Registered Nurse - Medical/Surgical Unit
The Registered Nurse serves a pivotal role, interacts with Veterans, family members, professional, and supportive personnel who provide patient care, and with members of other services. TheRN is responsible for planning, administering nursing care to adult and geriatric patients with mental health needs. He/she is responsible to ensure that the highest possible quality of care is achieved and that a safe therapeutic environment is provided.
Duties include, but not limited to:
Supports and enhances client self-determination. Serves as a resource for clients and staff in addressing ethical issues. Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues, taking appropriate action. Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice. Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance. Evaluates practice of self and others using professional standards, relevant statutes, and regulations. Takes action to improve performance. Uses group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems. Initiates/participates in quality improvement activities that result in improved outcomes.
Functional Statement:FS-40088-A, VN-06-10-I Level 3, FS-40089-A, VN-0610-I Level 2, FS-4009-A, VN-0610-I Level 1, FS-40091-A, VN-0610-III, FS-40092, NV-0610-II
Work Schedule: Full Time, 40 hours per week, shift work, weekends, days, evenings, nights and holidays.
These positionsare located in the Medical/Surgical Unit of Acute Care Nursing Service.
This is a bargaining unit position.
Citizenship. Citizens of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance withVAPolicy.
Graduation from School of Nursing.
- Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the
---The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153. The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC website; or
----The Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and master's degree programs, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 463-6930. Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE website.
----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 these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment. Students do not earn a BSN, but receive a MSN degree upon completion of coursework. A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA. Bridge programs that confer amaster's degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor's Degree is not awarded.
----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.
Condition of Employment.
A registered nurse (RN) will have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduateprofessional nurses in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The appointing official may waive this registration if the RN is to serve in a country other than the U.S. and the RN has registration in that country (e.g., Philippines). The RN must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA.
English Language Proficiency.
RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d).
Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.
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.
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 approximately1 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 BSNor a bachelor's degree in a related field with 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 with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a MSN or related field with a BSN or a bachelor's degree in a related field withapproximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in Nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree inrelated field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
Nurse III - MSN or related field with BSN or bachelor's degree in a related field with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in Nursing or relatedfield with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience.
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: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Repeated bending (up to 2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted).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:*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document
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 2008818.
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.