The RN is responsible for patients who belong in rehabilitation, hospice and/or Protective Care. The RN will (but not limited to):
Dementia and whose disease has progressed to the stage where they lack the cognitive ability to make relevant decisions, who are at risk of harm to self or others, who are a high fall risk, and who are at risk for wandering. These Veterans require close monitoring and/or specialized care not available on other care units such as behavior modification, redirection, distraction, reframing, and cueing in an environment that does not offer easy egress.
Long term care provided includes supportive nursing care and other ancillary services designed to maintain well-being and manage changes in Veteran's status as disease processes progress and aging occurs
Hospice care provides care and support for Veterans with terminal illness (life expectancy of
Palliative care provides care to Veterans who may have a variety of diagnoses such as cancer, end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, liver failure, etc.
Rehabilitation/ Skilled Nursing provides care for Veterans with rehabilitative potential post-surgical procedures or medical deficits that need skilled nursing care and/or ancillary services. Examples of skilled nursing needs include but not limited to complex wound dressings, rehabilitation, tube feedings, or intravenous medication administration.
Respite care provides Veteran's nursing care for a short term period to allow for resident's normal caretakers can take a break (respite) from the 24/7 routine of caring for a patient with a long-term illness or disability.
Geriatric Evaluation and Management is designed for evaluation, management and referral of health care needs that are complex and cannot be met on an outpatient basis (i.e. functional decline, unexplained reversed sleep pattern, acute changes in behavior or physical functioning).
Work Schedule: Varies (24/7 unit coverage)
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/12/2019.
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.
Preferred Experience: Minimum of one year experience as a Registered Nurse.
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: 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, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring objects up to 35 pounds may be required. The Registered Nurse may be exposed to infected patients/residents and contaminated materials, hazardous medications, and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The Registered Nurse may occasionally be exposed in person or virtually (telephonic or electronic messaging) to patients/residents who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The Registered Nurse must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, and able to shift priorities based on Veteran needs.
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.