REGISTERED NURSE
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Pittsfield, MA

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SALARY TO BE DETERMINED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD BASED ON EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE.

APPLY ONLINE OR BY FOLLOWING THE FAXING INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED UNDER THE "HOW TO APPLY" SECTION.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 600108

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.

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required

Must pass pre-employment examination

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required

Background and/or Security Investigation required

English Language Proficiency required

DUTIES:
The Pittsfield CBOC RN provides an array of mental health services. S/he coordinates completion of consults for the MHC, including researching the patients in CPRS and presenting a synopsis of the patient needs at the weekly team meeting and scheduling new patients referred to Pittsfield. S/he assists with urine/drug screens and runs weekly educational classes. In addition, the RN carries a case load of chronically mentally ill veterans and provides counseling as needed.

S/he assists with the completion of Clinical Reminders as appropriate for the MHC and follows up with other clinicians throughout the MHSL about reminders that are due at the next scheduled patient appointment. The incumbent provides smoking cessation classes for POPC and provides one-to-one smoking cessation counseling as needed. S/he participates in the MOVE Program at POPC and serves as the POPC Safety Manager. The incumbent provides injections (Haldol, Prolixin, Consta, Sustenna lnvegra, Vivitrol) for MHC patients and manages calls for medication renewals.

TOUR OF DUTY: M-F, 8am-4:30pm

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Qualifications:
***YOUR GRADE AND SALARY WILL BE DETERMINED BASED ON YOUR EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AND WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE NURSE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD***

According to VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, Dated March 17, 2009:

Basic Requirements :
( 1) US Citizenship (2) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant, and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). (3) Current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a registered professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the U.S. or the District of Columbia. (4) Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement may be required. RN's appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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. Education/Experience Requirements:

Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.

Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.

Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.

Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.

Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.

Your resume MUST reflect the number of hours worked per week for all jobs listed, and a detailed description of your duties performed. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE OR THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BAORD MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

VETPRO CREDENTIALING: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.

Working Conditions: This position requires the ability to bend, lift, stoop, push and pull, as well as, perform fine motor activities

YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO OBTAIN A COPY PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE YOU MAY INCLUDE YOUR EDUCATION THAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION IN YOUR RESUME. ALL EDUCATION IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION.

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only 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. ***

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

Applicants must be citizens of the United States .
Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
Applicants must successfully complete and pass a pre-employment physical prior to coming on board.
New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a two year probationary period.
An OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (version dated January 2001 or later) must be submitted prior to appointment. You should include this form as part of your application documents. This form is available www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf .
38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the requirements for this position. Applicants who meet the requirements will be referred to the selecting official. The selecting official and/or subject matter experts will determine the best qualified applicants for interview based on the materials submitted with your application. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to site specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

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, thrift savings plan, 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:
This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...