Registered Nurse (Intensive Care Unit/Acute Care Unit)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Spokane, Washington, Washington
Internal Number: 748594400
The primary purpose of this position is to provide direct patient care and care coordination, as it pertains, to patients and their care within the Intensive Care Unit and Acute Care Unit (ICU/ACU) at the Mann Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. 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 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). The approving official may authorize a waiver of the requirement for ACEN or CCNE accreditation of any degree in nursing provided the college or university has regional accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education at the time of the candidate's graduation and the composite qualifications of the applicant warrant such consideration. 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: Bachelor of Science in Nursing preferred Minimum of two (2) years of ICU experience ACU/Telemetry/Emergency experience will be considered 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: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; light carrying, under 15 pounds; straight pulling (5 hours); pushing (5 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2 hours); standing (2 hours); repeated bending (5 hours); climbing, use of legs and arms; both legs required; both eyes required; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid may be permitted). ["Duties include but are not limited to: Performing ongoing cardiac monitoring for patients with critically acute and chronic health conditions. Demonstrating cardiac rhythm recognition, detecting cardiac arrhythmias, understanding arrhythmia significance, recognizing symptoms, and anticipating or initiating appropriate nursing measures. Performing ongoing assessments, noting changes in condition, and providing appropriate interventions. Performing emergent care in acute/crisis situations. Being an active participant of the facility Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT). Administering medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. Consistently communicating and treating customers (Veterans, their representatives, visitors and all VA staff) in a professional, courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Handling conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately. Working as part of a team in providing direct patient care. Being flexible, able to rotate through Med/Surg, APU, UCC, & CLC and able to adjust to ever changing work environment. 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. Work Schedule: 12 hour night tours 7:00PM to 7:30AM (variable nights that may include weekends and holidays). Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual or remote position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized. EDRP Authorized: Contact V20CompensationTeam@va.gov and VHAEDRPProgramSupport@VA.gov, the EDRP Coordinators for questions/assistance. Learn more. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required 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 VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards"]
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