This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2023, or until position is filled. The first group of eligible applicants will be reviewed February 7, 2023. Subsequent reviews will be conducted as needed until position is filled. 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: Experienced RN utilizing Care Coordination Customer Service experience computer experience, multiple software packages, community care experience, Knowledge of change process 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: The position involves considerable standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. It requires restraining confused patients, repositioning patients, assisting with transferring patients to Wheelchairs/stretchers/cars, and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift patients. The work may involve pushing or lifting weight in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. 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. This position requires visual acuity, good hearing, distinctive speech and manual dexterity. The position requires the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level with neck in a fully flexed or extended position and the ability to physically control. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The registered nurse provides care and counseling of persons or in the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness and injury based upon the nursing process which includes systematic data gathering, assessment, appropriate nursing judgment, and evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as case finding, health teaching, health counseling; provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being; and executing medical regimens including administering medications and treatments prescribed by a licensed or otherwise legally authorized provider. Major Duties include, but are not limited to the following: Demonstrated clinical competencies in such areas as age-specific care, cultural assessment, and health education. Demonstrates an ability to effectively function autonomously, as well as a member of an interdisciplinary team Respect for cultural and spiritual values. Ability to demonstrate understanding of facility performance metrics that can be influenced by the programs in the work area. Ability to demonstrate leadership and active participation in program level quality improvement processes and initiatives Ability to demonstrate use of metrics to show improvement or sustainment Ability to demonstrate active participation in customer service improvement processes and initiatives for the work area. Ability to demonstrate leadership in meeting, reporting, and training others on assigned program(s) objectives and metrics Ability to demonstrate self-direction as assigned program(s) Lead RN to operate assigned program according to VHA and facility directives, and train others within the program to ensure succession planning Demonstrates efficient, effective, and electronic processes are in place to assist with program management Demonstrate effective use of facility processes for Standard Operating Procedures, Center Memorandums, Protocols, Guidelines, Patient Education, etc. with some supervisor direction Demonstrate knowledge of and effective use of national guidelines, templates, education, etc. with some supervisor direction Consistently demonstrates effective communication skills and professional behaviors that promote cooperation and teamwork with internal and external customers, team members, and supervisors. Follow and include the appropriate nursing chain of command structure Effective verbal and written communication skills Attends staff meetings and program specific education Ability to demonstrate active leadership and participation in customer service improvement processes and initiatives. Demonstrates understanding of the facility staffing model and the need to adjust staffing according to the needs of the Veteran; this includes floating to assist other program areas when staffing is needed Serves as a mentor to new Nurses. Provides feedback of new employee's progress to Nurse Manager Leads change based on findings through current policies and procedures Takes lead in writing policies and procedures Educates the patient and the caregiver as needed Demonstrates ability to be unit/program representative at interdisciplinary meeting as assigned by nurse manager Facilitate inpatient transfers to and from the OKC VAHCS Coordinate discharge needs for veterans admitted to community hospitals seeking to use their VA benefits for needed care Partners with a large team of case managers in the community and various VA services to provide coordinated care to veterans Resource to VA staff and providers, communicating/documenting status outcomes and providing handoff as indicated Additional duties as assigned 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 - Friday, day shift Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.