This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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: 5 years of recent Critical Care/ OR Registered Nurse Experience 1-3 years of supervisory experience Preferred Certification: Certification as a Peri Operative Nurse (CNOR) 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over, pulling hand over hand, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, both legs required, and both eyes required. The following environmental factors may be encountered: working outside and inside; excessive heat; excessive cold; excessive humidity; dust; slippery or uneven walking surfaces; working with hands in water; working closely with others; working alone; driving a vehicle in all types of weather conditions to a patient's home in order to provide care; and navigating stairs in and out of buildings. Environmental Factors: Outside and inside, excessive heat, excessive cold, excessive humidity, excessive dampness or chilling, dry atmospheric conditions, and working closely with others. The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. 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 patients and objects may be required up to 50 pounds. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. In addition, the incumbent must be emotionally stable and adjust to different types of personalities, demonstrating cheerfulness, compassion, courtesy, and concern. He/she must be quick and dependable in taking emergency action as directed and use initiative in preventing accidents. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards This position completes a range of duties that include, but are not limited to: The Operating Room Nurse Manager is responsible for staffing, scheduling and employee relations. RN is responsible for competency and education of staff, development and evaluation of clinical programs. RN will work directly with the interdisciplinary team, VHSO Education Service, Medical Center Leadership, and other departments within the medical center. Excellent organizational and customer service skills are required in addition to the following: Directs practice and adheres to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice. Demonstrates leadership, expertise, experience, and management of complex patient care in assignment area. Demonstrates leadership in providing and improving the provision of nursing care. Manages Nursing personnel and resources for unit/units assigned. Manages nursing care delivery and staff development. Assures compliance within Standards of Care, Joint Commission, and other regulatory bodies in the area's supervised. Responsible to the Associate Chief Nurse or their designee. Utilizes clinical knowledge to guide and direct patient care focused on clinical excellence, cost effectiveness and quality. Demonstrates ability to function effectively in the Nurse Manager role requiring application of problem-solving skills at the unit level, and use of team approaches to identify, analyze, and resolve problems. Takes a leadership role in utilizing problem-solving methodologies to resolve system and/or process problems that impact patient care or staff performance at the unit level. Demonstrates effective leadership in identifying programs or staff performance that create opportunities for improvement. Collaboratively works with the staff and support services to evaluate staff performance and take appropriate action as needed. Serves as a consultant and role model in providing clinical care and assures needed staff and supplies are present. Promotes effective communication among health care team members, including the patient, family, and significant others. Participates in frequent team meetings. Integrates recommendations of the multidisciplinary team members into a single plan of care. Responsible for: employee proficiencies/competencies, staff meetings, Omnicell report investigations, VATAS Time and Attendance approvals, staff education, employee counseling, tracers, audits, schedules, staffing methodology reports, and attending management meetings/participate in committees per assignment. Maintains professional knowledge and skills based on currently published or communicated information though reading, workshop, etc. Assesses educational needs to implement program or service practice changes, develops, and implements and education plan to meet needs for self or other staff in program/service. Actively evaluates practice for a program or service, based on established professional, community or regulatory standards (i.e., JC) and recommending/implementing changes to meet those standards. Responsible for staff compliance with Service & Medical Center goals and Network performance standards. Ensures all staff completed annual mandatory review and facilitates unit-in-service education programs. Responsible for individualized orientation and staff development based on staff's abilities and required competencies. Collaborates with other disciplines and caregivers and uses group processes for decision making in interdisciplinary team, consistently demonstrating skilled communication techniques. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 0700-1530, and as patient care dictates and with 24-hour responsibility. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Terrell Gorham, Terrell.Gorham@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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