The incumbent practices as an RN in the Surgery Specialty Clinic and/or ENT/Ortho Clinic within the Nursing Service Line. Trained staff may provide staffing coverage for other specialty areas and hospital as needed. Will be assigned responsibilities from the Charge Nurse of Surgery Specialty Clinic or ENT/Ortho. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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: Two years of successful orthopedic nursing is preferred with familiarity of orthopedic surgery/processes or two years of med/surg equivalent experience required. 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (8-9 hours); Standing (8-9 hours); Repeated bending (8-9 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted); Environmental Factors: Outside and Inside; Excessive noise, intermittent; Constant noise; Slippery or uneven walking surfaces; Working closely with others; Working alone. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Surgery Specialty Clinic Registered Nurse is a professional nurse accountable for coordinating the care of patients by establishing and maintaining mutual understanding between the different areas of care within the medical community. Those responsibilities include: Maintaining clinic flow by checking patients in and out. Assisting providers with minor procedures (joint injections, nasopharyngeal endoscopies, cystoscopies, minor surgeries - removing suspicious lesions of the skin, and minor wound management). Telephone triage. Suture removal. Obtaining medical histories and vital signs from patients. Stocking and cleaning of the clinic. Management of walk in patients. Functioning and ongoing collaboration between the patients, physicians, co-workers and other appropriate health care team members. The Surgery Specialty Clinic RN works in a supplementary and complementary role with the physician rather than duplicating and substituting actions. The nurse will be assigned as a preceptor to new or less experienced staff and/or as charge nurse or assistant charge nurse. The nurse will be involved in department and hospital wide committees. Customer service is a core competency of this position and strong customer service skills are imperative. The incumbent will possess the following: Have the ability to respond to patients and staff tactfully and effectively, both orally and in writing, in order to meet program objectives. Effectively deal with conflict and problems involving customers and staff in a constructive and appropriate manner. Will serve both internal and external customers. This includes patients, family members, physicians, LIPS, nurses, volunteers and allied health professionals and VA employees. Strive to meet the needs of all their customers while supporting the VHA mission. Interact with customers and co-workers in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. He/she will provide customers with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Ensure productivity is maintained at the established level for the program for which he/she is responsible. Handle conflict and problems relating to all customers in a constructive and appropriate professional manner. Relationships with internal, external and the general public are consistently courteous, respectful, and cooperative in nature. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Not set schedule. Days could be Monday - Friday; Hours can be between 8:00am-4:30pm. As needed by service line. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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