The Resident Assessment Instrument-Minimum Data Set (RAI-MDS) Program Resident Assessment Coordinator (RAC) in the Community Living Center (CLC) is a self-directed, professional nurse with a broad-based clinical knowledge appointed to effectively implement health promotion, prevention, and management of skilled care and chronic illness, and care of the dying. 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. 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. Preferred Experience: Previous experience as MDS Nurse or Resident Assessment Coordinator Experience completing MDS in Long Term Care Setting Knowledge of Long Term Care quality measure and regulations Effective verbal and written communication skills, time management, and prioritization skills Strong Clinical Assessment skills and analysis BLS 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: This position may require potentially long periods of continued Heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, Moderate lifting of 15-44 pounds, Pushing for 1 hour, Walking for 4-6 hours, Standing for 4-6 hours, Repeated bending .5 hours, Both legs required, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Mental and emotional stability, Strong legs, No skin allergies. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The RAI-MDS Program RAC position is an administrative role assigned to a nurse that demonstrates the skills and abilities to manage and coordinate the facility RAI-MDS Program. The RAI-MDS Program RAC is a vital role in providing oversight in the coordination and facilitation of the RAI-MDS process/program, demonstrates a high level of clinical, analytical and leadership skills and is competent in conducting and reporting quality measures and performance improvement activities. The RAI-MDS Program RAC has a specialized body of knowledge of current Long-Term Care (LTC), the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations and its application to the RAI-MDS process. The RAI-MDS Program RAC is accountable for the overall RAI-MDS program completion and program process. Additional responsibilities include oversight of the baseline and comprehensive care plan process and IDT care plan meetings. The Geriatrics and Extended Care and CLC Leadership is accountable for changes that effectively support the program and is responsive to the process improvement of Quality Measures and other Performance Measures. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, 7:00am- 3:30pm or 7:30am- 4:00pm. May require rotating shifts to include off-tours, holidays, and weekend coverage depending as organization operational needs arise.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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