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: Knowledge of U.S. healthcare systems models, care coordination and case management, quality improvement and assurance, ability to be an independent contributor as well as team player, clinical experience in Nursing in the U.S., computer technical skills, ability to navigate electronic medical records, excellent interpersonal, customer service, and communication skills, discharge planning skills, knowledge of transitions of care, ability to address quality of care issues, interdisciplinary care team leadership skills, knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid, CMS rules and regulations, MCG criteria, and payment models. 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: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. ["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 September 30, 2022. The incumbent is assigned to the Chief of Staff's Office. Please select one RN Specialty below during your application process Community Care Utilization Review RN: These Care/Case Managers primarily case manage and coordinate acute and post-acute care for Veterans in the community. They liaise with private sector Providers and parties external to the VA system, such a hospitals, acute/subacute rehabilitation facilities, and Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals. Their operations revolve around the national Emergency Care Reporting Tool, which is their primary source of patient information of those Veterans who are hospitalized. Additionally, occasionally, the Utilization Review RNs collaborate with the RN Case Managers, VA Providers, and they are responsible for ensuring smooth transitions of care from the community acute care facilities. Community Care Case Manager RN: These Case Managers are primarily responsible for case management and care coordination of Veterans' outpatient services. They hold Delegation of Authority responsibilities in adjudication of consultation requests; interact regularly with Community Care MSAs, VA Providers, and on occasion, Community Care Utilization Review RNs and VA Pharmacy. The Community Care RN Case Manager ensures continuity of care, access to quality, timely, and appropriate care. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Duties include, but are not limited to: Performs ongoing assessment of patient condition and response to treatment Provides leadership in establishing goals, evaluating the plan of care, and in discharge planning Initiates referrals to other disciplines and/or services as appropriate Assesses the patient's learning needs, learning preference, and readiness to learn Modifies teaching approach based on knowledge of human behavior, motivations, and reactions to situations Accurately documents in the medical record patient findings, assessments, and care provided Evaluates and documents patient response to interventions and progress towards attainment of goals and expected outcomes Uses sound clinical judgement in assessing, evaluation, planning, implementing, documenting, and evaluating nursing care, based on ANA Standards of Nursing Practice and care/case management based on current evidence-based care management, utilization management, and utilization review guidelines Develops protocols to address care coordination and case/care management in the setting of clinical emergencies Uses advanced clinical and care coordination and management, utilization management, utilization review knowledge/judgement to promote staff involvement in planning, decision-making, and evaluating outcomes Functions as an expert in clinical and non-clinical practice and/or areas related to the assigned roles and responsibilities 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\nWork Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM\nTelework: Available with requirement to go into the office as needed\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position\nEDRP Authorized: Contact VISN2CompensationTeam@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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