U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1769733

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? 

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.  

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Duties

The incumbent will provide professional nursing care to a broad range of medical/surgical as well as acute rehabilitation veteran patients who may also have mental health diagnoses (11CD). The incumbent will utilize the nursing process and collaborate with health care team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes. Duties include overseeing patient care which includes direct care, delegating certain aspects of care to ancillary staff, assessing, planning and evaluating response to therapy as well as documenting those assessments and evaluations. Our facility is seeking individuals who possess excellent organizational/time management skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program that stresses integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence, as well as  the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team.

TOUR OF DUTY: 12 hour Night shift: 7:30 pm – 8:00 am. Some rotations required.

NOTE: Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No


Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

Qualifications

Citizen of the United States.  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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 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.  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. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Applicant’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 a 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. 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.  Education/Experience Requirements: 

  • Nurse I Level I – An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
  • Nurse I Level II – An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
  • Nurse I Level III – An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master’s degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.
  • Nurse II – A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master’s degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.   
  • BLS and ACLS certifications. 

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS: 1 year of medical/surgical experience. Experience in acute rehabilitation nursing desired.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2

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)

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.htmlAll 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 the International Consultants of Delaware (ICD) Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. 

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.  

·         Enter the ICD web page by selecting link below or copy and paste into the web browser

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

Monday through Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, U.S. Eastern Time.

Veterans’ Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

Security Clearance

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