RN - Intensive Care Units (CCU, MICU, and SICU)

Location
Birmingham, AL
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Sep 07, 2017
Closes
Oct 04, 2017
Specialty
ICU / CCU
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Birmingham VA Medical Center is actively seeking Registered Nurses who possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team to work within our Intensive Care Units (CCU, MICU, and SICU).

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Registered Nurse (RN) assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates nursing care for critical patients. The ICU RN provides all aspects of primary nursing care including, but not limited to, hemodynamic monitoring, intra-aortic balloon pump therapy, pace maker therapy, ventriculostomy, mechanical ventilation, medication management and wound care. The RN must demonstrate the ability to make critical decisions and trouble shoot patient care equipment. The RN must be ACLS certified and be able to respond to life threatening arrhythmias and emergency events effectively.

Nurses responding to this announcement may be considered for available positions in the SICU, CCU or MICU.

Preferred Qualifications
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- At least one year of successful ICU, Medical Surgical, or other related clinical experience(s).
- Successful experience as a Nursing student within the VA environment
- ACLS certification
- BLS certification
- Professional nursing certification in area of practice - such as: Acute/Critical Care Nursing Certification (CCRN).
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)
- Demonstrated ability to assess and prioritize multiple medical and surgical diagnoses
- Demonstrated excellence in physical assessment skills
- Demonstrated ability to be dependable, self-directed, and flexible. Including flexibility in assignment and time scheduling
- Excellent customer service skills

Functional Statement Titles:
Patient Care Services Registered Nurse: Nurse 1 Level 1
Patient Care Services Registered Nurse: Nurse 1 Level 2
Patient Care Services Registered Nurse: Nurse 1 Level 3
Patient Care Services Registered Nurse: Nurse 2
Patient Care Services Registered Nurse: Nurse 3

Work Schedule:Various tours available: 7:00am-7:30pm, 11:30am-Midnight, 7:00pm-7:30am, to be determined by manager upon hire, based on the needs of the service

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.
- English Language Proficiency: RN's appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
- Physical Standards

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.

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.

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: Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 (http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm).Functional requirements include light lifting under 15 lbs, light carrying 15-44 lbs, walking and standing and standing for up to 8 hours, use of rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, ability to read type written characters (glasses permitted), ability to hear the whispered voice (hearing aid permitted), repeated bending for up to 8 hours, etc.

VA facilities must 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.

The following documents are required:

  1. REQUIRED RESUME/CV: You are encouraged to build your resume using Resume Builder on the USAJobs.gov website, but if you choose to submit your own resume, it must include the same information: current/prior Federal service information, education information, current/prior employment which includes job title, detailed description of duties and responsibilities, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and telephone number, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), hours worked per week, and salary. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to each and every one of the questions found within the occupational questionnaire, addressing your work experience in detail. We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications. Please indicate whether your supervisor(s) can be contacted. Failure to include the required information on your resume may result in loss of consideration due to the inability to determine eligibility and/or qualifications.
  2. REQUIRED: VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist available at the Federal Government JobsForms website:http://federalgovernmentjobs.us/forms/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf This document MUST be submitted with up-to-date information, signed and dated with a CURRENT date (no older than one calendar year). DO NOT submit an old version from a prior submission for a different job. This form must be completed in its entirety. DO NOT submit answers that state "See attached resume" - the information on this form must match the information detailed on your resume. Failure to submit this completed form will automatically deem you ineligible for this position.
  3. REQUIRED: SF-50 If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows your position information, including tenure, type of appointment (competitive/excepted), grade and step. DO NOT submit award SF-50s, as they do not contain the information required to assess eligibility. You may need to submit multiple SF-50s to prove your eligibility (i.e. Original Appointment SF-50, PromotionSF-50's, andwithin grade increases). **NOTE: As applicable, at a minimum, everyqualified applicationmust includean SF50 dated January 8, 2017 or later.***
  4. REQUIRED: Responses to the questionnaire
  5. REQUIRED: Official or Unofficial transcripts showing thename of the college or universityyou attended and the date your degree was conferred. (0nly required if you are not currently employed with the Birmingham VA Medical Center as an RN).
  6. REQUIRED: If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service.

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

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

    *DD-214
    *OF-306
    *Other(VA Form 10 2850a, Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists, Service Connected Disabillty Letter)
    *Resume
    *SF-50
    *Transcript
      VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetistsavailable at the VA Forms website:http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search . (required)

    Please use thischecklist 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 review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or 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 1889191.

    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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