Registered Nurse (VASQIP)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Louisville, KY

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OUR MISSION: 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, your opportunities are endless. With openings in multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is the VA 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 offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) improves the health of our veterans by providing a continuum of care through an integrated health care delivery system. We are a tertiary care facility classified as a level 1c facility affiliated with the University of Louisville, as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. The facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits to Veterans residing in 40 counties in central and western Kentucky and in southern Indiana.

In recognition of continued efforts to improve patient care, the medical center was awarded the Robert W. Carey 2007 Performance Achievement Award, 2008 Performance Excellence Award, 2009 Trophy Award and 2010 Circle of Excellence Award, and the 2009 Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence Achievement Award.

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

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

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 846116

Relocation Expenses May Be Authorized: No

Appraised Value Offer Program (formerly GHBO) May Be Authorized: No

*** Relocation and/or Recruitment INCENTIVE(s) may be authorized for an exceptionally well qualified applicant.***

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
Pre-employment physical exam may be required.
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

English Language Proficiency required. DUTIES:
Duties of this position include clinical nurse review by evaluating clinical practice or patient care outcomes utilizing Veterans Administration Surgical Quality Improvement Program (VASQIP) data; recommending and implementing changes in management of patient care and quality improvement activities to meet the requirements of the VASQIP program; assesses educational needs to implement service practice changes; plan VASQIP education activities; formulate data validation systems to ensure effective input of information into VASQIP. The VASQIP nurse collects clinical data on variables, including preoperative risk factors, intraoperative variables and 30-day postoperative mortality and morbidity outcomes for patients undergoing major and minor surgical procedures in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm

Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Qualifications requirements for this position are as follows:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Current BLS issued by the American Heart Association
  • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a licensed practical nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (e.g., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
  • Gra duate 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) http://www.nlnac.org or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CCNE/reports/accprog.asp ( NOTE: 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 written AND spoken English
  • Must meet Physical Requirements (according to VA Directives and VA Handbook 5019)
  • Must have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing
Selection criteria for this position are as follows: These qualifications are considered to be enhancing:

  • Mininimum of six years professional nursing experience
  • MSN or Master's degree in healthcare related field preferred
  • Experience in surgical nursing, ICU and/or quality improvement activities preferred
. National Certification such as CCM, CPHQ, Utilization Review, CNOR, CCRN

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. 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 (AND) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.

Nurse I Level II: An AND or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an AND or Diploma in Nursing and 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 AND or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an AND or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's 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 bachelor's 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 (e.g., Company/organization name, position title, dates of employment (month/year), and number of hours per week). WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your résumé/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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

Applicants must be a 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).

Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Original transcripts will not be returned.

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.

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. Veteran's 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 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 verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your 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 cite 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, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). 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.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal employees earn annual leave at a rate (4,6, or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. For hard to recruit/retain occupations, VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.

Applicant selected may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. For additional information please contact Angela Casey, Human Resources Management Service (05N), EDRP Coordinator at (502)287-4566. The final decision on an EDRP Award is contingent on the availability of funds. OTHER INFORMATION:

This job opportunity may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Vet-Pro (VA electronic credentialing system): Upon selection, you will be provided with information on how to use Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro was implemented on July 1, 2005. As part of the VA's pre-appointment process, it is necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, certificate, or registration using Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 “u”, Schedule A, ( http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp ) Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

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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...