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: BSN preferred SCI/Rehab experience preferred 2-3 years Med/Surg experience preferred Rehab certification 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: 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. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative or invasive procedures, or home settings. 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT NOTE:\nAnnouncement will remain open until no longer needed but no later than October 31 2022. The specialized staff RN will provide caring, and compassionate care to a specific patient population admitted to Spinal Cord Injuries & Disorders (SCI/D) Service. Apply all aspects of the rehabilitation process and patient-focused care management principles within a holistic and collaborative, interdisciplinary practice setting and demonstrate exceptional patient care through utilization of evidence-based practice and human caring science. SCI RN's are part of an interdisciplinary team with on-site collaboration between medicine, nursing, therapies, and ancillary staff. SCI/D includes paraplegic through quadriplegic Veterans from trauma or disorders, such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). We focus on modern technology to improve the lives of SCI/D Veterans, providing slower paced care, with higher nursing hours per patient day, that allows nurses to spend time with patients and families. Provide care over a lifespan and get to know the patients and families as one. Advanced Safe Patient Handling Management (SPHM) equipment and training provided. The Tampa VA utilizes modern technology to provide a full range of patient care services. Our 100-bed SCI/D medical and surgical facility consists of five unit floors to include a ventilator unit and two long term care units.SCI/D is separated by Units: SCI-B 10 bed Acute Care/Rehab Ventilator Unit surveyed by The Joint Commission Spinal Cord Injury or Disorder Veterans (ALS, MS) with new injuries with respiratory involvement Respiratory Therapist stationed 24/7 on unit Nursing Assistant Support SCI-D 16 bed Med/Surg Unit surveyed by The Joint Commission Care for Veterans from end of Rehab for rest of their lives Slower pace than typical med/surg unit Advanced wound care techniques taught Nursing Assistant Support SCI-DR 14 bed Rehab Unit???????CARF accredited, rehab training and certifications encouraged Take Veterans from hospital discharge just after injury through maximum improvement Active duty Veterans accepted also Nursing Assistant Support ???????\nSCI-E 30 bed Med/Surg Unit surveyed by The Joint Commission Care for Veterans from end of Rehab for rest of their lives Slower pace than typical med/surg unit Advanced wound care techniques taught Nursing Assistant Support ???????\nSCI-F 20 bed Long Term Care Unit surveyed by Ascellon (previously by the Long Term Care Institute) Care through end of life provided On-site physician coverage Slower paced care provided for quality of life for SCI Veterans Significantly lower staffing ratios than typical long term care facility ???????\nSCI-FV 10 bed Long Term Care Ventilator Unit surveyed by Ascellon (previously by the Long Term Care Institute Spinal Cord Injury or Disorder Veterans (ALS, MS) with respiratory involvement Respiratory Therapist stationed 24/7 on unit Nursing Assistant Support The Spinal Cord Injury (SCI/D) units -are challenging specialty bed units. Patients on these units may require Central/PICC IV lines, bowel/bladder care, and wound care. Nursing experience encompasses quadriplegic, paraplegic, ALS and MS patients requiring medical/surgical quality care. Duties: As a Staff Nurse you will provide medical and/or surgical care to acute and chronically ill spinal cord injury Veterans. Duties include but are not limited to: documenting observations, assessments, and changes in patient's condition; collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes; providing a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems. Care of the SCI patients includes related requirements such as rapid response to autonomic dysreflexia, bowel care and use of varied lift equipment. Our facility is seeking individuals who possess good organizational skills, which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to ?????assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors, and members of the interdisciplinary team. Charge nurse duties are encouraged and expected of all registered nurses. Work Schedule: Permanent full-time All Shifts: 0730-2000, 1930-0800,\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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