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 IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years experience [If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required.] OR Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired and approximately 3-4 years experience.
SELECTIVE PALACEMENTS FACTORS:
1. Minimum of five (5) years of progressive professional nursing practice, as a registered nurse, with demonstrated knowledge and expertise in leadership. required.
QUALITY RANKING FACTORS:
1. Master's degree in Nursing or related field with BSN (NLNAC or CCNE Accredited).
2. Advanced managerial skills: Executive Career Field, Leadership VA, Health Care Leadership Institute or other similar training, preferred.
3. Experience in program implementation and/or management, preferred.
4. Within the last four (4) years, at least two (2) years must have been in a VA Community Living Center or Community equivalent, preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
1. Ability to identify, analyze and resolve problems to improve patient care and outcomes.
2. Lead effectively with interdisciplinary groups to achieve common goals.
3. Knowlegde of quality improvement theory, tools and processes, system redesign principles.
4. Demonstrated competencies in clinical practice, staff development and leadership skills.
5. Management of multiple tasks/work assignments.
6. Comprehensive knowledge of personnel management, development of functional statements/descriptions, position descriptions, recruitment and career development processes.
7. Knowledge and application of the Long Term Care Accreditation Standards.
8. Knowledge and application of the Long Term Care Culture Transformation principles.
9. Knowledge and application of patient safety standards, requirement and regulations and standards of care and practice.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL 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 REQUIREMENTS: The position involves exposure to blood borne pathogens, fine manipulation, standing, walking, bending, crouching, and reaching patients. It requires dealing with the acutely ill, with patients who may display disturbed behaviors, and with stressful situations. Assisting with transferring patients to wheelchairs, may need to escort a patient to other hospital areas.
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 of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
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.