Nurse Manager-Patriots Place Alzheimer's/Dementia
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Augusta, ME

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): VHA-402-13-DKF-833366 (Please include on all documents)

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. Become a part of Togus VA Maine Healthcare System Augusta, ME.

The VA Maine Healthcare System is seeking a Experienced Nurse Manager to perform clinical and administrative duties for our Community Living Center-Alzheimer's/Dementia Unit. We are an employer of choice that is the center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence. We value you. Go to http://www.va.gov/ for more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs. Augusta, ME is the place for you!

Tour of Duty: 7:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m.

Salary will be determined upon appointment by a Professional Standards Boards based on qualifications, experience, and education of the individual selected.

Please note: You will need to attend a 5 day (consecutive) orientation upon start of employment.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentive NOT authorized.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Our Mission: Honor and serve our Veterans through excellence in healthcare.

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required. DUTIES:

Upon assignment as the Nurse Manager he/she will be directly responsible to the Deputy Nurse Executive and the Associate Director for Patient Care Services. The Nurse Manager will demonstrate leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others.

The Nurse Manger will be accountable for promoting patient safety, continuity/quality of care and general well being of the patient.

The Nurse Manger will be responsible for the below, but not limited to:

  • Apply the nursing process to systems or processes at the unit/team/work group level to improve care.
  • Demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care.
  • Supports and enhances client self determination.
  • Serves as a resource for clients and staff in addressing ethical issues.
  • Assesses, plans, implements & evaluates patient care delivery system for assigned area o f responsibility.
  • Prioritizes problems and Identifies specific goals.
  • Contributes to the development of policies, procedures, &/or clinical guidelines.
  • Serves as a resource to staff.
  • Manages patient care along the continuum.
  • Provides guidance to others implementing patient/family teaching programs at the service level.
  • Ensures that care is modified & delivered specifically to the age & developmental level of the patients .
  • Assesses Nursing care needs & issues assignments appropriate to the level of each staff member. Ensures adequate exchange of patient information.
  • Develops a mechanism to ensure that Nursing care is being delivered in a timely & appropriate manner in accordance with Nursing policies, procedures, & standards of Nursing practice & practitioners' orders .
  • Demonstrates & promotes professional & personal integrity.
  • Utilizes the ANA code of ethics in daily practice.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality.
  • Serves as a role model in patient advocacy.
  • Makes certain that nursing care is delivered in a non-judgmental manner.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to patient diversity .
  • Leads discussion related to patient's rights, ethical issues at staff meetings & multi-disciplinary meetings.
  • Ensures that staff is knowledgeable in the initiation of consults to the Ethics Advisory Committee.
  • Participates in Ethics consultations.
  • Teaches the process of patient advocacy & ethics consultation to staff.
  • Promotes & encourages use of the Ethics Process/Committee by staff/patients/families.
  • Advocates for patients' rights with other healthcare providers as necessary & encourages staff to act as patient advocates.
  • Incorporates principles of ethics into daily decision-making.
  • Initiates effective actions in emergencies.
  • Utilizes equipment technology safely & effectively.
  • Follows established safety & health regulations, emergency preparedness, standards, & work practices.
  • Identifies potential for unsafe, patient &/or staff situations & initiates appropriate interventions.
  • Provides practice options for cost savings. Demonstrate financial skills in performing cost/benefit analyses, fiscal control and resource management
  • Authorizes overtime only when all other alternatives have been exhausted.
  • Demonstrates human resource management, evaluating time schedule before submission to ensure that the mix of staff is appropriate & adequate to deliver safe Nursing care on every shift & rotation is equally distributed.
  • Collaborates with peers to share equitable distribution of staff for unplanned leave.
  • Grants requests for leave judiciously & fairly. Counsels staff members when patterns of leave abuse are detected and place them on certification as necessary.
  • Keeps timekeeper advised of all scheduling changes, unplanned leave, & overtime/comp time.
  • Validates daily entry of man-hours and patient classifications, if applicable.
  • Assigns & delegates care based on needs of the patient & the skills & knowledge of team members.
  • Leads appropriate crisis prevention intervention for patients exhibiting disturbed behavior.
  • Ensures compliance with infection control procedures, safety measures, & computer security.
  • Requires civility and respect throughout the work unit
  • Utilizes input from others to accomplish patient goals.
  • Demonstrates ability to work cooperatively & effectively with patients, families, members of other disciplines & co-workers to accomplish goals.
  • Recognizes patient behaviors associated with illness &/or hospitalization & responds in an effective manner.
  • Incorporates team building & coaching techniques to improve the delivery of patient care and/or programs.
  • Projects a confident, self-assured, supportive, & collaborative attitude when interacting with staff, supervisors, & other healthcare providers.
  • Interacts in a courteous, friendly, & respectful manner with staff, patients & their families.
  • Identifies customer relation problems & takes appropriate steps to rectify the situation.
  • Involves union representatives in labor relations' issues.
  • Ensures that a method is in place within the work unit to communicate information & problem solving.
  • Serves as expert & resource regarding patient care.
  • Serves in a leadership role in interdisciplinary patient care planning.
  • Initiates referrals for all aspects of patient care related to continuity of care as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Citizen of the United States. 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 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 . 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. Must be proficient in spoken and written English .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE CANNOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

As part of your application package, you are also requested to submit an OF 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, which includes Certification of Selective Service Registration (January 2001 version or later).

REQUIRED Qualifications:
  • A minimum of one (1) to two (2) years of leadership/Management
  • A minimum of one (1) to two (2) years of Long Term Care Experience
  • Experience in Dementia Care preferred.
  • BLS Certification
Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development: performance, education/career development, Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www/ed/gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

***If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.***

Education Requirements:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with 2-3 years of nursing experience
  • Master’s degree in nursing or related field with BSN or bachelor’s degree in a related field with approximately 1-2 years of nursing experience
  • Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in related field with no nursing experience
Citizenship, Citizen of the United States

Licensure and Registration . Current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a professional nurse in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth or Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

Proficient in spoken and written English.

Veteran's Preference :
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp . HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application is complete, a review of your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

To preview assessment questions please click here: View Assessment Questions .

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For addtional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
IMPORTANT VETERAN INFORMATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ).

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