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: BLS provider card issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network One year of RN 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 heavy lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8 hours - intermittently; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental& muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted). 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. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards 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: Full-time, 7:30am - 4:00pm or 11:30pm - 8:00am, Monday - Friday (Note: Schedule may vary dependent on needs of unit) Telework: Not authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Susan.Bringel@va.gov, EDRP Coordinator, for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required The Community Living Center (CLC) Registered Nurse (RN) is responsible for practicing within licensed scope of practice, regulatory and organizational standards, and departmental scope of service. The position requires the knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide competent resident centered care and to utilize resources efficiently. The RN is self-directed in managing complex resident situations, utilizes the nursing process in assessing, planning implementing, documenting and evaluating residents individualized care. The RN collaborates with physicians and other health care providers and utilizes the VA Core Values of Integrity, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence (I CARE) with all interactions creating a Veteran centric care environment. The major duties include, but are not limited to: Coordinates and provides resident care in a culturally and ethnically sensitive manner. Performs nursing assessment using the nursing process and evaluates effectiveness of medications and/or treatment regimens. Demonstrates knowledge of and utilizes MDS process including Care Plan, updates and maintains 802, timely documentation and various MDS documentation system reports. Demonstrates knowledge of residents and computer skills to effectively navigate residents' computerized record daily and during unannounced surveys. Utilizes Truth Point data to improve resident outcome on the neighborhood by reviewing resident satisfaction results in the unit base council (UBC). Promotes resident self-determination utilizing the least restrictive methods possible to deliver resident-center, ed care. Supports and values the autonomy, dignity, and rights of residents. Accurately documents change in condition and monthly summaries. Conducts assessments per nursing service protocol such as: Braden Scale, Weekly Skin Assessment, Pain Assessment and Reassessment, Admission/Annual Assessment, and Morse Scale to name a few. Initiates resident care plan on admission, and updates care plans with each change in condition. Monitors completeness and accuracy of medical record entries. Manages worktime effectively, efficiently, safely and productively. Educates residents and families how to achieve/maintain wellness, meet continuing care needs and manage end stage of illness. Collects, analyzes, and interprets data in a systematic, ongoing manner, utilizing the MDS assessment and Interdisciplinary team input. Utilizes available resources (prosthetics and other services) to improve resident care and enhance quality of life. Demonstrates strong team leadership and critical thinking skills to promote quality resident care standards. Serves on and participates in Extended Care Committees and hospital wide Nursing Committees such as: (Medication Safety, Nursing Board, Fall Champion, Skin Champion, Safety Coordinator, Restorative Care, etc.). Implements facility fall prevention guidelines. Utilizes preventive measures to maintain resident's skin integrity. Supports and participates in Quality Improvement activities such as: Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries (HAPI), Falls, Minimum Data Set (MDS) - Quality Indicators, Consistent Assignment, Pain Management, Hand Washing, Catheter Acquired Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), and Artifacts of Culture Change related to home environment."]
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.