This position will be located in Surgery Service. 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: Preferred two years experience in community care, referral coordination initiative, and/or case management. BSN preferred 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. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting 45 pounds and over; Heavy carrying 45 pounds and over Straight pulling (1-2 hrs); Pushing (1-2 hrs) Reaching above shoulder (1-2 hrs); Kneeling; Repeated bending (1-2 hrs) Walking (2-4 hrs); Standing (2-6 hrs) Use of fingers; Use of both hands Near vision correctable; Far vision correctable Depth perception; Hearing (aide permitted) Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously Work closely with others, as well as, protracted or irregular hours of work ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Referral Coordination Initiative RN Duties include: Review all clinical and procedure consults and use their medical knowledge and experience to review consults for urgency, clinical appropriateness, medical record preparation, determining appropriate modalities for care (face to face, telehealth, e-consult, etc.) Demonstrate consistent clinical competence in providing patient care. Demonstrates evidence of critical thinking skills in identifying, analyzing, and resolving patient care issues. Provide clinical triage of consults which includes the review of the consult and medical record to gather clinical information to determine the most appropriate care options for the Veteran, and to ensure all medical pre-work has been completed (such as labs, imaging studies, etc.) Collaborate with specialty care provider for guidance on complex patients to promote positive patient outcomes The nurse will closely manage Surgery patients expediting care across the continuum for those patient groups where timeliness of services is critical for positive outcomes. Follow the clinical triage tool provided to them by the specialists to determine appropriate clinical and scheduling guidelines Act as a liaison between Surgery service specialties, the Veteran, and the PCP. Assists with coordination of services, problem-solving with patients and supportive staff as necessary. Provides effective communication and collaboration with members of the interdisciplinary team, the Veteran and the Veteran's support system leading toward the Veteran receiving timely and appropriate care and care options Act as a resource for Surgery service Be able to navigate the community care referral process Expert knowledge of community care guidelines including Mission Act and any other VA directive for community care Expert knowledge of services offered by surgery specialties Answer 25-45 consults referrals per day Expert computer and telephone skills Other duties as assigned to ensure all Surgery specialty consults are answered timely and correctly 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 7:30am-4:00pm, may vary as based on the needs of the Service. Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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