The Wound Team Advanced Practice Registered Nurse is responsible for assisting program planning and management, delivering patient care utilizing the nursing process and effectively interacting with patients and other health care team members while maintaining standards of professional nursing. 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: Wound care experience 2-3 years experience as RN/Advanced Practice Nurse Skills in collaborating with interdisciplinary teams, managing complex systems, excellent organizational skills and skills in verbal and written communication Certification in Wound/Ostomy 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 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: Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), Straight pulling (6 hours), Pushing (2 hours), Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Both hands required, walking (up to 6 hours), standing (up to 2 hours), Repeated bending (6 hours), Visual acuity 20/30 corrected. ["The Wound Care ARNP acts as a consultant to outpatient, inpatient, resident, primary care, home-based primary care, medical and nursing staff in the care of Spinal Cord Injury patients with a variety of wounds.. The Wound Care ARNP accepts responsibility and accountability for decisions related to the Wound and Skin Care Program, to include managing the wound care staff and providing care to patients with complex wounds using evidence-based standards of care and national wound care guidelines. Duties include but are not limited to: Obtain pertinent patient history via interview techniques; direct observation and physical assessment/examination to include diagnostic screening techniques; and a review of the medical record. Timely documentation in the patient record, maintenance of records, logs and preparation of reports, documents, statistical surveys and other data required in various patient settings throughout VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Evaluates current practices, formulates outcomes for groups of patients, clinics or the wound care program, and proposes revisions based on evaluation of data and outcomes. Guides staff in critical thinking, analyzes documentation and reporting systems and plans strategies to initiate needed change. Initiates strategies for policy development including writing and updating facility and program policies on wound care, pressure ulcer prevention, ostomies and related issues. Develops and maintains all practice-specific, specialized competencies and mandatory reviews for self and Wound Care Program staff. Initiates and reviews all facility patient incident reports regarding skin and wound care and monitors processes for corrective action. Coordinates product evaluation and product line selection in concert with VA Puget Sound Health Care System policies; arranges for vendor presentations for new products; conducts clinical trials of new products including writing a product evaluation protocol, developing data collection tools, implementing the protocol, collecting and analyzing data and writing reports of the findings; shepherd requests for products through the Clinical Products Review Committee, Pharmacy Board or other approving committees. Educates medical staff on current clinical and reimbursement information and coding related to wound, ostomy, and continence care of patients across the continuum of care in all delivery settings. Coordinates the scheduling of ARNP and RN clinics for wound care, ostomy and diabetic foot care appointments. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8am - 4:30pm or assigned facility needs Telework: Not Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP: Not Authorized: Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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