The incumbent practices as a RN in the seven room Operating Suite & three minor procedure rooms, providing care for patients in the intraoperative phase of the perioperative process. Patient populations include, but are not limited to those having: ENT, General Surgical, Cardio-thoracic, Genitourinary, Neurosurgical, Vascular, Orthopedic, Podiatric, Ophthalmologic and Gynecologic procedures. (Announcement has been extended for another month due to additional positions became available). 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: 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: The 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 impatient 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 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 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. ["The incumbent practices as a RN in the seven room Operating Suite & three minor procedure rooms, providing care for patients in the intraoperative phase of the perioperative process. Patient populations include, but are not limited to those having: ENT, General Surgical, Cardio-thoracic, Genitourinary, Neurosurgical, Vascular, Orthopedic, Podiatric, Ophthalmologic and Gynecologic procedures. The Registered Nurse demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. The nurse plans, organizes, and when appropriate, directs and supervises the activities of others to complete assignments in a safe and timely manner. The nurse demonstrates excellent communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain effective interpersonal relationships. The nurse may be assigned to either the scrub or circulating role. Based on education, experience, and competency, the nurse may be assigned responsibilities as service leader, preceptor, and/or charge nurse. The nurse functions as a resource for colleagues as needed. As service leader, the nurse assures that 1) preference cards are complete and accurate; 2) instrument sets are current and complete; 3) supplies are anticipated and available. The Nurse:\n1) applies the nursing process to systems or processes to improve care;\n2) demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care;\n3) supports and enhances client self-determination;\n4) serves as a resource for clients and staff in resolving ethical issues;\n5) identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues taking appropriate action;\n6) acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in areas of practice;\n7) participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance;\n8) evaluates practice of self and others using professional standards, relevant statutes, and regulations, and takes action to improve performance;\n9) uses the group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems;\n10) educates colleagues and/or students and serves as a preceptor and/or mentor;\n11) initiates/participates in quality improvement activities that result in improved outcomes;\n12) uses a body of research to validate and/or change work group practice;\n13) demonstrates competency in performing all unit specific nursing interventions and procedures to include, but not limited to: preparing room and equipment based on patient needs; verifying integrity of sterile supplies and instruments; setting up and maintaining a sterile field; performing the required time-out procedure; providing for physical comfort of the patient; positioning the patient to avoid injury; labeling of medications; following the policy for accepting verbal orders; handling blood and specimens correctly; performing accurate surgical counts; completing intraoperative documentation; recognizing emergency situations and responding appropriately. The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. Age-related and cultural interventions appropriate to the cognitive, physical, and emotional needs will be employed at all times, tailored to the individual patient, incorporating knowledge of changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development. Sensitivity to the special needs of all veterans and staff in respect to age, developmental requirements, and culturally related factors must be consistently achieved. Understanding of generational differences in the workforce is required. Knows how to obtain translation services for patient or families with limited English language proficiency or who need sign language services. Meets the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 07:00 to 1730 totaling 40 hours per week or as agreed upon with the possibility of extended hours and weekends. Employee will occasionally be placed on call.\nNOTE: Candidates must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours & extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.\nCompressed/Flexible: To be determined\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 Strongly encourage all applicants to include a completed VA Form 10-2850A VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf."]
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