The Durham VA Health Care System is recruiting for a Registered Nurse, Off-Tour Care Coordinator. The Registered Nurse selected for the Off-Tour Care Coordinator position has the designated authority, responsibility and accountability for management of nursing care units and nursing staff throughout the medical center. This position also serves as the Transfer Coordinator after hours. This job has a scheduled tour of duty of 24 hours per week.
The Off-Tour Nursing Coordinator completes a daily staffing report each tour of duty (day, evening and night) reflective of ward census, patient activity and available staff for each nursing care unit/area. Face to face report is required at the beginning and end of each tour. At the beginning of each tour, the Nurse Manager or Off-Tour Coordinator will evaluate workload to ensure that an adequate number and mix of staff are scheduled to meet patient care needs. When staffing is less than the acceptable variance, the Nurse Manager, Off-Tour Coordinator or Service Line Nurse Leader will take action to alleviate the shortage. Actions/alternatives to be considered include the following:
Utilizing flexible time schedules
Changing scheduled tour of duty of staff
Reassignment from another unit
Utilizing overtime or compensatory time
Utilizing intermittent part-time staff or fee basis staff
Controlling workload by coordinating admissions and/or inter-ward transfers
Temporarily closing beds
Frequent patient care area evaluations
Consultant to physicians in patient care delivery
Works with Administrative Officer of the Day on daily operations
Act as Incident Command Lead on site for Emergencies and determines disposition of patients
Registered Nurse (RN) and a graduate from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLCNAC), or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Hold a current, unrestricted nursing license to practice in a state or territory of the United States
Work Schedule: Primary shift is evening and nights during the weekday and rotating through all tours on weekends and holidays.
11:30PM - 8:00AM (night tour)
3:30PM - Midnight (evening tour)
7:30AM - 4:00PM (day tour)
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
(1) Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non citizens may be appointed when it is not possible
to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
(2) Graduation from School of Nursing:
(a) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and
accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the
applicant. [NOTE: See exception in subparagraph (b) below for candidates who are enrolled in a MSN Bridge Program.]
1. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the
National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call
(800) 669-1656 extension 153. The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional
information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site; or
2. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American
Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree
programs, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call (202)
463-6930. Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site.
(b) [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. In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment. Students do not earn a BSN, but receive a MSN degree upon completion of course work. A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA. Bridge programs that confer a master's degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor's Degree is not awarded.
(c)] In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full,
active, and unrestricted registration (see paragraph 2a(3)) will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
NOTE: Most individuals admitted as permanent residents or adjusting to permanent resident status as registered nurses on or after December 14, 1998, for the purpose of working as a registered nurse, must meet the certification requirements in Section 343 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (Pub. L. 104-208, September 30, 1996). This certification involves a review of the alien's education, training, license(s), and experience, verification that the alien possess an acceptable level of competence in written and oral English, and a requirement that the individual has passed either the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Examination or the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. examination, the NCLEX-RN. For additional information see Pub. L. 104-208, 63 Federal Register 55007-55012, dated October 14, 1998, and the CGFNS web site.
(a) Condition of Employment. A registered nurse (RN) will have a current, full, active and
unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth
Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The appointing official may waive this
registration if the RN is to serve in a country other than the U.S. and the RN has registration in that
country (e.g., Philippines). The RN must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA.
(b) Impaired Registration. An impaired registration is any registration(s) revoked, suspended,
denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status. A registered nurse who has or ever had any such impairment to their registration as listed above may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of chapter 3, section B, paragraph 15 of this part.
(4) Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
(5) English Language Proficiency. RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be
proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
Two years clinical experience as Supervisor, Nurse Manager, Head Nurse or Director
Demonstrated performance in supervision of staff
Excellent interpersonal, critical thinking and problem solving skills
Demonstrated outcomes and still in leading quality improvement activities
Evidence of leadership and supervision portfolio
Preferred Education: MSN or BSN with related Masters degree
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard
Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to perform all activities of the position without restriction. This position involves considerable standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, sitting, and turning. The work may involve going up and down flights of stairs. The position requires visual and auditory acuity at a level sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care. The incumbent should have the ability to physically control or protect him/herself from physically abusive patients.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. (Required)
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
DD-214/ Statement of Service
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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