RN (PCU)

US Department of Veterans Affairs - Miami, FL3.9

Full-time
Duties
Summary
The Progressive Care Unit (PCU) Nurse provides progressive care for patient populations that include, but are not limited to: cardiovascular disease, pulmonary, renal, endocrine, and/or GI conditions in a 12 bed PCU. The selected applicant will also rotate to Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) as needed.

Responsibilities
The RN is accountable for providing competent care to assigned patients using the nursing process, and demonstrates ability to direct others who provide care. Under the supervision of the Critical Care Nurse Manager, the incumbent delivers patient care to critically ill patients. Provides the highest quality of nursing care possible, in accordance with policies, procedures, and standards of care established for the ICU. Based on education, experience and competency, the RN may be assigned responsibilities as preceptor, or charge nurse. Collaborates with an interdisciplinary team to continuously improve productivity and efficiency. Provides continuous observation and assessment of critically-ill patients using physical examination, verbal and written communication from patients, family and other healthcare team members as well as critical care monitoring devices.
This section provides critical nursing care in the Progressive Care Unit at the Miami VAMC to include: Using the nursing process to guide patient assessment and care, documentation and medication administration. Under the supervision of the Critical Care Nurse Manager, the incumbent delivers the highest quality patient care to a wide variety of critically ill patients in accordance with policies, procedures, and professional standards of care. The incumbent collaborates with an interdisciplinary team to continuously improve quality, productivity and efficiency holistic care . The incumbent provides continuous of care , by direct observation applying critical thinking and EBP decision making in the care of the patient . Will assess critically-ill patients applying physical examination, technical , physiologic monitoring, and interpretation ,Cardiovascular electrocardiogram and also will care for pre- and post-operative patients. Demonstrates excellent customer services skill and team player, with good verbal and written communication abilities. Compassionate, caring for patients, family and other healthcare team members.

WORK SCHEDULE: INCUMBENT MAY BE REQUIRED TO FLOAT TO THE MICU and SICU as well as other clinical areas of the medical center.

NOTE: Primarily 12 hour day tour of duty ( 1930-0800), however flexibility to work other tours to meet unit/program objectives is required.
Rotating 12 hour shifts: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm; 7:30am- 4:00pm; 3:30-12; 7:30 pm - 8:00 am; 11:30pm- 0800am
Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
3

Job family (Series)
0610 Nurse

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
Qualifications
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/25/2019.

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.
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.
BLS and ACLS

Preferred Experience:
1) Medical/ surgical intensive care experience.
2) A minimum of 2-3 years recent critical care experience. Critical Care courses certificate.
3) Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective interpersonal relationships.
4) The ability to be effective and efficient in stressful situations.
5) BSN highly preferred

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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree.
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:
Physical requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13"to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted)
Education
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 .

PROCESS OF VALIDATION FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: The Nurse Professional Standards Board requires applicants with foreign education to obtain ICD credentials to determine pay. See additional information below in how to obtain credentials.
The International Consultants of Delaware (ICD) to obtain the credentials evaluation report for your education.
http://www.icdeval.com/

Select "FOR PROFESSIONALS" under evaluation services
Select "U.S. DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS RN CREDENTIALS EVALUATION" under evaluation services
Follow the instructions on the web page in regards to the process if you have any questions their contact information and operation hours are below:icd@icdeval.com
+1 (215) 243-5858
Additional information
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: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and utilized 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 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
Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

10-2850-A
Resume

VA Form 10-2850 can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search .

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.

10-2850-A
Resume

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
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.

Benefits

Benefits
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