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Job Title:RN Academic Partnership Faculty (VANA)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-553-14-KAB-1005589

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$52,876.00 to $89,734.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 to Monday, December 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part Time 40 hours - Excepted Service Time-Limited NTE 5/10/2014

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Detroit, MI View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:


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.

NOTE:  Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected. 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

This position is a time limited assignment beginning in December 2013 through May 10, 2014.

 

VANA is a formal academic-service partnership with the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM).



TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

DUTIES:

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The Academic Partnership Faculty Nurse is a registered Professional Nurse who collaborates in the assessment, planning, coordinated provision, and evaluation of the baccalaureate clinical education program with the designated partnership university.  The Nurse maintains faculty status with the designated university school of nursing, participating in activities which promote the goals of the academic-service partnership.  The nurse functions as a clinical role model, educator, and researcher with students, nursing staff and faculty peers.  The Nurse integrates unit-based Evidence Based Nursing Practice (EBP) to improve nursing care to Veterans and achieve optimal student outcomes.

The Academic Partnership Faculty Nurse executes responsibilities as a university-appointed instructor/faculty member in the areas of education, clinical practice, administration/management, and EBP.  The Nurse is responsible for course preparation, clinical instruction and supervision of students assigned for clinical rotations at the VA and in University-based teaching assignments.  During this semester, the Nurse will assist with fundamental skills clinical laboratory instructions at the university and clinical instruction at the VA.  The Academic Partnership Faculty Nurse is responsible for the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the on-going evidence-based practice Dedicated Education Unit (EDU) model within the medical center, serving as a mentor to nursing staff and students in the dissemination and utilization of clinical evidence to improve and support nursing practice.  The Nurse participates as a faculty member in university-based activities, including course and level meetings, faculty inservices and on-going curriculum evaluation.  The Nurse serves as an expert resource to the University on clinical practice and Veteran-centric care needs in support of the VHA mission.  The Nurse contributes to a professional practice environment through participation in evidence based practice projects, recruitment and retention activities, and other nursing/medical center committees.

Work Schedule:  This a part time (0.5 FTE), time limited assignment. 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

  • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • 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 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)
  • 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.  
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:  

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.


GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
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.     

Reference:  VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

1.  Bachelor's Degree in Nursing is required.  Master's Degree in Nursing preferred.

2.  Master's Degree in Nursing from an NLNAC/CCNE accredited school of nursing and approximately 3 to 4 years of successful nursing practice is preferred.

3.  Teaching experience with ADN, BSN or MSN students preferred.

4.  Knowledge of evidence based practice and/or research is preferred.

5.  Meets the requirements for appointment to the faculty in the school of nursing at the university partnering in the VA Nursing Academy (VANA).



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 of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements:
This position requires physical and mental capability to practice nursing in designated clinical setting including supervision and assistance to nursing students providing direct patient care.  Work involves patient transfers, lifting, bending, carrying of supplies and equipment, patient repositioning, extensive walking and prolonged standing without assistive/corrective device.  Use of patient care equipment designated for Safe Patient Handling required.  Must be able to sit and stand at intervals utilizing the computer to review and document in the electronic medical record and perform bar code medication administration.  Direct patient contact may include exposure to infected patients and contaminated materials, requiring ability to don protective clothing in isolation or operative/invasive procedures.  May be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia or psychiatric disorders.  Must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working closely with others, must be effective in stressful situations, and be able to shift priorities based on patient and learner needs.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.


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://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp.

OTHER INFORMATION:

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

Performance Based Intervierw questions may be used.  For more information visist http://www.va.gov/pbi.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 09, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1.  VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf) (required).

2.  Copy fo Resume or CV (required).

3.  Copy of unofficial transcript (required).

4.  Copy of current, full and unrestricted license (required).

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1005589.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 09, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Patricia Y. Smith
Phone: (313)576-1000x64176
Email: PATRICIA-Y.SMITH@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Detroit VAMC
John D Dingell VA Medical Center
Human Resources 001HR
4646 John R
Detroit, MI
48201

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-553-14-KAB-1005589

Control Number:

356507400