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: Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, or a Bachelor degree in a field related to nursing. CCRN or other certification. ACLS certification & BLS certification. Recent 1-3 years critical care experience or experience in a fast paced Medical/Surgical environment or Step-down unit. 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: All applicants must be physically able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position. A pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment. ["Include but are not limited to: Provide high quality, specialized nursing care to critically ill patients who commonly present with multisystem comorbidities such as acute renal failure, acute respiratory failure, cardiopulmonary arrest, PEA, hemorrhage, DKA, GI bleeding, SIADH, liver failure, AMI. Maintains accurate and timely documentation of patient assessment and care which may involve IV drug infusions and nurse driven titration, hemodynamic monitoring, rhythm recognition and arrhythmia detection, assisting with central line insertion, transporting and caring for patients during off unit testing, tracheostomy care, ventilator care, recovering patients post conscious sedation, ostomy care, Foley care, medication administration, and care of feeding tubes. Assistance with bedside procedures i.e., bronchoscopy, upper and lower GI procedure; assist with Swan Ganz catheter insertion, TEE, and cardioversion, which are in the critical or acute phase. Maintain knowledge of a variety of pharmacological agents used in patient treatment including titration of IV medications to include moderate sedation. Utilizes all aspects of the nursing practice and evidence-based practice in order to develop individual plans of care for patients in the ICU. Modifies patient's plan of care based on their physical, cognitive, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural needs. Promotes effective communication while functioning within a collaborative and interdisciplinary team setting. Incorporates the Veteran and family member/caretaker(s) in patient education that meets their individual educational needs and learning style. Functions as a patient advocate and performs cares and duties with the utmost integrity adhering to policies and procedures and following all protocols, guidelines and standards of practice (SOP). Serve as a member of the Code Blue and Rapid Response Teams for the Medical Center and is required to maintain Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) certifications. Work Schedule: One Full-time, 40 hours per week, Night position with rotation to Days, including weekends & holidays. Combination of 8's & 12's hour shifts. One Part-time, 32 Hours per week, Day position with rotation to Nights, including weekends & holidays. Combination of 8's & 12's hour shifts. The Providence Healthcare System is an acute care facility operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week. While most tours of duty are scheduled during the day, the possibility of working evenings, nights and weekends does exist. Shift changes may be considered by the service based on patient and facility needs. Compressed/Flexible Work Schedule: Authorized Telework/Virtual/Remote Work: Not Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position Relocation, Recruitment, Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or Travel Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Karen Chapman, email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Notifications: This position is in the Excepted Service. This position is a Bargaining Unit position. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments based on the candidate's education and experience. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards"]
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