· U.S. citizenship
· English language proficiency
· Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
· Registration Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The RN must maintain a current, full active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with the VA
· Extensive Knowledge of computer software used for work processing such as VISTA, CPRS, WORD, the preparation of charts, graphs, and tables such as Excel and Power Point.
· Demonstrates the ability to interact both verbally and nonverbally with patients, visitors and staff in a courteous and respectful manner.
· Educational requirements can be met as follows:
(1) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed: a) The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); or b) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). OR
(2) 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. OR
(3) 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 following requirements are preferred for this position:
· At a minimum, applicants should possess experience as an RN that is determined to be sustained and consistently at or above an acceptable level of quality. This may include experience as a Graduate Nurse Technician (GNT) provided that candidate was utilized as a professional nurse and passed the State licensing (board) examination on the first attempt, and experience as Nurse Technician Pending Graduation provided the candidate possessed an active, current registration to practice nursing in a State and was utilized as a professional nurse. Professional nursing experience should be documented on the Application for Employment Nurse and Nurse Anesthetists (VA Form 10-2850a).
Note: VA Qualification Standard for the Nurse II-RN Prescribes the s/he:
· Demonstrates leadership and mastery of practice in delivering efficient, comprehensive, and continuous patient driven holistic care through active collaboration, communication and coordination of resources.
· Considers all characteristics of the individual, including sex and role identification, age, life stage, state of health, race, culture, socio-economic status, values and beliefs in order to assist each patient with the improvement of his/her health status to the maximum potential.
· Utilizes core elements of performance including knowledge and active participation in unit/service level quality improvement processes, such as the customer service program.
The following qualifications are highly desirable; however, not mandatory in order to apply:
· Previous on-site study monitoring experience.
· At least five years as a Psychiatric Study Nurse Coordinator.
· Professional certification.
· Ability and experience managing regulatory issues related to the conduct of psychiatric clinical trial that is part of a larger multi-site national clinical trial with little if any training. Demonstrates experiences working with patients who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injuries and amputation.
· Demonstrates skill and experience in managing psychiatric clinical trial including recruitment, obtaining informed consent, screening, enrolling, and providing clinical follow-up care and completing all electronic data entry procedures on a timely basis according to protocol with little or any training.
· Ability to communicate effectively with patients and their families, hospital staff, local and national regulatory and study administrative entities.
Applicants education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standard Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Experience 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2009.
Salary determination will be based on a recommendation by the Professional Standards Board and approved by the Medical Center Director.
NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.
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.
· Nurse I Level I An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
· Nurse I Level II An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an AND or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
· Nurse I Level III An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an AND or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Masters degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.
· Nurse II A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or AND or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Masters degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.
· Nurse III Masters degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.
For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.