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REGISTERED NURSE, Community Living Center Behavioral Unit (Waco)

VA Medical Center


Location:
Waco, TX
Date:
02/08/2018
2018-02-082018-03-17
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Job Details


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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX. Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College State. NO STATE TAXES!

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate, holistic care to our veterans in the Community Living Center that promotes providing care in a homelike setting?

This position requires the incumbent to able to demonstrate competency in therapeutic communication.


Comprehensive training is provided on various patient care initiative programs, such as Hand and Hand Dementia Capable Care and STAR VA, that include training on managing patients with aggressive behavioral conditions related to dementia/memory deficits.

Newly licensed Registered Nurses working in their first RN position will be required to participate in the RN Transition to Practice Program. The RN Transition to Practice Program is a comprehensive 12-month standardized curriculum that has both didactic and clinical components. The program is designed to assist the new RN to transition from entry-level, advanced beginner nurse to competent professional RN.

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.


Duties

Tour of Duty: Rotation of tours will be required. 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, 3:30 pm to 12:00 pm, 11:30 pm - 8:00 am. Twelve hours duty of tour may be available such as 0730-2000, 1930-0800, 1130-2400, 2330-1200 if needs of facility are met. Unit is operational 24 hours a day; seven days a week.

This is a new 11 bed, all private rooms code alert neighborhood located at the Doris Miller VAMC, building 91. This inpatient Community Living Center neighborhood provides comprehensive care to residents with chronic aggressive behavior, and mental health conditions. Care of these residents is provided and managed by an integrated, interdisciplinary team that consists of a geriatrician, psychiatrist, Psychologist, nursing, social worker, recreation therapist, pharmacy and a psychologist. The team uses a collaborative behavioral and HATCH model approach to providing nursing home care in developing a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan that includes behavioral management protocols, promotes resident- centered care that supports quality of life and quality of care consistent with long term care standards with a focus on preserving veteran's rights, dignity and self-image.

The incumbent selected for this position is responsible to the Nurse Manager. CTVHCS is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Transferring patients and objects may be required.
The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.
The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders.
The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital.
The incumbent must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds.
Willing to work cooperatively as a member of a team in all assignments.
Self-motivated in the pursuit of meeting professional work standards.
Provides a full range of nursing care (planning, delivery, coordinating, accountability) to patients with complex care needs utilizing the nursing process based on the ANA Standards of Nursing Practice, VHA Directives, and local policies.
Initiates and implements interdisciplinary plan of care based on assessments.
Makes caring for the veteran his/her priority while in the work setting and demonstrates customer service principles in all aspects of work.
Works flexible hours and tours of duty.
Primary worksite is Waco; however, travel to other system facilities (Austin, Temple, CBOCs, etc.) is required to accomplish duties and responsibilities.

Functional Statement: Registered Nurse







graph of estimated pay ranges
$50,787

$99,772





Job Details



Application Open Date

2/7/2018



Application Close Date

2/16/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

United States Citizens



Status

Full-Time




























  • 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.

      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 or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, 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.
      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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.
      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.

      Preferred Experience:

      1. BSN and approximately 2-3 years of experience; or

      2. MSN and approximately 1-2 years of experience; Masters in a field related to nursing and a BSN and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or

      3. Doctoral degree in nursing, or in a field related to nursing and no experience.

      Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.




  • 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 02/16/2018 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: 1


      Job Position: CBAW-1013269-18-DC-195




      Tour of Duty: Rotation of tours will be required. 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, 3:30 pm to 12:00 pm, 11:30 pm - 8:00 am. Twelve hours duty of tour may be available such as 0730-2000, 1930-0800, 1130-2400, 2330-1200 if needs of facility are met. Unit is operational 24 hours a day; seven days a week.

      This is a new 11 bed, all private rooms code alert neighborhood located at the Doris Miller VAMC, building 91. This inpatient Community Living Center neighborhood provides comprehensive care to residents with chronic aggressive behavior, and mental health conditions. Care of these residents is provided and managed by an integrated, interdisciplinary team that consists of a geriatrician, psychiatrist, Psychologist, nursing, social worker, recreation therapist, pharmacy and a psychologist. The team uses a collaborative behavioral and HATCH model approach to providing nursing home care in developing a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan that includes behavioral management protocols, promotes resident- centered care that supports quality of life and quality of care consistent with long term care standards with a focus on preserving veteran's rights, dignity and self-image.

      The incumbent selected for this position is responsible to the Nurse Manager. CTVHCS is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing.

      Duties include but are not limited to:

      Transferring patients and objects may be required.
      The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.
      The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders.
      The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
      This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital.
      The incumbent must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds.
      Willing to work cooperatively as a member of a team in all assignments.
      Self-motivated in the pursuit of meeting professional work standards.
      Provides a full range of nursing care (planning, delivery, coordinating, accountability) to patients with complex care needs utilizing the nursing process based on the ANA Standards of Nursing Practice, VHA Directives, and local policies.
      Initiates and implements interdisciplinary plan of care based on assessments.
      Makes caring for the veteran his/her priority while in the work setting and demonstrates customer service principles in all aspects of work.
      Works flexible hours and tours of duty.
      Primary worksite is Waco; however, travel to other system facilities (Austin, Temple, CBOCs, etc.) is required to accomplish duties and responsibilities.

      Functional Statement: Registered Nurse






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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