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. 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: 2-3 years of Nursing experience in Long Term Care. 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 pounds and over; pushing; reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; use of both hands required; walking 8 hours; standing 8 hours; repeated bending; climbing legs only; both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other. May be required to work with assaultive or combative patients. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards\nThe Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center is currently recruiting for several Registered Nurse positions for the Community Living Center. The CLC has oversight for the admission/approval process for nursing home patients and provide Nursing Care to Long Term care residents, dementia unit residents, respite patients, hospice patients, rehabilitation patients, transitional care patients and their families/significant others. The primary focus of the Community Living Center (CLC) is to provide a welcoming and functional home for the Veteran population. Rehabilitative, restorative, and supportive nursing care is provided to prevent deterioration whenever possible, to achieve and maintain optimal levels of functioning, independence and comfort, maximizing the Veterans ability to adapt and adjust to living as independently and safely as possible.The incumbent will be accountable for the continuum of care, patient, and family education, patient self-management after discharge and all supporting factors impact patient satisfaction. She/he will provide quality care to Community Living Center (CLC) residents in accordance with all VA standards and policies with special emphasis on physical, emotional, social, spiritual, cultural, and age-specific needs while preserving the patient's dignity and autonomy. Duties and knowledge required for this position include but not limited to the following: Administer and document medication utilizing the computerized Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) program. Demonstrate sound clinical judgment and leadership in care improvement using the established nursing process and VA protocols. Demonstrate expert knowledge as it relates to respective nursing area and the ability to apply current theory to practice. Demonstrate excellent communication and critical thinking skills. Identify nursing diagnosis, clinical problems, and related interventions according to Nursing Services and/or unit policies. Utilize team-based approaches to identify, analyze and resolve issues; and maintain all unit specific competencies. Ensure the implementation of interventions to address identified patient care issues. Promptly report any changes in the patient's condition to the Medical Provider. Use creative approaches to proactively and safely distribute staff as needed by matching skill mix, skill level, patient acuity/census/workload, and available support services. Comply with all Medical Center protocols, policies, and standards of care. Work Schedule: Evening shift 3:45 pm to 12:15 am, rotating weekends and holidays and night shift available - 12:00 am -8:00 am, rotating weekends and holidays\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\nEDRP Authorized: Authorized Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory"]
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.