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. 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: Current Supervisory/Management experience greater than 2 years Community Nursing Home experience 1 to 2 years or greater Medical Surgical Nursing Experience 2 years or greater Mental Health Nursing experience 1 year or greater Master's Degree 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. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Pulling hand over hand (2 hours); Pushing (2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (8-12 hours); Standing (8-12 hours); Kneeling (2 hours); Repeated bending (8-12 hours); Climbing, legs only (8-12 hours); Climbing, use of legs and arms; Both legs required; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted). ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards NOTE: Upon assignment to this position, the incumbent's salary will include two additional steps for assignment to the Head Nurse/Nurse Manager position. General Description: TheNurse Manager demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. The Nurse Manager reports to the Chief Nurse of the assigned area. The Nurse Manager demonstrates leadership in the application of the nursing process to patient care and organizational processes. The focus of the Nurse Managers performance encompasses a combination of clinical, educational, and administrative responsibilities. The Nurse Manager, is responsible and accountable for 24/7 operations of the unit, ensuring that nursing personnel provide timely nursing care which complies with accepted standards of clinical practice. Duties: The Nurse Manager works in collaboration with the Chief Nurse to develop skills that demonstrate leadership and creative approaches to the management of complex patient care on their assigned unit. The Nurse Manager II is a PROFICIENT nurse, \"who understands a situation as a whole because he/she perceives its meaning in terms of longterm goals. The proficient nurse learns from experience what typical events to expect in each situation and how plans need to be modified in response to these events. The proficient nurse can now recognize when the expected normal picture does not materialize; decision-making is less labored. The proficient nurse considers fewer options and hones in on an accurate region of the problem\" (Benner). The Nurse Manager is a proficient clinical nurse in all areas of the unit: a) serving as both a patient and staff advocate: b) leading and organizing delivery of care to assure continuity of care and peer accountability for practice, including access to care and discharge planning; c) using advanced clinical knowledge/judgment to promote staff involvement in planning, decision making and evaluating outcomes; d) functioning as a proficient nurse in clinical practice and/or areas related to the assigned roles and responsibilities; e) systematically evaluating current practice and formulating outcomes for groups for patients/families and/or organizational processes within an area of expertise; f) systematically evaluating current practice and formulating outcomes for groups for patients and/or organizational processes within an area of expertise; g) guiding, developing, and supporting staff from a leadership perspective; h) assuring safe staffing levels are established and maintained. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid 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) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Full Time; Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm; Position will include occasional off tours and weekends; May be required to work other shifts, be on call, work weekends and/or holidays as patient care and needs of the service require. Should operational needs dictate, candidates must be willing to work within other units (including community based outpatient clinics, for example) to assist and support continuation of the provision of care/services. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Willie Childs, firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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