RN - Staff Development Specialist
VA North Texas Health Care System currently hasa Staff Development Specialist position for the Nursing Education Department. The Specialist reports directly to the Chief for Nursing Education:
- BSN with a Master's and/or Doctorate degree in Nursing preferred.
- Must be an American Heart Association certified BLS, instructor status preferred. ACLS required.
- One to three years of experience with direct patient and/or staff education.
-A minimum of 3-5 years of recent clinical experience in direct patient care; including a minimum of 1-2 years in Nursing Education preferred.
a.This position's primary responsibilities would be to support Medical Surgical areas and or other related units; supports the Nursing unit based and organizational education efforts, facilitation of unit and organizational competencies and advances critical thinking.
b.Responsible for determining staff education specific needs based on needs assessment.
c.Possess ability to work as a team member and contribute to the work groups, both patient education and staff development specialists.
d.Responsible for creating, developing, implementing and evaluating nursingeducation programs to include, but not limited to orientation, providing education as needed based on the organizational needs.
e.Responsible for facilitating and coordinating education working with all levels of staff and/or vendors as the situation requires.
f.Work in a collaborative fashion with key stakeholders to include Nurse Managers, Assistant Nurse Managers, staff and other SDS's.
g.Develops curricula, instructional materials, tests and evaluation tools. Makes changes to the curricula based on feedback and current clinical and/or educational evidence.
h.Promotes evidence-based educational methods and technologies that support development of nursing expertise.
i.Assists with teaching and coordination of New Employee Orientation for Nursing.
j.Assures that staff meets required competencies, both annual and unit based for area of practice.
k.Keeps current on best practice standards of nursing practice and education. Identifies policies, standards and practices not in compliance with current standards and communicates needed revisions through the nursing leadership and governance structures.
l. Possesses strong inter-personal and communication skills in written and spoken English.
m.Ability to work in a self-directed manner, collaborating and coordinating with health care professionals.
n.Willingness to travel to outlying Community Based Outpatient clinics to provide education.
o.Demonstrates flexibility in assignments and coordinates and acts as a Nurse Planner for Continuing Nursing Education (CNE).
Work Schedule: Days (7:30 am to 4:00 pm), with rotation as necessary for training
Duty Location: Primary CampusDallas with frequent travel to sister campuses for training
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is not authorized for this position.BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
- 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 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.
- 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: A minimum of threeto five years of recent clinical experience in direct patient care; including a minimum of two years in Nursing Education preferred. American Heart Association certified BLS, instructor status preferred.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.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or rÃ©sumÃ©. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Pushing and pulling (up to 4 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Kneeling (up to 5 hours); Repeated bending (up to 2 hours); 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; Hearing (aid permitted) and Emotional and Mental Stability.
***You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:***
2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf) (required).
3. Occupational Questionnaire (only required if unable to apply on line)
4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
5. Copy of your nursing license which shows current expiration date (required).
6. If a current Federal employee, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
7. If claiming veteran's preference you must include the following documents:
a. All copies of your DD Forms 214, member 2 or 4 copy that shows your character of discharge
(required if claiming).
b. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, should also complete and submit a signed SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) required if claiming.
c. A copy of your disability rating letter (required if claiming).
***Current VANTHCS employees must submit the following documents***
1. Resume (required)
2. Copy of unofficial college transcripts (required)
3. Copy of nursing license showing current expiration date (required)
4. Copy of your latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) required
5. Any other supporting documentation if desired
6. Occupational Questionnaire (only required if unable to apply on line)
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1.To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1789660.
2.Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on September 13,2016 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
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.
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 2006624.
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.