This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupations on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available. The Endemic unit RN is a professional nurse that provides direct staff support in planning, designing, integrating, implementing, modifying, and evaluating the effectiveness of program components and/ or services to improve the quality of patient care and the appropriateness and timeliness of services provided. 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: 1-2 years RN experience required BLS required Experience in COVID response or working with known or potential COVID patients strongly 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 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years 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: Heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 pounds); Straight Pulling; Pushing; Reaching above Shoulder; Walking; Standing; Repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Hearing aid (permitted); Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Depth perception; Both eyes required; Both legs required; Use of fingers and both hands required. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications ["The Endemic RN is aligned within the Office of Nursing and is responsible for providing the clinical leadership and expertise for the coordination of the medical center's Endemic Operations. He/she possesses intimate knowledge of Fee federal regulations, VHA guidelines, medical review criteria, utilization management processes, clinical documentation requirements, current standards of care, and compliance guidelines. The incumbent supports the medical center's mission by possessing and exemplifying the core competencies of the High Performance Model The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient/resident, whether an individual, family, group, or community (ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses). 1. Endemic unit operations monitors, implements and coordinates endemic unit operations. Including but not limited too: COVID testing, vaccinations, Endemic Screening and other duties as assigned.\n2. Reviews and interprets clinical reviews to interpret and evaluate complex data directly related to diagnosis, condition, and treatment.\n3. Applies knowledge of adult and geriatric disease entities and current accepted treatment modalities to establish conformance with criteria for Home Health/Hospice services and expenditures.\n4. Utilizes applicable technical skills maintaining tracking methods for data retrieval.\n5. Demonstrates knowledge of complex automated data processing systems and their application for communication and data management. (e.g., VISTA, CPRS, VHA Intranet, Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook).\n6. Analyzes data and communicates care coordination outcomes data as requested to assess need for improvement in departmental processes.\n7. Assumes leadership responsibility in providing direct support for the development, coordination, maintenance and operation for clinical care coordination within the Home Health/Hospice program at the departmental level when the Lead RN Clinical Coordinator is on leave or otherwise not available.\n8. Communicates effectively both orally and in writing with professional, administrative, agencies and technical staff within the medical center and Non-VA organizations and/or providers as needed to coordinate quality VA healthcare.\n9. Promotes customer service, internal/external, by incorporating the VHA Core Values (Trust, Respect, Commitment, Compassion, and Excellence) into daily practice and performance.\n10. Takes an active role in assuring resources are applied in the most cost effective manner while providing quality patient care. Utilizes cost benefit analysis for purchased care requests as applicable.\n11. Identifies key quality measures and modifies processes when necessary changes are required to influence efficiency, quality of service, appropriateness of care, and minimization of inappropriate expenditures.\n12. Observes safety practices, maintains safe work environment, and follows procedures for reporting unsafe conditions and ensuring corrective action to prevent potential hazardous situations .\n13. Serves as consultant on Endemic issues and provides feedback regarding the practice of others to improve care coordination.\n14. Functions as a team advocate promoting goal directed accomplishments through group interaction and collaboration with both VA and non-VA care providers.\n15. Promotes a collaborative and positive work environment regarding clinical issues relevant to Endemic operations. Work Schedule: Schedule to be determined by the needs of the facility.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
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