This Registered Nurse Position is located in the Operating Room Unit at the East Orange VA Medical Center. This is an open continuous announcement. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available. Applications will remain on file until June 22, 2022. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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 applicant. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). 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 this certification and a copy of the MSN transcript to the VA. Bridge programs that confer a master's degree also fully meet the education requirement (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6). 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. 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: In addition to the Basic Requirements specified in paragraph a above, 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 or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse I Level II - An Associated Degree or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR; an Associates Degree 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 with no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse I Level III - An Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR; an Associated Degree or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR; a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or bachelor's degree in a related field and no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse II - A Bachelor of Science in Nursing with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR; An Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and bachelors 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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing or bachelor's degree in a related field 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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing or bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR; Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Physical Requirements: The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. VANJHCS is an interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, mental health and long term care inpatients and outpatients. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Preferred Qualifications: 3-5 Years of Experience as an RN in an Operating Room Unit, National Certificate(s), BLS Certification ["The Registered Nurse uses sound clinical judgment in assessing, planning, implementing, documenting, and evaluating nursing care, based on the ANA Standards of Nursing Practice. Duties include, but are not limited to: Anticipates and recognizes medical/surgical/psychiatric emergencies and initiates or leads others to implement appropriate and timely actions. Recognizes subtle abnormal signs and symptoms and/or changes in patients' condition and responds appropriately. Assigns patient care responsibilities based upon patient needs and competencies of staff. Provides leadership in establishing goals, evaluating the plan of care, and in discharge planning. Initiates referrals to other disciplines and/or services as appropriate. Accurately documents in the medical record patient findings, assessments, and care provided. Guides, develops, and supports staff from a leadership perspective. Uses professional standards of care, scientific evidence, and practice to evaluate programs/service activities. Work Schedule: To be discussed during the interview process.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.