REGISTERED NURSE (MAGNET PROGRAM MANAGER)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Washington, DC

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 827456

Salary : Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

The Magnet Program Manager coordinates all activities related to the Magnet initiative and facilitates the attainment/sustainment of Magnet designation including analyzing the Magnet components, writing and editing Magnet designation application, designation and re-designation of documents, coordinating communication and collaboration with the ANCC, providing staff education regarding Magnet, and preparing for Magnet site visits. This role is integral to the sustainment of excellence in nursing and interdisciplinary practice. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity,Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”). America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/

KEY REQUIREMENTS

US citizenship

Random drug testing

Background/suitability investigation

English language proficiency

Physical standards

DUTIES:
Specific duties for the Magnet Program Manager, Registered Nurse include the following:

1.Leads the establishment of effective relationships within the nursing discipline in a collaborative manner with other disciplines throughout the medical center.

2.Establishes effective and collegial relationships with other nurse leaders in the larger health care community.

3.Demonstrates substantial and continuing responsibility and accountability for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling efforts to gain and maintain Magnet designation.

4.Makes decisions which reflect distinctive and contributory role of nursing services within the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

5.Forecasts requirements necessary for long range program planning and model development for effective nursing practice and delivery of health care services.

6.Leads nursing staff in the execution of nursing practice to facilitate the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professionals, health managers, and other health care personnel.

7.Assures implementation and maintenance of standards for professional nursing practice, accrediting bodies and applicable regulations. Facilitates the appropriate level of nursing care for patient cohorts across the continuum of care.

8.Actively participates in nursing and interdisciplinary management groups, providing guidance and direction related to nursing care practice throughout the facility and the VISN and national level.

9.Contributes to overall strategic planning for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center providing specialized expertise in practice and care delivery issues. Guides facility through the components of the Magnet model and “Forces of Magnetism.”

10.Provides coordination of special projects ensuring the application of the nursing process to patient care, organizational processes and/or systems, improving outcomes at the program or service level.

11.Contributes to the management of program resources (financial, human, material, or informational) to facilitate safe, effective and efficient care.

12.Performs assigned job functions in a fiscally responsible manner and in accordance with FHCC and departmental policies and procedures regarding business practice.

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship

English language proficiency

Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

Registration - Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia . The RN must maintain a current, full active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with the VA

Educational requirements can be met as follows:
(1) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed: a) The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); or b) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). OR

(2) 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. OR

(3) 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.

The following requirements are preferred for this position:
6 years of successful nursing practice including both clinical and administration with demonstration of progressive administrative responsibility. This experience includes 3 years of progressive leadership in nursing and patient care services in various settings with board program mission scope and complexity.

At a minimum, applicants should possess experience as an RN that is determined to be sustained and consistently at or above an acceptable level of quality. This may include experience as a Graduate Nurse Technician (GNT) provided that candidate was utilized as a professional nurse and passed the State licensing (board) examination on the first attempt, and experience as Nurse Technician Pending Graduation provided the candidate possessed an active, current registration to practice nursing in a State and was utilized as a professional nurse. Professional nursing experience should be documented on the Application for Employment - Nurse and Nurse Anesthetists (VA Form 10-2850a).

References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2009.

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
MSN or Master's in related field with BSN (BSN required)

MSN from Bridge Program (no BSN required)

NOTE : Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You 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.

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.

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. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

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:
Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.

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://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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