Registered Nurse Care Coordinator-Infectious Diseases
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Internal Number: 712182900
Located at the Linwood Campus, the RN Care Coordinator is responsible for collaborating with services internal and external to the VA to facilitate transition of care. The RN Care Coordinator provides patient and family health education based on the patient's goals. The RN Care Coordinator demonstrates leadership by serving as an advocate for patients, team player to colleagues, the team's professional growth, development and practice. 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: The RN Care Coordinator uses the nursing process and evidence-based practice to collaborate with the PACT team members(Patient, MSCC Provider, Medical Support Assistant (MSA), and LPN) and larger Team (family/caregiver, internal and community-based services involved in providing care to the patient) in developing the patient-driven holistic care plans. The RN Care Coordinator is a member of the PACT team. He/She is responsible for collaborating with services internal and external to the VA to facilitate transition of care that effectively meet the patients' needs. This includes but is not limited to chart reviews, telephone calls to patients for pre-visit preparation or post visit follow up, participation in team huddles, collaborative management of high risk patients, and making follow up telephone calls to patients discharged from the hospital. The RN Care Coordinator provides patient and family health education with a focus on self-management, prevention, and wellness, based on the patient's goals. The RN Care Coordinator demonstrates leadership by serving as an advocate for patients, team player to colleagues as she/he continues to enhance his/her own and the team's professional growth, development and practice. 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: 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, pushing and reaching over head. Transferring patients and objects may be required. 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 occasionally 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements; such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Incumbent may be exposed, on a short term basis to fumes, dust and other debris. This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital and is an essential function of the position. Some positions require rotation of tours or indefinite work on non-administrative tours as established by the immediate supervisor. - Lifting 50 pounds - Repetitive motions, i.e. typing - Perform CPR - Ability to read; reading 70% of the time on computers ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Infectious Disease Section provides medical care for patients with a variety of Infectious Diseases, immunocompromised conditions, or at high risk for the infectious process. The scope of care provided includes but is not limited to: - Coordination of care with Primary Providers in the facility and in the community in the prevention and management of Infectious diseases - Anticipates, identifies and helps patients to overcome barriers within the VA healthcare systems. - Clinical monitoring of patients on long-term antibiotics (outpatient, Home Care patients, Nursing Home, Extended Care, etc.) - Maintains awareness of patient's plan of care and communicates as necessary issues that arise, to prevent unnecessary delays in treatment, including missed appointments. - Education for complex infectious conditions regarding treatment, diagnosis, and management - Coordination of the continuum of care within the VA System and in the Community - Coordination and communication with regulatory agencies, local, state, and federal - Pre-Transplant evaluation in coordination with VA providers and other facilities - Implementation and follow up of the plan of care for patients with complex infectious diseases for inpatient and outpatient populations 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 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Compressed/Flexible: No Telework: Adhoc Telework only as needed Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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