Responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age-specific components. Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction.
The Direct Care/Clinical Nurse/Staff Nurse will have a minimum of an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Diploma in Nursing. Responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age-specific components. Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences. Administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team. Core elements of performance include knowledge and active participation in until program level quality improvement processes and initiatives as well as customer service programs.
Work Schedule: Will vary depending upon shift work, patient care needs.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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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
NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD
a. Basic Requirements(1) 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.
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. Bridge programs that confer a master's degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor's Degree is not awarded.
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.
(3) Registration 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 (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The RN must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA.
Dimension Requirements for Grades (Dimensions should be addressed in Resume or as a separate submission.):
Nurse Level 1:
PRACTICE: 1. Practice: Uses the nursing process (assessment, diagnosis, outcome identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation). Accurately documents care of clients.2. Ethics: Safeguards client privacy and confidentiality. Provides care in a non-judgmental, non-discriminatory manner, respecting the values and belief of members of all cultures.3. Resource Utilization: Provides care in a safe and cost-effective manner.PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: 1. Performance: Participates in appraisal of own performance.2. Education/Career Development: Seeks opportunities to acquire and develop basic skills.
COLLABORATION: 1. Collegiality: Establishes professional relationships with peers. Seeks out colleagues for mutual information exchange.2. Collaboration: Communicates with clients and other healthcare providers regarding client care.
SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY: 1. Quality of Care: Describes the quality improvement process, roles and responsibilities, and identifies quality improvement activities on the unit.2. Research: Assists in identifying problem areas in nursing practice.
Nurse level 2:
PRACTICE: 1. Practice: Applies the nursing process to systems or processes at the unit/team/work group level to improve care. Demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care.2. Ethics: Supports and enhances client self-determination. Serves as a resource for clients and staff in addressing ethical issues.3. Resource Utilization: Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues, taking appropriate action.PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: 1. Education/Career Development: Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice. Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance.2. Performance: Evaluates practice of self and others using professional standards, relevant statutes, and regulations. Takes action to improve performance.
COLLABORATION: 1. Collaboration: Uses group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems.2. Collegiality: Educates colleagues and/or students and serves as a preceptor and/or mentor.SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY1. Quality of Care: Initiates/participates in quality improvement activities that result in approved outcomes.2. Research: Uses a body of research to validate and/or change work group practice.
Nurse Level 3:
PRACTICE: 1. Practice: Provides leadership in the application of the nursing process to client care, organizational processes and/or systems, improving outcomes at the program or service level.2. Ethics: Provides leadership in identifying and addressing ethical issues that impact clients and staff, including initiating and participating in ethics consultations.3. Resource Utilization: Manages program resources (financial, human, material, or informational) to facilitate safe, effective, and efficient care.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: 1. Education/Career Development: Implements an educational plan to meet changing program or service needs for self and others. Maintains knowledge of current techniques, trends, and professional issues.2. Performance: Uses professional standards of care and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities.
COLLABORATION: 1. Collaboration: Uses the group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems.2. Collegiality: Coaches colleagues in team building. Makes sustained contributions to health care by sharing expertise within and/or outside the medical facility
SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY:1. Quality of Care: Initiates interdisciplinary projects to improve organizational performance.2. Research: Collaborates with others in research activities to improve care.
NOTE:In order to be considered for appointment or promotion above Nurse Level 1, outcomes must be documented. Meeting the Practice dimension involves incorporating and implementing the requirements of the other qualification standards, including:
(a) Leading and organizing delivery of care to assure continuity of care and peer accountability for practice, including access to care and discharge planning.
(b) Using advanced clinical knowledge/judgment to promote staff involvement in planning, decision-making and evaluating outcomes.
(c) Functioning as an expert in clinical practice and/or in areas related to the assigned roles and responsibilities.
(d) Systematically evaluating current practice, and formulating outcomes for groups of patients and/or organizational processes within area of expertise.
(e) Guiding, developing and supporting staff from a leadership perspective.
(f) Using professional standards of care, scientific evidence and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities.
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.
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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
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
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.
This form will need to be completed if selected.
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
VA Form 10-2850a
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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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.