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Job Title:Staff Nurse - GI Lab Case Management

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:13-800585-ETP

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$65,013.00 to $118,348.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Wednesday, December 19, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Los Angeles, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 

 

 

 

 

The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is seeking a highly skilled and experienced staff nurse to provide case management  to patients and families receiving services in the Department of Gastroenterology. He/she is accountable for adhering to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice. The case management nurse demonstrates leadership when providing and improving patient care. The incumbent reports directly to the ACNS for Medical Surgical Nursing. The staff nurse serves as a role model when functioning as team leader under the supervision of the ACNS for Medical Surgical Nursing or designee.

 

 

*Relocation reimbursement is not authorized.

 

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing may be required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:

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Specific Duties include:

1.       Demonstrates knowledge and skill in performing nursing procedures applicable to practice area. Identifies the need for new or revised policies, procedures, standards, or guidelines.

2.       Develops and involves patient/family in establishing realistic, measurable goals, planning care, discharge planning, and patient education. Initiates and completes documentation in the medical record to reflect teaching and outcomes.

3.        Demonstrates sound clinical judgment and leadership in improving patient care through the use of the nursing process for patients requiring specialized or complex care prior to procedure (eg colonoscopy education /preparation), during procedure and after endoscopic procedure: pre-procedure intake, intra-procedural nursing care and post procedure recovery.

4.       Utilizes the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, document,  address any patient special needs and evaluate the options and services that will meet the patient’s health needs across the continuum from pre-procedure to –post procedure and return to PACT.

5.        Procures and coordinates healthcare resources based upon patient need.  Identifies potential problems involving resources and/or safety and takes action to avert or manage the issues or situation.

6.        Evaluates and revises the plan of care based upon changing needs, barriers to care, and availability of resources.

7.        Documents observations, assessments, interventions, and outcomes in CPRS

8.       Acts as an advocate in educating patient and family on resources and in facilitating patient self-determination.

9.         Serves as a resource for patients and families throughout the pre and post procedure recovery process

10.     Utilizes interventions, which maximize health capabilities (e.g., safely administers medications, utilizes techniques for management of patient behavior, provides appropriate activities to enhance psycho-social and physical functioning of patient).  Actively supports or participates in preparing patients for successful completion of GI procedures, such as teaching patients on preparation process for colonoscopy, procedures for NPO prior to procedure, use of medications prior to procedure etc

11.       Demonstrates clinical expertise in medication use in procedural sedation and the reversal agents that may need to be given. Demonstrates competence in administration of IV medication used in GI procedural sedation.

12.         Demonstrates clinical competence in performing assessment pre-procedural/pre-operatively ( intake) and post procedural or post operatively

13.     Implements and documents nursing interventions/orders and physician orders in a timely and accurate manner.

14       Initiates and documents teaching and discharge planning based on patient/family’s identified needs, seeking assistance as needed.

15.       Evaluates and documents patient response/progress towards attainment of goals/expected outcomes.

16.       Consistently completes patient care assignments, including documentation, by the end of tour of duty.

17.       Takes a leadership role in initiating effective action in emergencies. Directs others as indicated to maintain a safe and therapeutic environment. Examples may include: life threatening emergencies, disturbed behavior management, internal or external disaster.

18.         Promotes the least restrictive environment that maximizes patient’s functional status.

19.        Follows established safety and infection control standards, policies and procedures.

20.         Takes a leadership role in utilizing problem-solving methodologies to resolve system or process problems that impact on patient care or staff performance at the unit/team level.

21.       Delegates patient care duties and assignments based upon patient care needs and competencies of providers. Considers position descriptions, and functional statements in making assignments.

22.       Actively participates in ad hoc, nursing and/or hospital wide committees, particularly Nursing Shared Governance

23.      Complies with and ensures the staff adheres to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for pre-cleaning, reprocessing/cleaning Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) as defined by “Spaulding Classification.” RME is classified as Critical Equipment - Class 1, Semi- Critical Equipment - Class 2, and Non-Critical - Class 3. RME cleaning will be done in accordance to the schedule on the unit.

24.       Maintains training and annual competencies for administration of Moderate Sedation.

25.       Demonstrates competence in equipment used in CPC/GI Procedures, CPC Recovery/PACU, and OR. Demonstrates competence in use of computerized systems that support patient care and patient procedures e.g. Pentax, Olympus, ERBE, CPRS, BCMA, iMed Consent etc.

26.        Maintains annual training and competencies for use and operation of the equipment used in CPC GI Procedures.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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The Staff Nurse is a citizen of the United States and is currently licensed as a Registered Nurse with an active, current, full and unrestricted license. The incumbent is a graduate of a state approved nursing school or one accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). He/she has an Associate Degree or Diploma and approximately two to three years of successful nursing practice or has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with two to three years of successful nursing practice; or a master’s degree in nursing with one to two years of successful nursing practice; or a master’s degree in a field related to nursing and a BSN from an accredited or state approved school of nursing with one to two years of successful nursing practice; or a doctoral degree in nursing or related field. Maintaining a current BLS/ACLS certification is required for this position. Annual training for administration of Moderate Sedation is required and competencies maintained. He/she has the physical and mental capability to satisfactorily perform assigned duties.

 

Minimum of 2  years of successful, independent  RN practice.

Must be self-motivated, assertive with good interpersonal skills, and able to communicate both orally and in writing.

Applicants will need a solid understanding of basic computer skills/programs and the ability to learn new programs specific to the VA with knowledge of applied systems theory.

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.   

A Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) is preferred.

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

Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from the American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers.

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board (NPSB) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Experience as a 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.  Education/Experience Requirements: 

  • 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 ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's 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 ADN 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 Master's 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 ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's 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 - Master's 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.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants 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 accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for Compensable Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.  You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits 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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850a IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Employees ONLY:
  1. Memo to be uploaded - Include your (1) Full Name, (2) Current Department, (3) Contact Number, (4) Signature and (5) VIN 486947 (required)
  2. Resume to be uploaded - with references (required)
  3. Answer the online Questionnaire (required) 

All other applicants must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume (required)
  2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/job-search/applications.asp) This is a required form and must be submitted prior to appointment
  3. If you need additional space to describe your nursing professional experience, please also include the Nurse Application Addendum with your documents (Available at  http://www.losangeles.va.gov/documents/nurseApplicationAddendumFillable.pdf).
  4. Please list all nursing experience, including LVN/LPN (if applicable).
  5. If you have mixed work experience at an employer (e.g. LVN and RN) the time worked must be listed as separate entries according the the position held.
  6. If working part-time, the number of hours per week must be listed.
  7. All licenses ever held must be listed including other fields (e.g. RT, EMT, LVN, CNA, etc.)
  8. Transcripts [all levels of nursing education (ie. LVN/LPN), if applicable]. This is a required form and must be submitted to verify education.
  9. 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. A Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGNFS) certificate is required.  For those with a BSN degree, documentation of degree equivalency is required to be comparable to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the United States. 

  10. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/OF306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted prior to appointment.
  11. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for compensable Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850a IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.  

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: Online Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 800585.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

*The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Any materials you send will not be returned.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Nursing Recruitment
Phone: (310)268-4642
Email: V22GLANURSERECRUITER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
Nursing Service
11301 Wilshire Blvd
Building 500 Room 6215 Mail Code 118HR
Los Angeles, CA
90073

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


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Job Announcement Number:

13-800585-ETP

Control Number:

332940900