This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. 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: 1 year clinical experience preferred 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: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Pushing (5 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (5 hours); Standing (5 hours); Kneeling (5 hours); Repeated bending (5 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Specific visual requirements (good); Hearing (aid may be permitted); Mental stability; Emotional stability. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Major Duties but not limited to: Uses the nursing process and evidence-based practice to collaborate with the Core Team (Patient, Specialty Care Provider, SCC NC/RN, LPN, Health Technician/Nurse Assistants, MSA and other clinics) and Expanded Team (family/caregiver, internal and community-based services involved in providing care to the patient). Participating in team performance improvement and sustainment activities to optimize team efficiency and care delivery to Veterans. The incumbent will function in an independent manner under the direction of the Nurse Manager of the SCC. Functioning at the full extent of the team member's relevant clinical privileges, credentials, scopes of practice, elements of practice, certification, functional statement, position description, or other VHA or local facility approved documentation of competency. Collaborates clinic needs and assignments with other specialty care coordinators to meet the needs of the Veterans seen in SCC. Floats as need to other Specialty Care Clinics to include Wound Care, Dermatology, Urology, Foot Care, Transplant Coordination, and Same Day Clinic. Provide medications as ordered in the care management of Veterans. Prepares Veteran for clinics, and assist providers with procedures and obtaining lab specimens. Executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to the management and advocacy of complex Veteran care in a timely manner within the parameters of the Veterans Affairs regulations. Collaborates effectively with all members of the Core Team and the Expanded Team across the continuum of care and serves as a role model for professional growth, development and practice. Ensuring appropriate evaluation, triage and care coordination of complex Veterans to ensure access is provided to the Veteran via clinics, community or VA facilities. Works closely with the Veterans to ensure smooth transition of care and processes of referrals ensuring necessary pre-referral testing, labs, imaging and clinical records associated with the referral are communicated to the clinic, community or VA facilities. Care will be provided in the least restrictive, most cost-effective manner, through use of the clinical practice guidelines and clinical pathways. Assist with significant collaboration with community and VISN healthcare personnel in the transition of Veterans. Managing communications and facilitating safe transitions of Veterans between the specialty clinic site of care and other health care settings, using informal and formal communication methods, as appropriate. Using formal and informal communications that are respectful, effective, timely, and bidirectional with all team members (including the Veteran and personal support persons) to convey significant, clinically relevant information. Providing health promotion, health education and health coaching on wellness, disease prevention, chronic care management, and self management skills to Veterans and personal support persons based on the Veteran's goals. Engaging Veterans in using health care, encouraging Veterans to engage personal support persons, receiving input from Veterans and personal support persons regarding VA care. Collaborating with informatics technology staff to develop and implement systematized, electronically supported, standardized, tools to support Specialty Care Clinic delivery processes (e.g., pre-visit reminder calls, post hospitalization follow-up calls, consult (referral) management, recall scheduling procedures, new Veteran orientation, outpatient care/specialty care protocol use and management). Provide quality and performance measures analysis and reporting of consult (referral) trends and systems issues through the. utilization of the nursing process. Incumbent will be self-directed in completing on-going education. Will ensure the appropriate staff has completed annual competency checklists. 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, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. EDRP Authorized: Contact VISN 20 EDRP Coordinator Stacy Hermann @ V20CompensationTeam@va.gov, for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - 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 whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.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. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.