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: One (1) year of Telemetry or Medical/Surgical 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 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: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The Registered Nurse may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The Registered Nurse may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The Registered Nurse must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. This Registered Nurse who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. ["The Telemetry Registered Nurse manages the care of patients requiring cardiac monitoring and more frequent observation than can be provided in the acute care setting. Patients are primarily those with cardiac disease or heart rhythm disorders, but can also include patients with a variety of diagnosis that may require cardiac monitoring during their treatment and recovery. Telemetry RNs provide care in collaboration with physicians and other health care providers. The ultimate goal is to assist the patient in achieving and maintaining optimal health. The Telemetry RN must demonstrate the ability to work effectively as a team member and must be able to assess and interpret crucial data and then respond in a manner that enhances patient outcomes. The Telemetry RN must be proficient in the assessment and treatment of cardiac rhythm disturbances - This means the RN is ACLS certified and has experience in or has taken a class in arrhythmia interpretation. The Telemetry Unit supports professional growth through education, participation on unit or hospital committees, involvement in QI projects and/or memberships in professional organizations. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards MAJOR DUTIES: Provide individualized, complex, patient care for critically ill patients, consistent with diagnoses, standards of scope of practice, which may include the following: Cardiac monitoring and EKG interpretation Hemodynamic monitoring Identify potential crisis situations and respond appropriately in emergent situations using standard ACLS guidelines Initiate referrals and/or consultations as appropriate to achieve an interdisciplinary plan of care Function independently when performing more complex treatments, procedures and advanced technologies specific to the scope of care in the Telemetry Unit Perform procedures within his/her scope of practice and the unit based competencies Promote and provide health care teaching to patients and significant others Complete admission assessment on assigned patients within 24 hours of admission Conduct reassessments every shift and PRN to determine rapidly changing conditions Transcribe physicians' orders, using CPRS Take verbal and telephone orders per policy Complete patient care plans according to policy Document vital signs and assessments using CPRS/approved format Document medications using the Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) Plan for discharge/transfer including completion of discharge/transfer note Function completely as a charge nurse making patient assignments and communicating shift report Demonstrate the ability to manage the daily routine operations related to patient care (delegating, supervising, troubleshooting, and evaluating) Participate in clinical supervision of nursing staff, nursing students, and new hires through role modeling and communication objectives and expected competencies of orientee's and students 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: Rotating Shifts Compressed/Flexible: Not Authorized Telework: Not Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Liz Licea at Liz.Licea@va.gov and Mykia Hopkins at Mykia.Hopkins@va.gov for any questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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