Registered Nurse - Intermittent
Department of Veterans Affairs - Wilmington, DE

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Be part of the team serving our nation's veterans!

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to veterans?

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 845642

This is an open continuous announcement for this position. Initial cut-off date for referral to the selecting official is March 7, 2013. Additional cut-offs during the announcement period will be done as vacancies occur.

Wilmington VA Medical Center is currently recruiting for ten intermittent Registered Nurse positions.

This position is for intermittent nurses that will work in the following areas: Med-Surg, ICU, ED, GI, PACU, or Ambulatory Care. Please note that if you are selected, there is a one week nursing orientation and two days for general orientation that must be completed.

INTERMITTENT EMPLOYEES DO NOT HAVE A SET SCHEDULE AND DO NOT WORK A SET NUMBER OF HOURS. THEY ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ANY BENEFITS, INCLUDING LEAVE.

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:
As a Staff Nurse you will provide prescribed medical treatment and personal care services to ill and injured veterans. Duties include documenting observations, assessments, and changes in patient's condition; collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes; providing a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems; and accountable for meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of assigned grade. Our facility is seeking individuals who possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
The Staff Nurse is a citizen of the United States and is currently licensed as a Registered Nurse with an active, current, full and unrestricted license. The incumbent is a graduate of a state approved nursing school or one accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). He/she has an Associate Degree or Diploma and approximately two to three years of successful nursing practice or has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with two to three years of successful nursing practice; or a master’s degree in nursing with one to two years of successful nursing practice; or a master’s degree in a field related to nursing and a BSN from an accredited or state approved school of nursing with one to two years of successful nursing practice; or a doctoral degree in nursing or related field. Critical Care experience is preferred. Maintaining a current BLS/ACLS certification is required. He/she has the physical and mental capability to satisfactorily perform assigned duties.

The following qualifications are highly preferred:
  • BSN
  • National Certification in Ambulatory Care, Med/Surg or Surgical Nursing.
  • Minimum of three years of successful hospital based clinical practice in Medical/Surgical, ICU, Emergency Department or Ambulatory Care setting.
Physical Requirements:
The physical requirements of this position include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing (steps, ladder, etc, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials.

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.

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

http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2

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

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

You will be evaluated on Performance Based Interviews, which is a selection process that uses interviewing techniques to ask job applicants questions about the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics they have that are important in order for them to do a good job. The following website contains information for those preparing for interviews:

www.va.gov/pbi

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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

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OTHER INFORMATION:
This position will be filled as intermittent and

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

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