This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2023, or until all vacant positions are filled. The first group of eligible applicants will be reviewed February 25, 2023. Subsequent reviews will be conducted as needed until all vacant positions are filled. 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 AHA BLS and ACLS certifications. Minimum 1 year critical care experience. Cardiac Cath Lab / Interventional Radiology experience highly 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. 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: The position involves considerable standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. It requires restraining confused patients, repositioning patients, assisting with transferring patients to Wheelchairs/stretchers/cars, and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift patients. The work may involve pushing or lifting weight in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. This position requires visual acuity, good hearing, distinctive speech and manual dexterity. The position requires the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level with neck in a fully flexed or extended position and the ability to physically control. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Major Duties include, but are not limited to the following: - Attending staff meetings and program specific education - Following and including the appropriate Nursing chain of command structure - The Cardiac Cath/EP RN circulates and assists with the various CC/EP Lab procedures, and some Echo Lab procedures. - The RN staff may be required to provide procedural scrub support for both Cardiac Cath and EP cases (following training/orientation and validation of competency) - The RN administers medication, including ACLS medications & anticoagulants. - The RN administers moderate sedation with the appropriate patient monitoring, assessment, & documentation. - The RN is responsible for monitoring patients during Cath/EP procedures, including continuous ECG & hemodynamic monitoring, identification of cardiac arrhythmias, and response for medications and treatments. - The RN must operate complex radiographic, angiographic, and digital recording equipment. - Post-procedure, the RN provides care to patients during both sedation and procedural recovery and assists in arterial & venous sheath removal. - The Cath Lab RN demonstrates ability to work cooperatively with others, displaying exemplary interpersonal communication skills & congenial relationships with colleagues - The nurse must possess a high level of self-motivation, with the ability to function independently & in conjunction with the cardiology team - The RN must be able/willing to wear lead protective covering & withstand long periods of standing while working around x-ray generating equipment. - The RN operates/assists in operation of various Cath Lab/ EP Lab specific equipment in sterile environments under direction of provider. - The RN must be flexible regarding hours of duty, including on-call, late cases/recoveries, and activation for emergent cases. - The RN participates in case management of the Cath/EP Lab patient population, i.e., ensuring appropriate use of outpatient services, providing pre & post procedure patient education, & maintains the Cath/EP Lab data base. - The RN participates in quality management monitors and conducts quality control procedures on certain equipment. - The RN exports procedure reports & angiograms to archival system. - The RN participates in the ordering & maintenance of adequate inventory by accurately reporting usage, waste, and expiration of supplies and equipment. The RN will ensure that implanted devices are documented in patient record and consult initiated for replacement. 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: Days, Nights, Weekends & Holidays Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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