The registered nurse (RN) on the inpatient acute care unit functions as an integral member of the Interdisciplinary Medical/Surgical/Telemetry Team to provide healthcare which maximizes the quality of life for Veterans, Department of Defense (DOD) beneficiaries (active duty and retired), and their family members. The RN role includes initial and ongoing, physical and psychosocial assessment/reassessment to determine the patient's nursing care needs.
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.
The use of intermittent RN's will provide a cost-effective method to meet short, medium and long term staffing challenges while building a core group of nurses who are proficient, well-trained and oriented to the Federal Health Care Center (FHCC). The RN's will provide care to the Primary Care/PACT Department. Intermittent RN staff will also provide a ready resource to offset future staffing requirements secondary to foreseeable attrition as established in the Workforce Development Plan. If selected, selectee must agree to sign the RN, Float Pool Agreement.
The agreement can be viewed here: http://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/careers/RNFloatPoolAgreementFeb2015.pdf
Appointment can be extended based on performance.
Work Schedule: Available with rotation to all shifts based on need of unit: Days 0715-1545, PM 1530-2400, Nights 2315-745 with coverage on holidays and weekends.
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
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/18/2019.
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.
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 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 and approximately 2-3 year's 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: moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; pushing (1 hour/day); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2-5 hours/day); standing (2-6 hours/day); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; near vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); and prolonged siting up to 4 hours. Administrative duties include: computer key board typing, computer screen viewing, answering/placing telephone calls, and note taking. Exposure to the following environment factors can be expected: working closely with others and protracted or irregular hours of work (may be required to rotate to alternate shift including night tours of duty). A health examination, as required by the Occupational Health Clinic policy, must be successfully completed prior to this assignment and periodically thereafter. There will be intermittent exposure to blood and body fluids.
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
Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Transcripts: Copies of your educational transcripts required. Unofficial transcripts OK. Do not submit copies of your diplomas, as diplomas are not acceptable in lieu of transcripts.
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
Disability Letter (Schedule A)
Disability Letter (VA)
VA Form 10-2850a Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists
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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