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: Must have at least one year of Medical-Surgical nursing experience Must have at least one year of nursing experience with adult populations. Must have at least one year of professional nursing experience appropriate to area of primary assignment if not medical-surgical. 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN 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 BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's 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 may require potentially long periods of continued Moderate lifting of 15-44 pounds, Light lifting under 15 pounds, Moderate carrying of 15-44 pounds, Light carrying under 15 pounds, Straight pulling for 1 hour, Pushing for 1-3 hours, Reaching above shoulders, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking for 4 hours, Standing for 2-7 hours, Kneeling for 2 hours, Repeated bending for 2 hours, Climbing, use of legs and arms, Both legs required, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Specific visual requirement 20/40 DVA; corrected, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid may be permitted), Sitting for 8 hours, Simple grasping for 2-4 hours, Fine manipulation (including twisting) for 2 hours, Mental and emotional stability. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT & will remain open until December 30, 2022. The first cut-off date is June 6, 2022. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on a as-needed basis until positions are filled. Applicants will remain active for 3 months after their initial application is received and/or updated. After that time, you must update your application through your USAJobs account if you would like to be made active again for possible consideration during the open period. The incumbent is responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age-specific components. Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences. Administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team. Core elements of performance include knowledge and active participation in program level quality improvement processes and initiatives as well as customer service programs. The incumbent is a self-directed professional nurse with a broad-based clinical knowledge appointed to effectively implement health promotion, prevention, and management of Primary Care, Urgent care, skilled long-term care, Hospice, Palliative Care, short term skilled care, short-term rehabilitation, and respite patients, etc. The incumbent demonstrates the skills and abilities to manage and coordinate appropriate patient documentation reflecting assessment of patient needs, interdisciplinary treatment plans, interventions, prescribed medical treatment, consults, personal care services and evaluation of patients' responses to treatments. The incumbent demonstrates critical thinking skills with efficiency and accuracy in assessing and managing all situations. The incumbent possesses good organizational skills and demonstrated ability to lead patient centered care. The incumbent demonstrates the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors, and members of the interdisciplinary team. The intermittent Nurse serves as an advocate for patients. The incumbent uses the nursing process and evidence based practice to collaborate extended team (Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), Provider, Social Work, family/caregiver, internal and community based services, etc.) to provide proactive, personalized, and patient centered care. The incumbent is responsible for collaborating with internal and external services to facilitate care transition in order to effectively meet the patients' needs and provides a robust interdisciplinary approach to care; health promotion or disease prevention, acute, chronic, and long-term needs, education, and coordinates discharge follow-up. The incumbent provides patient and family health education with a focus on acquiring self-care and self-management, based on the individual patient's goals and resources. Provides Veterans with ongoing support and coaching needed to succeed in making and sustaining changes. Work Schedule: Intermittent on an as needed basis. Various schedules are available. Flexible in tours and assignments is required.\nCompressed/Flexible: Available\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact VISN17EDRP2@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\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.