Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (4A) R in Providence, Rhode Island

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Providence, RI
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 12/1/2016 (0 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/9/2016 (8 day(s) away)

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1827133

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

This Registered Nurse position is located in Nursing Service and is a bargaining unit position. This is a permanent full-time position. The work schedule is days from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Duties
  • Maintains responsibility for quality patient care; demonstrate willingness to support change for improvement of patient care and unit operation.
  • Provides skilled nursing care and give guidance to Veterans in the management of their physical and psychosocial needs.
  • Provides a safe, therapeutic environment that protects patient rights.
  • Assesses Veteran's health status by gathering information and identify their actual and potential problems; maintain ongoing assessment of their status based on information gathered by interviewing and observation.
  • Develops a therapeutic relationship with assigned Veterans to coordinate psychosocial treatment with standardized physical nursing care and guidance.
  • Develops care plans using assessment data that integrates medical and nursing therapies including input from patient's family/significant others and other health care team members; evaluate response of Veteran to plan of care and revise patient care to meet changing needs.
  • Collaborates with other health care team members in delivery of health care services according to established standards and patient care principles.
  • Organizes and conduct, as appropriate, various treatment modalities such as individual and group counseling, milieu therapy, etc. Monitor patients' behavior to intervene when appropriate.
  • Educates Veterans in a variety of prevention, health promotion and maintenance interventions.
  • Incorporates results on quality assurance programs in daily patient care activities.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination
  • Designated and random drug testing may be required
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Full unrestricted Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Qualifications

Basic Requirements

U.S. Citizenship: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English. Education: 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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. *The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a Master of Science in Nursing (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) Registration: 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. 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 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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience.

Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows:

  • Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;
  • Professional Development: performance, education/career development;
  • Collaboration: collaboration, collegiality;
  • Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing or a field related to nursing.
  • Familiarity with the overall environment requirements and milieu interventions of an inpatient mental unit.
  • Physical and mental capabilities to perform assignment including the ability to defend oneself or others against aggressive or threatening behaviors.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in problem solving, decision making, and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Highly-motivated, strong interpersonal and organizational skills, dependable and flexible individual with a positive attitude.
  • Documented PMDB training.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf. This can also be found in the local Human Resources Office.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contract for an interview.

Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Standards: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, bending, pulling, pushing, and sitting at a keyboard. Transferring patients and objects may be required. 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. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs and able to manage work activities in a highly technological integrated work environment.

Security Clearance

Other

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made. You may or may not be interviewed.

BENEFITS

Benefits Package: Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

Telework: Telework is not authorized for this position.

Receive Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have serviced as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees' credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. This is not an entitlement and is at the discretion of the Medical Center.

Other Information

Additional Information:

  • Subject to satisfactory completion of our credentialing process.
  • May be subject to a probationary period.
  • It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Salary Range: $61,870.00 to $111,999.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to all U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 453585100

Job Announcement Number: DQ-16-MEW-1827133-R