The Patient Access Nurse Coordinator is responsible for effective coordination, monitoring, and facilitation of services necessary to meet the acutely hospitalized Veterans' medical and/or health needs in the community. The coordinator also manages and facilitates appropriate transfers into VAPSHCS. 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: Bachelor of Science in Nursing At least 3 year successful Acute Care (Inpatient) Case Management and/or Care Coordination experience Discharge Planning 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. 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 lbs. and over), straight pulling (6 hrs.), pushing (2 hrs.), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking (6 hrs.), standing (2 hrs.), repeated bending (6 hrs.), ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), Visual Acuity 20/30 corrected. Environmental Factors: Working with hands in water, Working closely with others. ["The Patient Access Coordinator assists in care coordination for VA services, referrals and consults based on Veterans' eligibility status and services offered at VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS). The coordinator must also manage and facilitate transfers into VAPSHCS. Nurse Coordinators job duties, tasks, and responsibilities include (but are not limited to), the following: Acts as a resource for Veterans, families, and both community and VA partners. Meets the needs of customers while supporting VA missions including ICARE values. Communicates and treats customers, internal and external, in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Completes care coordination for patients hospitalized in the community. Coordinate's patient transfers and clinical consults/referral services for inpatient and specialty care, between VA and Non-VA facilities. Evaluates patient's stability, required level of care, and other critical needs when considering transfer to VAPSHCS from the community Provides alerts and notifications for other clinical and social work patient care team members as needed to complete their plan of care and assist in follow up care. Provides timely and appropriate discharge planning coordination with community partners and VA clinicians. Works daily with community care managers, social workers, providers, and nurses to ensure Veterans have an appropriate and safe plan of care, including VA services when applicable and appropriate. RN will also train and maintain competency for the role of the VISN Integrated Referral Service (VIRS) and Traveling Veteran Program Coordinator. The nurse is responsible for the following Coordinates care for Veterans traveling to and/or from other VA's who require services from VAPSHCS Provides guidance to the VAPSHCS providers regarding the transfer and referral process, facilitating the delivery of quality care, as directed by local, VISN, and national regulations and policies. Manages Inter-facility consults, lodging and travel requests, and Traveling Veteran self-referrals timely and accurately. Collaborates with providers and other clinicians and implements the patient plan of care related to patient transfers and clinical/referral requests. The coordinator maintains tracking tools. Collects, analyzes, and reports data and trends to assure safe, effective, and appropriate patient care delivery. Provides non-supervisory level oversight over the TVC and VIRS programs. Educates Veterans, their families, and staff regarding the processes and POC information for access to care through both programs. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm 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 EDRP: Not Approved Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 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."]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - 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 whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.