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:
Accreditation Commission for
Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly known as 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.
Current certification in BLS.
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. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
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.
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
PHYSICAL STANDARDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:
-Heavy lifting 45 pounds and over
-Heavy carrying 45 pounds and over
-Straight pulling (1-2 hrs)
-Pushing (1-2 hrs)
-Reaching above shoulder (1-2 hrs)
-Walking (2-4 hrs)
-Standing (2-6 hrs)
-Repeated bending (1-2 hrs)
-Use of fingers
-Use of both hands
-Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously
-Near vision correctable
-Far vision correctable
-Hearing (aide permitted)
-Work closely with others, as well as, protracted or irregular hours of work
BSN or active enrollment in a BSN program is required.
Certification as Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse from a VA approved certifying body is preferred.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé and submit a DD Form 214, which is required. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
- Two (2) years of successful professional (RN) nursing experience is required
- Two (2) years of successful Psychiatric Nursing Experience is preferred
- Basic Computer Skills, including Excel and Power Point, is preferred
- Ability to work flexible hours is preferred
- Working knowledge of The Joint Commission (JC) accreditation process is preferred
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.