Registered Nurse (RN) - Sports Center Rehabilitation Community Living Center (402B)

Tomah, WI
Aug 29, 2017
Sep 27, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Sports Center--402B is a neighborhood in the Community Living Center (long term care) that has 27 beds to provide medical care to Veterans needing rehabilitation or skilled care. Length of stay is usually less than 90 days. The population served includes Veterans ranging in age from 25 to the frail elderly with a variety of diagnoses. COPD and CHF exacerbation, status post orthopedic surgery, status post cardiac procedure, amputations, and stroke are some of the more common admitting diagnoses. Veterans are frequently admitted with complex wounds. Registered nurses will perform many technical skills, such as medication administration (including through IVs and peripherally inserted central catheters, PICCs), port-o-cath care, wound vacuum management, a wide variety of wound dressings and treatments, trach care, tube feedings (to include PEG and NG tubes), management and insertion of indwelling urinary catheters, nephrostomy tube care, and ostomy care.

Theregistered nurse on Sports Center--402B delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned residents while continuing to develop technical competencies.The nurse demonstrates proficiency in practice based on conscious, deliberate planning. The nurse demonstrates a higher level of integration of biopsychosocial concepts, cognitive skills and technically competent practice in providing care to residents with basic and complex needs. The nurse executes position responsibilities that demonstrate fundamental knowledge based care to assigned resident while developing the expanding technical competencies and building critical thinking skills required for specific practice setting. The Sports Center registered nurse demonstrates (a) participation in the delivery of care to assure continuity of care, including access to care and discharge planning; (b) use of clinical knowledge/judgment in planning, decision-making and evaluation outcome; (c) Systematic evaluation of his/her current practice and formulation of outcomes; and, (d) use of professional standards of care, scientific evidence and practice to guide the incumbent's practice.The Sports Center-Rehabilitation nurse in clinical practice is responsible to the Nurse Manager of the area. The chain of command continues up to the Associate Chief Nurse of the area and then the Associate Director of Patient Care Services.

Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse

Work Schedule: Multiple full time positions available for all shifts. Please indicate on your application material the shift(s) you are applying for.



* U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

* 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.

* The completion of course work 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.

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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.

Preferred Experience:

- 2-3 years of medical/surgical experience,

- ACLS certification,

- Rehabilitation Nursing Certification (CRRN),

- Effective oral and written communication skills,

- Knowledge of multiple computer programs.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education/Experience Requirements:

Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.The criteria are as follows:

  • Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;
  • Professional Development: performance, education/career development;
  • Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;
  • Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.

Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting. A financial disclosure is not required.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(VA Form 10-2850a - See Link Below)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required) Available at the VA Forms website:

Please use this checklist to 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, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1981689.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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