Registered Nurse - Discharge Planner

Louisville, KY
Aug 12, 2017
Aug 24, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Discharge Planner is a staff nurse responsible for identifying and facilitating options and services for meeting patients' health needs while decreasing fragmentation and duplication of care and enhancing quality, cost-effective clinical outcomes. He/she coordinates/manages discharge planning processes at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center. The Discharge Planner Nurse interprets the philosophy and goals of the organization to others in the work setting; functions within established guidelines; and demonstrates the ability to work effectively and develop collaborative relationships with clients, their caregivers and other professional and supportive personnel within the VA system, affiliated agencies, and/or community entities. The incumbent provides leadership in planning for timely hospital discharges. The incumbent develops rapport with appropriate clinicians regarding meeting discharge criteria to successfully transition the patient through the continuum of care. The incumbent executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex patient care. The position requires the application of problem solving skills concerning patients and patient care programs. These programs include referrals for primary care, inter-facility transfers, Inter-facility consults and referral case management.


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodiesat the time the program was completed by the applicant: The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)(Waiver may be available). 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. 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).
  • 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.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing preferred.
  • Five (5) years Hospital Case Management experience preferred.
  • CCMpreferred.
  • Five years (5) successful increasingly complex RN nursing practice experience preferred.
  • Five (5) years Hospital experience in discharge planning preferred.
  • Advance Cardiac Life Savings (ACLS) preferred

Education/Experience Requirements:

- Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.

- Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.

- Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.

- Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.

- Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 4 hours); Pushing (up to 4 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 7-8 hours); Standing (up to 7-8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 7-8 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Far vision correctable to 20/20 in one eye and to 20/40 in the other; Specific visual requirement to be able to read typed characters; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing (aid permitted); emotional and mental stability required.

Veterans Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD-214 and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.) or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Required documents:

  • Résumé or CV; andor VA-Form 10-2850c -Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire;
  • DD-214 Member 4 Copy, or equivalent showing dates of service and character of discharge, if claiming veterans preference

Recommended but not requiredfor consideration

  • Copy of your transcripts;
  • Three professional references. The reference forms must be filled out completely by one RN supervisor and two RN Co-Workers. The forms must be completed at the time your application package is submitted
  • Copies of Licensures and/or Certifications (e.g., RN, LPN, Certs: ACLS, BLS, CCM, etc.). - BLS/ACLS MUST be from the American Heart Association.
  • Other documents - use this checklist make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at ).

  • If currently employed in the VA system, include most recent SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action that is not an award. (required)

Failure to submit the required documents will result in a determination of ineligible. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Optional Documentation: you may submit (this documentation is not required to process your application package; however if selected will be required at a later date)

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