The Assistant Nurse Manager (ANM) is a member of the Geriatrics/HBPC service whose role is to provide leadership functions that include supervisor, educator, professional nurse leader, role model, and staff development. He/she serves as an assistant with line authority to the HBPC Program Coordinator, to provide leadership and direction to the nursing staff of the Geriatrics Service. He/she is accountable for adhering to established policies. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship. 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. [NOTE: See exception in subparagraph (b) below for candidates who are enrolled in a MSN Bridge Program.] The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), previously known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) OR The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 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 course work. A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA. Bridge programs that confer a master's degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor's Degree is not awarded. OR 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. Registration: A registered nurse (RN) will have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse 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) and 7407(d). 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. Physical Requirements: As a nurse at the VA, this position may require long periods of continued walking, standing, and/or sitting. VA RNs may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. S/he may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. S/he must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, and able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Applicants must possess the mental and physical ability to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment. Physical requirements may involve lifting, carrying, pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, walking, standing, sitting, kneeling, and repeated bending. S/he must complete annual Employee Health requirements such as but not limited to Covid vaccination, TB screening/testing, drug testing, etc., as a condition of employment. In the performance of duties, s/he may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA vehicle. ["The ANM functions within a nursing process framework for problem-solving and care facilitation: assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Job duties are focused on leading staff for patients to achieve optimum mental and physical health and illness prevention. He/she is responsible for assisting in the leadership of the Geriatrics Department and possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively apply all aspects of the nursing process within collaborative and interdisciplinary practice settings. This broad clinical knowledge enables her/him to effectively direct patient and family care; plan staffing and patient care; as well as guide and support nursing staff in the use of nursing process in providing/delegating patient care. This requires attention to safety issues, adherence to standards of care, policies, and procedures; and educating staff in evidence-based best practices for efficient and safe care of Veterans in the HBPC program. The ANM is expected to perform data collection and analysis for the purpose of improving care to patient groups, maximizing utilization of resources, and enhancing care to patients in the HBPC program. The ANM coordinates with the HBPC Program Coordinator in all matters related to responsibility for staffing and scheduling of nursing and technical staff. He/she is responsible for providing on hands nursing coverage for staffing vacancies within the Geriatrics Department as needed for staff illness, vacancy etc. He/she is responsible for participation in the creation and maintenance of an environment that is conducive to the recruitment and retention of highly competent nursing staff with diverse backgrounds. He/she promotes and participates in peer review. The ANM is responsible for knowledge of issues that affect nursing including standards of practice, training, functional statements, position descriptions, proficiency reports, performance appraisals, policies, procedures, protocols, and competencies. The ANM ensures appropriate orientation and continuing professional development of nursing personnel he/she supervises. He/she is knowledgeable concerning the disciplinary process and works with the HBPC program coordinator to administer such actions. The ANM promotes safe patient care by ensuring staff initiate active patient identification with every patient and to not use passive confirmation in accordance with facility policy. The ANM provides direct support to the HBPC program coordinator by supporting performance improvement initiatives. This is conducted with participation of HBPC nursing staff to improve the quality of nursing care. He/she executes designated responsibilities demonstrating leadership, and creativity in the management of the integrated performance improvement program. The ANM reports directly to the HBPC Program Manager. It is the HBPC Program Manager, or designee, who has direct control over work assignments and leave approval. The ANM is expected to work independently within his/her scope of practice, according to policies, training, and accepted VA practice. The ANM meets the needs of both the internal and external customers while supporting the mission of the VA by consistently communicating and treating customers (Veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. The ANM protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHA policy. Every effort will be made to protect the data from unauthorized release or from loss, alternation, or unauthorized deletion. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 0800-1630 .\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nCompressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available\nTelework: Eligible\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement Title: CBSR-11489853-22-JD/Registered Nurse - Assistant Nurse Manager Geriatrics HBPC.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized"]
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