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Job Title:RN-Staff Nurse - KIDNEY TRANSPLANT NURSE COORDINATOR

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JP-13-836628-ST

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$55,237.00 to $92,174.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, February 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Harris County, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): JP-13-ST-836628

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?

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities 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/ .  

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR A

 

 KIDNEY TRANSPLANT COORDINATOR

 

TWO POSITIONS

OPERATIVE CARE LINE

 

Available Tours:

 

TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

 

Responsibilities:  The incumbent will be a transplant staff nurse in the OR and must have the knowledge base and ability to coordinate nursing care, manage the area and monitor compliance for positive outcomes.  The responsibilities will be accomplished while promoting the utilization of sound clinical judgment in the implementation of the nursing process to provide systematic patient care.  This key role provides comprehensive patient care to and coordinates multidisciplinary care for transplant candidates. Duties include, but are not limited to: designing patient pre-transplant evaluations, including clinical work-ups; triaging all pre-transplant candidate phone calls, coordinating scheduling, preparation and follow-up for procedures and diagnostic studies; scheduling of all pre, and post-hospitalization medical procedures, testing, clinic visits and meetings and coordination of data collection and documentation requirements.


Additional criteria include but are not limited to:

 

                

·         Ability to utilize the nursing process in the management of life-threatening interventions.

·         Ability to identify and coordinate the resolution of interdisciplinary patient care problems.

·         Ability to coordinate the delivery of nursing care.

·         Ability to utilize time management strategies to prioritize staff workload distribution.

·         Ability to correspond and report in an accurate and timely manner.

·         Ability to utilize sound judgment in making administrative decisions including the ability to accurately interpret and implement VAMC and Nursing policies.

·         Demonstrated dependability and flexibility.

·         Must be willing to work flexible tours including weekend coverage

·         Demonstrated ability to be self-directive.

·         Demonstrated ability to implement and guide staff through emergency situations.

·         Demonstrated ability to learn numerous skills in operating computerized equipment necessary for the efficient and effective care of the peri-operative specialty patient.

·         Demonstrated ability to accurately perform, document, and evaluate nursing care interventions and patient responses at a rapid pace.

·         Ability to successfully collaborate with all members of the interdisciplinary treatment team.

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills.

·         Demonstrated ability to teach patient's family or significant others aspects of pre-, intra-, and post- operative care

PHYSICAL STANDARDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS RELATING TO THE ABILITY TO FUNCTION IN THE ROLE IS REQUIRED:

-Heavy lifting 50 pounds and over

-Heavy carrying 50 pounds and over

-Straight pulling (1-2 hours)

-Pushing (1-2 hours)

-Walking (2-4 hours)

-Standing (2-6 hours)

-Use of fingers

-Both hands required

-Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously

-Near vision correctable

-Far vision correctable

-Depth perception

-Hearing (aide permitted)

-Work closely with others, as well as, protracted or irregular hours of work

-Use stretchers to transfer patients and use patient lifts, if applicable



 

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

 

Basic Requirements:

·         BSN from an NLN accredited program  Required

·         THREE years of recent and successful Kidney Transplant nursing practice, Required.

·          Transplant Nurse Certification preferred

 

                  Citizen of the United States.  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).  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.  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.    Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board 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


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 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative 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:

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 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.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Assessment Questions
  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 Vacancy ID: JP-ST-13-836628.  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 Friday, February 15, 2013



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please read the announcement in its entirety before applying ensuring all required documentation under the How to Apply section (REQUIRED DOCUMENTS) is submitted before the application deadline.

(All APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE, IF UNABLE, FAX APPLICATION AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TO THE FAX NUMBER BELOW)

You 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.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf) (required).

3.   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 with your application.

4.  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 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).

5.   If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (REQUIRED).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Samantha Townsend
Phone: (713)791-1414x5770
Email: SAMANTHA.TOWNSEND@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Houston VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
Michael E DeBakey VAMC 2002 Holcombe BL
Room 4A-149
Houston, TX
77030-4298

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:

JP-13-836628-ST

Control Number:

337013000