, such as staffing coverage, granting leave, and resident and/or staff issue. 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: Negotiable after training is completed. A majority of the Tour of Duty must encompass the off tours (evenings and /or nights). Full -Time, 24-hour responsibility with rotating days, weekends, and holidays. Telework: Not Available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May Be Authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Pay Table: NS60."]
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