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 To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/31/2021. 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. 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: ICU/Step-Down Unit Experience - Minimum 2 years recent critical care bedside nursing 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 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: Heavy lifting 45 pounds and over, Heavy carrying 45 pounds and over, Straight pulling (4 hours), Pushing (4 hours), Reaching above shoulder, Both hands required, Walking (8-12 hours), Standing (8-12 hours), Repeated bending (8 hours), Both leg 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 to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Both eyes required, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing (aid permitted), Transferring patients & objects may be required, Don protective clothing in isolation situation or operative/invasive procedures, May occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium. ["The ICU/SDU is a specialty care unit that's scope of care includes postoperative surgical and medical patients requiring advanced care services. As a critical care Registered Nurse, you will deliver safe and effective care for patients requiring frequent monitoring and interventions. Common diagnoses include respiratory failure, advanced cardiac disease, renal failure, post operative surgical and other medical conditions. An an ICU/SDU nurse, you may be assigned patients on either level of care. The RN must demonstrate knowledge and competency in critical care nursing skills such as hemodynamic monitoring, early recognition of declining conditions including dysrhythmias, interpretation of lab values, medication titration and dosing, familiarity with vasoactive and sedation medications, and advanced respiratory support/devices.\nThe RN is responsible for, but not limited to, the following major responsibilities: Chest tube procedures/care *Pacemaker Moderate Sedation *Intubation and ventilator management Central/PICC Line care and dressing changes *Intra-abdominal Pressure monitoring Right Atrial Pressure Monitoring *RME Blood Transfusions *TPN PA catheter and pressure line troubleshooting *Pacemaker Permanent/Transvenous Stroke protocol *Vasoactive drug monitoring and titration Epidural catheter insertion, management and removal Swanz Ganz and Arterial Pressure based Cardiac Output Maintain BLS and ACLS certification Work Schedule: Possible tours of duty: 7:00 am -7:30 pm; 3:00 pm-11:30 pm; 7:00 pm -7:30 am rotating days to include weekends and holidays.\nTelework: Not Virtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Brian.Huhman@va.gov or Eve.Harper@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required This is an Open Continuous Announcement. Resumes/Questionnaires received in USA Staffing in response to this announcement will be maintained in the USA Staffing job file. Qualification determinations will be done based on the applicant's resume/questionnaire/documents submitted for the position and a list of qualified candidates will be referred to Service.**The initial cut off of eligible applicants will be Wednesday, January 26, 2022**. Subsequent cut-off dates will be the 11th of each month or as needed. The vacancy announcement will remain open until closed, canceled or filled.**"]
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