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Registered Nurse, Traveling Veteran Coordinator

VA Medical Center


Location:
Temple, TX
Date:
04/20/2018
2018-04-202018-05-26
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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!

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.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
  • VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required) Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf ) Application 10-2850a is required to be considered for this position. Please complete the form in its entirety. If you answer "YES" to questions 30 through 38, please attach a separate sheet of paper with a brief explanation for each question to which you answered "Yes". Application information must be current and not older than a year. Outdated and incomplete applications will be ineligible for consideration.
  • Resume: Your resume must include the following information for each job that you list: Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses ; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time, part-time status, PRN (include hours worked per week). Resume information must current and not older than a year.

If you fail to submit the required documents you will be considered ineligible for further consideration.

"Veterans' preference does not apply for current permanent Federal agency employees as long as they are listed as part of the area of consideration."


Duties

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. although other day tours may be required.

This position is not telework eligible. The TVC RN provides patient-centered coordination of care for traveling Veterans to assist Veterans requesting health care during extended travel away from home. The TVC works with PACT or specialty care providers to coordinate care between the preferred and alternate facilities for Veterans on extended travel. The TVC assists Veterans to obtain bridge supplies of medications, provides non-face-to-face care, enters orders for provider signature for needed labs, imaging, etc., and collaborates with a PACT or specialty care physician to ensure appropriate referrals or consults are placed as needed. The TVC monitors the Patient Care Management Module to ensure Veterans are not dual enrolled, except under specific circumstances.

The TVC collaborates with the designated VA provider and pharmacy to meet the pharmacologic needs of the traveling Veteran. The TVC establishes and maintains effective working relationships with TVCs at other VA facilities and remains abreast of TVC Program changes or revisions. The TVC provides ongoing information and education related to the TVC program to PACT teams and specialty care providers to ensure understanding and provide information and data. Actions intrafacility consults initiated by CTX providers. The TVC serves as a back-up RN for the Purchased Skilled Home Care/Home Infusion Therapy program, and as such, reviews Care in the Community (CITC) consults and authorizes care as outlined by the ordering physician. Collaborates with home health agencies as needed to ensure Veterans receive the required care in a timely manner.

The TVC maintains a tracking system to ensure appropriate and timely follow through for assigned responsibilities and to prepare and provide workload reporting. Monitors the Choice Program's National Contractor's web portal to track status of CITC referrals, assist veterans with program questions, respond to Secondary Authorization Requests, and to download results. Reviews results to determine if CITC consults can be marked as complete. Initiates referrals to other disciplines and/or services as appropriate. Utilizes appropriate criteria when reviewing TVC/CITC consults. Contacts requesting physicians when additional information is required or concerns are identified. Ensures appropriate supporting clinical data is available for each consult reviewed. Follows established clinical protocols to order basic laboratory or imaging tests to process TVC/CITC consults/referrals. Performs follow-up activities with patients and/or vendors to ensure timely response. Conducts focused reviews for clinical input on a consultative basis. The TVC RN demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. The incumbent is directly responsible to the CITC Program Coordinator.

Functional Statement Title: Registered Nurse II, Traveling Veteran Coordinator, Patient Administration Service






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$50,784

$99,772





Job Details



Application Open Date

4/14/2018



Application Close Date

4/30/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

None



Status

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

    • Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling and pushing. 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.

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

      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.

      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:
      • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) preferred.
      • Three to four years of clinical nursing experience in the acute medical, surgical, or psychiatric setting preferred.
      • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical staff.
      • Demonstrates effective time management skills.
      • Knowledge of VA regulations, policies and procedures related to Veteran eligibility for NonVA care.
      • Demonstrated expertise in use of CPRS, VistA, and Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Word and Excel).
      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 04/30/2018~ 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-10188133-18-Nsi-359




      Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. although other day tours may be required.

      This position is not telework eligible. The TVC RN provides patient-centered coordination of care for traveling Veterans to assist Veterans requesting health care during extended travel away from home. The TVC works with PACT or specialty care providers to coordinate care between the preferred and alternate facilities for Veterans on extended travel. The TVC assists Veterans to obtain bridge supplies of medications, provides non-face-to-face care, enters orders for provider signature for needed labs, imaging, etc., and collaborates with a PACT or specialty care physician to ensure appropriate referrals or consults are placed as needed. The TVC monitors the Patient Care Management Module to ensure Veterans are not dual enrolled, except under specific circumstances.

      The TVC collaborates with the designated VA provider and pharmacy to meet the pharmacologic needs of the traveling Veteran. The TVC establishes and maintains effective working relationships with TVCs at other VA facilities and remains abreast of TVC Program changes or revisions. The TVC provides ongoing information and education related to the TVC program to PACT teams and specialty care providers to ensure understanding and provide information and data. Actions intrafacility consults initiated by CTX providers. The TVC serves as a back-up RN for the Purchased Skilled Home Care/Home Infusion Therapy program, and as such, reviews Care in the Community (CITC) consults and authorizes care as outlined by the ordering physician. Collaborates with home health agencies as needed to ensure Veterans receive the required care in a timely manner.

      The TVC maintains a tracking system to ensure appropriate and timely follow through for assigned responsibilities and to prepare and provide workload reporting. Monitors the Choice Program's National Contractor's web portal to track status of CITC referrals, assist veterans with program questions, respond to Secondary Authorization Requests, and to download results. Reviews results to determine if CITC consults can be marked as complete. Initiates referrals to other disciplines and/or services as appropriate. Utilizes appropriate criteria when reviewing TVC/CITC consults. Contacts requesting physicians when additional information is required or concerns are identified. Ensures appropriate supporting clinical data is available for each consult reviewed. Follows established clinical protocols to order basic laboratory or imaging tests to process TVC/CITC consults/referrals. Performs follow-up activities with patients and/or vendors to ensure timely response. Conducts focused reviews for clinical input on a consultative basis. The TVC RN demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. The incumbent is directly responsible to the CITC Program Coordinator.

      Functional Statement Title: Registered Nurse II, Traveling Veteran Coordinator, Patient Administration Service





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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