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 and 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: Consistently demonstrates effective communication skills and professional behaviors that promote cooperation and teamwork with internal and external customers, team members, and supervisors Notifies the Nurse Manager of any safety incidents, employee injuries, or concerns of team members not providing care according to the appropriate Standards of Care Attending staff meetings and program specific education Following and including the appropriate Nursing chain of command structure The Interventional Radiology RN circulates and assists with the various IR department procedures, including those performed in Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound and CT suites. The RN staff may be required to provide procedural scrub support for IR 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 IR procedures, including continuous ECG & hemodynamic monitoring, identification of cardiac arrhythmias, and response for medications and treatments. Post-procedure, the RN provides care to patients during both sedation and procedural recovery and assists in arterial & venous sheath removal. The Interventional Radiology 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 Interventional Radiology 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 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 Interventional Radiology Lab patient population, i.e., ensuring appropriate use of outpatient services, providing pre & post procedure patient education, & maintains the IR Lab data base. The RN participates in quality management monitors and conducts quality control procedures on certain equipment. The Interventional Radiology RN will assist Providers with management of procedural schedule to ensure that required resources are available, examples would include coordination with path/lab, Nuclear Medicine, Vascular Surgery, or Anesthesia services. The Interventional Radiology RN teaches and counsels patients and their families about the various procedures performed in the department and their impact on the well-being of the patient, counseling is provided both pre- and post-operatively and in an ongoing manner through subsequent follow-up. The RN will be expected to schedule, conduct, document, and code/close encounters for both in-person and remote (telephone, VVC) visits for Interventional Radiology Nurse Clinics. The IR Nurse is expected to act as both liaison and educator for other staff and departments tasked with caring for patients that will or have undergone procedures in the Interventional Radiology Department. The Interventional Radiology nurse should be proactive and self-directed in achieving/maintaining high levels of procedural competence and should identify opportunities to reinforce training of others in the department. 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 Available 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.