RN-Clinical Nurse Specialist (Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders)

Palo Alto, CA
Sep 07, 2017
Sep 27, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Rotate other shift as required for patient needs)

Functional Statement Title#: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)-Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders (SCI/D)

The SCI/D Service Inpatient Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is a highly skilled professional who is a member of the SCI interdisciplinary team and works collaboratively with SCI staff as well as other specialty services to ensure comprehensive, integrated, and coordinated health care for an average of 340 SCI inpatients per year. The CNS plans, organizes, and implements patient care on the inpatient unit in coordination with the entire SCI interdisciplinary team and the VAPAHCS multidisciplinary staff. The CNS utilizes knowledge of patient age, gender, culture, and learning abilities to plan individualized patient care. The CNS ensures continuity of care through follow-up of SCI patients when they are transferred off the SCI/D Service.

The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Initiates and coordinate treatment plans for patients who are admitted to the SCI/D Service and coordinates discharge plans with the SCI interdisciplinary team, patient and family.
  • Develops policies and overseas activities for the inpatient SCI/D Service.
  • Creates collaborative approaches to enhance the quality of patient care and productivity of providers.
  • Facilitates patient, family and care provider education to identify needs, provide educational materials, and evaluate learning.
  • Maintains current knowledge of research pertinent to SCI/D and Rehabilitation; participated in research activities when appropriate.


*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 agency, and accredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) which changed to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN; http://www.acenursing.org ) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE; http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ ) at the time the program was completed; 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. 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.

*Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration (i.e., licensure) as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or the District of Columbia. (Note: Provide your RN registered license number on your application.)

In addition to the basic requirements, 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard, dated March 17, 2009, http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

Business Necessity:

*One (1) year of full-time experience as a licensed professional nurse.

*A Clinical Nurse Specialist must possess a Master's Degree from an academic program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE and maintain full and current certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialists from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. Note: The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.

Preferred Criteria:

*Current BLS provider card issued by American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN).

*Possess one (1) years of successful full-time RN practice experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders/Rehabilitation inpatient setting.

*Possess the ability to think critically, exercise flexibility and work collaboratively with interdisciplinary, core and expanded teams.

*Possess experience in program development with expertise in Quality Improvement processes.

*Current Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN).

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.

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.


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: Federal departments and agencies are required to make reasonable accommodation for the physical or mental limitations of an applicant or employee who is a qualified person with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the department or agency.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting documents based on applicability:

  • Resume (Required for ALL applicants)
  • DD-214 (If applying as a Veteran)
  • Other Veterans Documents (If applicable - e.g. VBA Letter)
  • SF-15 (If Veteran claiming 10 point preference)
  • Non-Award SF-50 (Required for VA, other Federal Employees, and Reinstatement eligibles)
  • In addition to the above documents, applicants may also submit the following:

    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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

    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 DD214(s) 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 visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

    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 2006341.

    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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