Carl Vinson VAMC is seeking a Registered Nurse to serve as Nurse Manager in the Community Living Center. A Nurse Manager is a professional nurse who holds twenty-four-hour accountability for the management of a defined area of organized nursing services or patient care unit within the Carl Vinson VAMC. Open until filled 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 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). The approving official may authorize a waiver of the requirement for ACEN or CCNE accreditation of any degree in nursing provided the college or university has regional accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education at the time of the candidate's graduation and the composite qualifications of the applicant warrant such consideration. 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. Required Experience: I year of Long-Term Care and 1 year of management 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: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, and bending. The incumbent may be exposed to infected resident/Veterans and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to resident/Veterans who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on organizational needs. ["As a nursing leader, the Nurse Manager is responsible for the management of Nursing Practice and Nursing Operations within their defined areas of responsibility. He/she facilitates an interdisciplinary approach to high-quality, cost-effective, and customer-focused health care. The Nurse Manager directly supervises all nursing personnel in their defined area of responsibility. Incumbent is a first level-nursing manager who functions under the direction and guidance of the Associate Director, Patient Care Services in providing clinical and administrative leadership. The Nurse Manager holds the responsibility for the implementation of the Vision, Mission, and Values of the Carl Vinson VAMC within their defined areas of responsibility. He/she is engaged in administrative nursing practices characterized by both increased complexity of clinical decision-making and enhanced skill in nursing management. He/she provides leadership in the day-to-day operations and provides input into the strategic planning process in the attainment of organizational goals. He/she keeps staff informed of Clinical Center/Service Line goals by facilitating both vertical and horizontal communication promptly. He/she provides timely information regarding emergencies, unusual occurrences, or issues that impact nursing practice or operations to the Associate Director of Patient Care Services. He/she provides direct supervision of nursing personnel in their defined area of responsibility and evaluates their performance and competency. He/she is knowledgeable concerning the disciplinary process and keeps their supervisor abreast of such actions. He/she is responsible for all issues that affect nursing including standards of practice, credentialing, training, functional statements, position descriptions, proficiency reports, performance appraisals, policies, procedures, protocols, and competencies. He/she ensures appropriate orientation, education, and continuing professional development of nursing personnel they supervise. He/she assumes responsibility for staffing and scheduling of permanent and supplemental nursing staff and ensures that assignments of the staff reflect their appropriate utilization and compliance with staffing guidelines. The Nurse Manager is fiscally responsible and participates with the Associate Director of Patient Care Service and Chief Nurses in planning and monitoring the budget for their area of responsibility. He/she allocates available resources to promote efficient, effective, and customer-focused nursing care. He/she serves as a role model and coaches and supports staff in critical thinking regarding professional nursing practice. The Nurse Manager is responsible for ensuring the environment is conducive to the recruitment and retention of highly competent nursing staff with diverse backgrounds and conducive to educational experiences for nurses and other students. He/she directs practice according to established policies, standards of care, and standards of practice and is responsible for ensuring that nursing practice/operations are compliant with all applicable local, VISN, or National Standards, policies, statutes, and regulations. He/she ensures that nursing practice is consistent with external standards such as The Joint Commission and internal standards such as the VA Performance Measures. The Nurse Manager is an active member of the various medical interdisciplinary teams. He/she plays a key role in the ongoing systematic evaluation and improvement of the quality and effectiveness of nursing care and services as they affect resident/Veteran outcomes in facilitating nursing research and involving staff in evaluative research activities within the designated area of responsibility. The Nurse Manager collaborates with interdisciplinary team members, including other program and service leaders at the local and network levels, and reports directly to the respective Chief Nurse. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards 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: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm M-F 400p (Must be flexible to occasionally work after hours and weekends as needed) Compressed/Flexible: NA Telework: NA Virtual: This is not a virtual position. EDRP Authorized: Contact, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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