U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1741199

***This position is open and continuous. Applicants will be referred after the position has been open for 10 days, and thereafter as needed***

This is an open and continuous announcement and will remain opened until filled. We will accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis and qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official as needed beginning on 07/11/2016. Unless this office is notified otherwise, applications will remain on file and considered for open positions until December 31, 2016, However, this vacancy announcement may be closed at an earlier date if all vacant positions are filled before 12/31/2016. 

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related position in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Applicant’s education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

Duties

***This position is open and continuous. Applicants will be referred after the position has been open for 10 days, and thereafter as needed***

The 3SE Nurse is a professional Registered Nurse who provides high-quality, evidence-based care for Veteran patients who are admitted to the inpatient setting for pre and post-operative surgical care, acute medical-surgical problems, and diagnostic treatments that cannot be facilitated in the outpatient setting.  They recognize early signs and symptoms of post–operative complications and perform assessment and reassessment of the medical-surgical patient and treat pain appropriately.  Patient care is tailored to the type of surgical procedure(s) performed as well as focusing on the Veteran’s recovery process.  The 3SE RN maintains the integrity of invasive lines, devices, and skin, adhering to all infection control standards.  They must be able to promote a safe environment for all patients including those with altered sensorium due to medication or an acute or chronic illness.  Nurses are to document using appropriate forms, follow protocols, SOP’s and guidelines, adhere to policies and evaluate resources for each shift.  The 3SE RN effectively implements patient activities towards health promotion and disease prevention, assisting the Veteran in attainment of optimal levels of function through direct care, rehabilitation, as well as provision of supportive measures for the dying patient and their significant others. 

Based on education/experience, the RN may be assigned responsibility as a preceptor to new staff/trainees or Charge Nurse.

  ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

      ·         Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide age appropriate care relative to the patients served on the 3SE surgical unit.

      ·         Interprets data reflective of the patient’s (and/or family’s) physical, psychosocial, emotional, spiritual, cultural, and educational needs.

      ·         Demonstrates skill in verbal and written communication.

      ·         Demonstrates ability to work effectively with all members of the health care team.

WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time Tour of Duty – Monday through Sunday, 12 hours shifts, rotational weekends and holidays, tour may change based on the needs of the organization. 80 hours per pay period required with an 8 hour shift.

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No


Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a security background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • This position requires candidates to be proficient in English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Qualifications

·         U.S. Citizenship.

·         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).

·         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 school of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.

·         The completion of course work equivalent to a nursing degree in 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)

·         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.

 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 and ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; ORa 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 ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; ORa BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master’s degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with 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 years of nursing practice/experience; ORa 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 years of nursing practice/experience; ORa Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience.

Reference:VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard.

Preferred Experience:

-1 Year of medical-surgical experience.

-BSN

-BLS

-ACLS

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National 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.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 pounds); Straight Pulling; Pushing; Reaching above Shoulder; Walking; Standing; Repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″ to Jaeger 1 to 4; Hearing aid (permitted); Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Depth perception; Both eyes required; Both legs required; Use of fingers and both hands required.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Your application, resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omission may affect consideration of 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. Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is on 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. The criteria are as follows:

·        Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;

·        Professional Development: performance, education/career development;

·        Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;

·        Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research

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 much send a Certification of Foreign Equivalency from International Consultants of Delaware (ICD) with your transcript in order to receive credit for the education.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used for Federal employment. You can verify your education at the following website:  http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.   All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***

Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD 214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference” with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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