Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Location
Minneapolis, MN
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Feb 05, 2018
Closes
Mar 05, 2018
Specialty
ICU / CCU
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Minneapolis VA Anesthesia Service provides veteran patients with anesthesia procedures for both ambulatory and inpatient surgical procedures. The services include: rendering patients unconscious for surgical procedures (general anesthesia), major neuroaxial blocks for surgical procedures (spinal and epidural anesthesia), nerve block for surgical procedures, monitored anesthesia care, procedures to alleviate post-operative pain and resuscitation services. Anesthesia services are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The department utilizes anesthesiologists (physicians who specialize in anesthesiology) and nurse anesthesia (nurses who specialize in anesthesia). We work in an anesthesia team to provide anesthesia and critical care services to the patients who are undergoing surgical procedures at the Minneapolis VAMC. At the Minneapolis VA, the physician anesthesiologist directs the anesthesia care team. Our philosophy is that the management of anesthesia is best accomplished using a team approach. It is the expectation that at the Minneapolis VAMC the anesthesia care team will operate to provide the safest possible patient care. Job responsibilities vary, depending if a Nurse II or a Nurse III. These responsibilities are stated in a functional statement that is available upon request

Work Schedule: Full-Time M-F, Plus Call
RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE MAY BE APPROVED

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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. 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. 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
  • 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.
  • Graduate of an accredited Nurse Anesthesia program approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).
  • Nurse Anesthetist Certification must be current and is a condition of employment.
CRNA experience is preferred.

Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
  • Nurse II - Master's degree in nurse anesthesia new graduate.
  • Nurse III - Master's degree in nurse anesthesia and approximately 2-3 year's of CRNA practice/experience or Doctorate Degree in Nurse Anesthesia.
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.Physical Requirements: For CRNAs, requirements include:
Heavy Lifting (up to 35 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15-35 lbs); Reaching Above Shoulder; Ability and dexterity of hand(s) to manage gross and fine motor tasks of patient care (i.e. IV insertion, wound care management, etc.); Walking Throughout Assigned Shift; Standing As Duties Require; Kneeling as Duties Require; Repeated Bending As Duties Require; Near Vision Correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far Vision Correctable in One Eye To 20/50 and to 20/100 In the Other; Color Vision; Hearing (aid permitted); and Specific Hearing Requirements.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.CV or Resume.
2.VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist. Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf
3.VA Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment. Available at https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf
4.If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).
5. Three references, one which should be a signed and dated performance review. If a new graduate please provide 3 letters of recommendation from clinical instructors or preceptors.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.

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