The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO is currently accepting applications for a full-time permanent Registered Nurse/Nursing Officer of the Day (NOD), night shift for our Urgent Care Department. Our facility is a Level-3 Complexity medical center comprised of a 38-bed CLC and 10 acute medicine beds. 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: Triage, Emergency Room and/or Urgent Care experience; Management Experience 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, and pushing a weight of 35 pounds in accordance with the Safe Patient Handling Program Directive 2010-032. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. 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. ["PLEASE NOTE: This RN position requires Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). If selected, applicant will provide proof of current certification prior to employment. Only BLS certification which included Automated External Defibrillator (AED) obtained from the American Heart Association (AHA) will be accepted. Only ACLS certification obtained from the American Heart Association (AHA) will be accepted. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The NOD is responsible for organizing, directing, and evaluating the patient care delivery system within the inpatient setting during non-administrative hours. The NOD is responsible for clinical and administrative decision-making in regards to all inpatient care and employees assigned to Patient Care Service during non-administrative hours. In addition, the NOD executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to the management of patient care for adult and geriatric patients, in accordance with the medical center, and VA standards of care. The NOD has continuing responsibility for all the following functions: (1) planning work to be accomplished by subordinates and setting priorities; (2) assigning work based on priorities, selective consideration of difficulty and the requirements of the assignments, and the capabilities of subordinates as necessary; (3) giving advice/ instruction to staff on work and practice matters; (5) hearing and resolving complaints of staff and referring more serious complaints not resolved to higher level supervisors. The NOD is responsible for validating the nursing hours per patient day and working with other Nurse Managers and NODs to identify and share resources. The NOD will oversee call-ins on the off tours and make appropriate assignments to fill need. The NOD will be qualified to work in all areas of the facility in the event of a shortage that cannot be filled and/or the event of an influx of patients or any other circumstance requiring extra nursing staff/help. The NOD responds to emergency situations as well as participates in staff development, including educational presentations and in-services, and informal teaching and mentoring. The NOD will also contribute to the development of policies, procedures and/or clinical guidelines. 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: 6:00 am - 6:30 pm - weekends, nights, and holidays. Six (6) 12 hour shifts and one (1) 8 hour shift bi-weekly. Telework: Not 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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