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Registered Nurse (5 North)

VA Medical Center


Location:
Denver, CO
Date:
04/03/2018
2018-04-032018-05-10
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Job Details


Summary

The Denver VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) is complexity level 1a and provides a full range of state-of- the-art patient care services. We are also in the final stages of construction on a brand-new replacement Medical Center. Once completed, the new Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center will be one of the largest and newest VA hospitals in the US. The RMR VAMC will be a 182-bed hospital which will include a 30-bed spinal care injury treatment center. Located on the world class Anschutz Medical Campus, the new VA hospital will neighbor with the University of Colorado Hospital, the Children's Hospital of Colorado, and the University of Colorado Schools of Medicine, Nursing,
Dentistry, Public Health and Pharmacy. Denver offers a mild climate with year-round recreational activities, diverse cultural attractions, excellent schools and a wide range of housing options, lifestyles and sports. It will provide tertiary care and services to over 92,000 patients and is a major referral center for veterans living in Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, and New Mexico. ECHCS serves as an educational and research center, it is highly affiliated with medical and educational institutions. Health Care Services are provided at 15 different geographically dispersed locations incorporating nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics, two Primary Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinics, one Community Living Center,
Homeless Veteran's Domiciliary, a Community Referral and Resource Center, a Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center and VA presence on two DOD bases; Fort Carson and U.S. Air Force Academy covering a geographical area of over 40,000 square miles. ECHCS employs over 3,000 personnel in 150 occupations.


Work Schedule: Tour of Duty is 40 hours work week. Staff is required to be available to work 24/7 Sunday- Saturday. The tour of duty is generally a combination of twelve and eight-hour shifts including days, evening, nights, weekends and holidays.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required




Duties

The selectee will be assigned to 5 North a highly acute medical/surgical/telemetry/oncology unit providing care to a veteran population with widely diverse medical, cardiac, neurological and hematology/oncology diagnoses in varying stages of the disease process, including end of life. The Registered Nurse is responsible and accountable as primary nurse for a defined group of patients during the shift of assignment. The Registered Nurse assumes responsibility and accountability for individual judgments and actions and acts as a client advocate. He/she must have excellent communication skills and interprets, adheres to, and communicates nursing service goals, objectives, policies and procedures to staff, patients and the health care team. Based on education, experience, and competency, the nurse may be assigned responsibilities as preceptor and/or charge nurse. The nurse functions as a resource for colleagues as needed. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required upon hire and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification is required within one year of hire. After a minimum of 6 months all registered nurses on 5North are required to complete the Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy/Biotherapy course to administer chemotherapy/biotherapy.
Determining the needs of the patient and providing for the delivery of quality nursing care
Initiating the nursing process
Completing accurate and expedient documentation within the medical record
Identifying emergent situations and initiating the necessary interventions in conjunction with the patient and others
Working collaboratively by communicating and interacting effectively with all disciplines, patients and patients' families
Applying knowledge and appropriate use of internal and external resources








graph of estimated pay ranges
$70,762

$117,957





Job Details



Application Open Date

3/30/2018



Application Close Date

4/12/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

None



Status

None




























  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section

    • Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

      Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

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

      It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

      United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      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.

      Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

      If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.





  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section

    • Basic Requirements:
      • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
      • 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 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. OR 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
      • 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.
      Preferred Experience: Experience in Direct Patient Care

      Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
      • Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
      • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
      • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
      • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
      • Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree.
      Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

      Physical Requirements:
      Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds and over
      Heavy Carrying 54 pounds and over
      Straight pulling (2-6 hours)
      Pushing (2-6 hours)
      Reaching above shoulder
      Use of fingers
      Both hands required
      Walking (5-9 hours)
      Standing (4-8 hours)
      Kneeling (1-2 hours
      Repeated bending (2-4 hours)
      Climbing, legs only (1-2 hours)
      Twisting (2-4 hours)

      ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS
      Excessive noise, intermittent
      Constant noise
      Radiant energy
      Electrical energy
      Slippery or uneven surfaces
      Working around moving objects and vehicles
      Unusual fatigue factors
      Working with hands in water
      Working closely with others
      Working alone
      Heavy patient care
      Rotating/Multiple shifts





  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section





  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section

    • All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/12/2018 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 USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
      2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

      NOTE: 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 USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.




  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section

    • Series: 0610-Nurse


      Job Pay Type: Per Year


      Job Openings: 3


      Job Position: DE-10173316-18-TL




      The selectee will be assigned to 5 North a highly acute medical/surgical/telemetry/oncology unit providing care to a veteran population with widely diverse medical, cardiac, neurological and hematology/oncology diagnoses in varying stages of the disease process, including end of life. The Registered Nurse is responsible and accountable as primary nurse for a defined group of patients during the shift of assignment. The Registered Nurse assumes responsibility and accountability for individual judgments and actions and acts as a client advocate. He/she must have excellent communication skills and interprets, adheres to, and communicates nursing service goals, objectives, policies and procedures to staff, patients and the health care team. Based on education, experience, and competency, the nurse may be assigned responsibilities as preceptor and/or charge nurse. The nurse functions as a resource for colleagues as needed. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required upon hire and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification is required within one year of hire. After a minimum of 6 months all registered nurses on 5North are required to complete the Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy/Biotherapy course to administer chemotherapy/biotherapy.
      Determining the needs of the patient and providing for the delivery of quality nursing care
      Initiating the nursing process
      Completing accurate and expedient documentation within the medical record
      Identifying emergent situations and initiating the necessary interventions in conjunction with the patient and others
      Working collaboratively by communicating and interacting effectively with all disciplines, patients and patients' families
      Applying knowledge and appropriate use of internal and external resources







Best Care / Best Careers

To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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