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: At least 1 year of experience assisting with or performing procedures in a clinic setting At least 1 year experience caring for genitourinary patients in a clinic or inpatient setting BLS 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 may require potentially long periods of continued Heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, Moderate lifting of 15-44 pounds, Heavy carrying of 45 pounds and over, Moderate carrying of 15-44 pounds, Light carrying of 15 pounds, Straight pulling 8-10 hours, Pushing for 1 hour, Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Walking for 8-10 hours, Standing for 4-6 hours, Repeated bending .5 hours, Both legs required, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Both eyes required, Depth perception , Ability to distinguish basic colors, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing (aid may be permitted) Mental and emotional stability, Simple grasping for 2-4 hours, Sitting for 8 hours, Fin manipulation for 4-8 hours, Twisting for 2 hours. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Recruitment Incentive: May be authorized for Highly Qualified Individuals. The Registered Nurse in the Austin Procedural-A department is an expert in a clinical, and procedural setting. This RN leads other team members to provide safe and effective care of the patient during appointments and procedures and ensures a smooth patient traffic flow throughout the clinical areas. He/she performs appropriate triage and assessments with corresponding documentation, assists with various procedures, treatments, infusions, and provides pre and post in-clinic or surgical procedure education and information about medications. This RN oversees the safety of the patient, documents procedural or treatment assessment information, ensures correct labeling of specimens and that requirements for reusable medical equipment are sufficiently and consistently employed. He/she works collaboratively as a member of a larger team, implementing PACT principles, and is proactive in planning, overseeing and instituting care for a wide variety of patients, within all specialties which fall under Procedural-A, with varying ages and states of health that will be examined and treated. The RN must complete mandatory and annual competencies for clinical skills, equipment and procedures, adhere to unit-based protocols, and maintain current BLS, and ACLS (if required). The RN will participate in in-services and performance improvement activities and customer service programs at unit and service levels. Assist with secure messaging and telephone follow-up, scheduling, and other administrative duties as directed. The practice of the RN in this position is based on knowledge, experience, and research and has a direct impact on patient care and patient safety for patients while in the Austin Procedure-A unit. The Registered Nurse will be familiar with common medications prescribed, in-clinic and surgical procedures for the various specialties and ensure that care provided is in accordance with established national standards for nursing practice. The nurse will follow VA policies and procedures and the standards set forth by regulatory agencies such as JCAHO and OSHA. The Procedural-A Staff Nurse is expected to manage patient care in a compassionate and astute manner, ensuring patient safety and promoting positive patient outcomes. He/She provides guidance and education to patients and caregivers, collaborates with the interdisciplinary team, and professionals at all levels including but not limited to the other nurses and physicians and the Nurse Manager, Austin Procedural-A. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 12 paid Federal holidays per year)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, 7:30am- 4:00pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRecruitment Incentive: May be authorized for Highly Qualified Individuals.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact VISN17EDRP2@va.gov , the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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