The Registered Nurse (RN) Medical/Surgical/Telemetry is a unit located in the Directorate for Nursing Services, Office of Chief Nurse Executive, at the Captain James Lovell Federal Health Care Center. The RN on the inpatient acute care unit functions as an integral member of the Interdisciplinary Medical/Surgical/Telemetry Team to provide healthcare that maximizes the quality of life for Veterans, Department of Defense (DOD) beneficiaries (active duty and retired), and their family members. 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: Must have at least an Associate Degree and/or Diploma in Nursing; BSN preferred. Is preferred to have at least 1 year of increasingly complex RN medical/surgical/ telemetry nursing practice experience. Must have current, active certifications in BLS and ACLS. 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: To perform in a fully successful manner, the individual must have the physical ability to perform job-related duties which include: light to moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); light to moderate carrying, (15-44 pounds); pushing (> 1 hour); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 4 hours); standing (> 1 hour); kneeling (up to 1 hour); repeated bending (up to 1 hour); prolonged sitting (up to 2 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 to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; and hearing (aid permitted). Administrative duties include word processing, computer keyboard typing, computer screen viewing, and using the telephone. A health examination must be successfully completed prior to this assignment and periodically thereafter as required by the Occupational Health Clinic policy. There will be intermittent exposure to blood and body fluids. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards VISN 12 is committed to fostering and sustaining an environment which celebrates diversity, provides equitable opportunities for employment and promotion, and supports inclusiveness in our culture. Together, we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that promote professional growth and teamwork, and are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We embrace our differences as individuals and unite as a team toward a common goal: to serve our nation's Veterans. The RN scope includes proficiency, demonstrated through knowledge and skills, in the care of adult patients with medical, surgical, and/or telemetry nursing care requirements. Such knowledge and skills are identified in the competence assessment checklist of the position and include knowledge and skills in the following: Communication and interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers. Maintenance of confidentiality related to patient/employee information, electronic and print. The Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) performance improvement program. How to work and function in the FHCC in a safe manner, including infection control, and the correct operation of equipment. Population-specific care, as identified in the Population-Specific Competencies, including knowledge of principles of growth and development relevant to the populations served and associated age specific changes; ability to assess and interpret data about the patient's status; and ability to identify population specific needs and provide the appropriate care based upon the population related factors noted. This unit is an adult Medical/Surgical/Telemetry unit. Must be able to correctly interpret a cardiac \"rhythm strip,\" recognize cardiac arrhythmias and provide appropriate interventions. Major Duties and Responsibilities Applies the nursing process to systems or processes at the unit/team/work group level to improve care. Demonstrates leadership by involving others to improve care. Supports and enhances client self-determination. Serves as a resource for clients and staff in addressing ethical issues. Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues, taking appropriate action. Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice. Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance. Evaluates practice of self and others using professional standards, relevant statutes and regulations. Takes action to improve performance. Uses group process to identify, analyze and resolve care problems. Educates colleagues and/or students and serves as a preceptor and/or mentor. Initiates/participates in quality improvement activities that result in improved outcomes. Uses a body of research to validate and /or change work group practice. 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: 12s Days with rotation to other shifts as needed to include weekends and holidays. Telework: Not 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"]
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