The Western Blind Rehabilitation Center is a 27-bed residential unit. The Registered Nurses is a skilled practitioner with specialized knowledge of the pathophysiology, psychosocial, and special care needs of individuals with visual impairments as a consequence of eye disease, chronic illness, brain injuries, and diabetes. 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: Current Basic Life Support (BLS) provider card issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN). At least one (1) year of full-time experience as a licensed professional Registered Nurse. Registered Nurse experience in Geriatrics, Rehabilitation or Long-Term care setting. Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse Certification (CRRN). Registered Nurse experience with specialized knowledge of the pathophysiology, psychosocial, special care of individuals with visual impairments as a consequence of eye disease, chronic illness, brain injuries, and diabetes. 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. 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: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The WBRC RN works within an interdisciplinary framework to support the health, quality of life, and independence of veterans and active-duty service personnel with visual impairments. These objectives are accomplished by providing excellence in quality of care, patient outcomes, and promoting patient education. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Performs comprehensive systematic nursing assessments Provides care for the visually impaired patients with medical needs through coordination of services, demonstrating an organized and systematic process for problem solving and prioritizing the delivery of care. Establishes collaborative goals with the patient and interdisciplinary team. Implements measurable and achievable patient specific short- and long-term goals/interventions. Evaluates the effectiveness of the treatment plan/goals on an on-going basis. Documents in accordance with hospital policies. Functions as a Team Leader, Charge Nurse, and Primary Care Registered Nurse as assigned. Continually analyzes and evaluates unit functions and activities in order to improve care to patients. Functions as an integral member of the interdisciplinary team to plan, deliver coordinated patient care and is responsible for accurate clinical assessments, interventions, evaluations and documentation. Provides therapeutic rehabilitation environment. Provides patient education and participate in multidisciplinary discharge planning. Assists in the orientation and teaching of nursing personnel and students. Participates in VAPAHCS service improvement model and evidence-based activities. Plays active role in interdisciplinary committees to enhance design and develop performance improvement efforts. Work Schedule: Intermittent, 8:00am - 4:30pm (NOTE: Shifts may vary depending on patient care needs)\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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