This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. Education: 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. License: 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. Preferred Experience: At least one year RN experience Long-Term Care/Rehab/Hospice Experience Hands-on experience at bedside care Dementia experience 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 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. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Straight pulling (3 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (8 hours); Standing (3.5 hours); Kneeling (0.5 hours); Repeated bending (1 hour); Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted). ["This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT & will remain open until December 30,2022, or until all positions are filled. The first cut-off date is May 26, 2022. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. Applicants will remain active for 3 months after their initial application is received and/or updated. After that time, you must update your application through your USAJobs account if you would like to be made active again for possible consideration during the open period. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following: Patient-care duties as specifically outlined in the Community Living Center (CLC) Rn Orientation Checklist. Including but not limited to equipment, procedures, resident care needs and CLC unit work flow in order to provide care to the residents. Verbalizes and demonstrates understanding of the long sheet and importance of daily utilization of the form. Use appropriate customer service guidelines as listed in the orientation check-off packet. Including, but not limited to CLC Veteran-Centered Care, resident preferences, and Cultural Transformation. Working knowledge of shower/tub room processes in order to delegate duties. Understands resident preferences and respect/dignity in the implementing those preferences. Maintain a working knowledge of each neighborhood on unit, processes, and residents. Proper process of entering and exiting rooms. Assist other staff as necessary to ensure proper care. Understanding and use of nurse call system, answering alarm/phone appropriately, responding promptly to resident situation. Understanding of Wanderguard system process, policy, and prompt response to alarm. Ability to utilize VA computers and programs in order to complete CLC RN duties, enter leave as required, and access work schedule. Documents accurately and in a timely manner. Completes all mandatory and other training including, not limited to Talent Management System (TMS), orientation, in-service, Interdisciplinary Care Plan meetings as assigned, annual competencies, and staff meetings. Understands, participates, and ensures completion of Purposeful Rounding in assigned neighborhood to ensure resident safety. Understands that the CLC is a restrain-free environment. Verbalizes and understands what is considered a restraint. Understands, verbalizes, adheres to, and documents Fall Prevention guidelines, interventions, policies, and protocols. Demonstrates understanding regarding the pain scale, asking residents about their pain level, performing non-pharmacological measures to alleviate pain. Reports pain level concerns to charge nurse or provider. Demonstrates proper use of safety and lift equipment. Ensures the safety of residents and staff. Participates as assigned in fire safety, emergent needs, and environmental safety as described in orientation validation paperwork. Completes new admission package and document within eight hours of resident arrival following the admission checklist. Verbalizes and demonstrates understanding of skin breakdown, pressure injury preventative measures, and notifying charge nurse of new/worsening areas of redness, skin breakdown, and concerns. Complete all assessments and document as required. Complete wound care treatment as ordered by physician. Including documentation and assessment for preventative wound care treatment. Administer medication, complete D-sticks, and other orders required, as ordered by providers. Complete daily, weekly, monthly, and PRN documentation as required in an accurate and timely manner. See orientation checklist for specifics. Serve in the CLC Charge position. See charge nurse duties on the orientation checklist sheet. Working with staff to ensure appropriate work flow. Use appropriate infection control measures as listed in the orientation check-off packet. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Work Schedule: Rotating Shift: 730 - 2000 or 1930 - 0800\nCompressed/Flexible: Available\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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