The Wilmington, DE VA Health Care System is seeking two full-time RN, Nurse Educator for Acute Care and Critical Care. The Nurse Educator promotes a model of continuous learning through participation in education, consultation, role modeling, and research. 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: MSN Board Certification (CCRN, Med/Surg., CEN) 2 to 3 year nurse educator experience 5 years RN experience and preceptorship experience 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. 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: 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. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. 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 Nurse Educator must demonstrate performance and leadership that is broad enough to improve the care for a group of patients. Nurse Educator assesses, plans, develops, coordinates, implements and evaluates educational and staff development programs for the Wilmington VA Medical Center employees. The incumbent's primary responsibilities will be the coordinator for the following programs: Simulation Lab, Mandatory Training and Joint Commission Standards, ACLS Coordinator, Preceptor Program, Nurse Manager learning needs, and Nurse Skills Fair. Incumbent will also serve as a Nurse Planner of the Education Resource Center Accredited Provider Unit for continuing nursing education. The nurse in this role will provide staff development expertise as an educator, consultant, facilitator, change agent, leader and researcher. Each supports the development of the frontline staff and fosters empowerment through knowledge to achieve excellence through the delivery of quality and safety in clinical practice. He or she acts as general resource for clinical personnel. Relies on education, experience, professional training and judgment to accomplish responsibilities. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. All staff must receive consistent information regarding policies, procedures, standards and documentation to support practice and socialize them with the Wilmington VA Medical Center vision, mission, values, goals and organizational structure. The nurse in this role will function as the Simulation Lab Coordinator/Instructor. Incumbent serves as a clinical leader and teacher to staff and students in the use of simulation learning. Simulation-Based Clinical Education re-creates a clinical setting for the purpose of clinical training; typically this is done through the use of several methods (e.g., role-play or scenariobased teaching) and the use of a variety of technologies (e.g., mannequins, task trainers, virtual patients or standardized patients). The Simulation Lab Instructor fulfills the following functions: facilitates the education and training of clinicians, educates with an emphasis on conceptual knowledge, basic skills and an introduction to the actual work, trains with an emphasis on the actual tasks and the work to be performed in an authentic setting and assess performance and competency of both individual learners and teams The nurse in this role will be responsible for ensuring that all mandatory training requirements as established by VHA, Joint Commission, VISN and facility management are met. Incumbent will have an organized, streamlined process for review and approval of mandatory training. This nurse will collaborate with local Subject Matter Experts to ensure staff learning needs are met. This nurse will also oversee that role specific training as required by staff is accomplished. Incumbent will serve as liaison with vendor to ensure on-line trainings developed at this Medical Center are operationalized. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards 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: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Flexible for training) Telework: Not Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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