RN - Surgical Clinical Nurse Reviewer (Temporary NTE 13 Months)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Bay Pines, FL

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 847203 TOUR: DAY SHIFT WITH CALL ROTATION

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?

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, located near beautiful Saint Petersburg, Florida, has an immediate opening and is actively seeking an experience and conscientious registered nurse for Quality Systems: Surgical Clinical Nurse Reviewer.


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 work consists of analyzing interrelated issues of effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of the NSQIP and local mission-oriented programs. She/he develops detailed plans, goals, and objectives for the long-range implementation and administration of the NSQIP program and other related projects, and develops criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of the program and related projects. The NSQIP findings, conclusions and outcomes are objective and are readily verifiable through replication of study methods or reevaluation of results. S/He prepares clear, precise and clinically accurate summaries of NSQIP/CICSP review findings including their significance and implications to the Chief Nurse, Quality Systems and the Medical Center Director. Recommends and/or implements changes at the local, regional, VISN and/or national level in the management of patient care and quality improvement activities to meet the requirements of the NSQIP/CICSP programs

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not] authorized for this position.

The Surgical Clinical Nurse Reviewer is a U.S. Citizen 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 school of nursing and accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and has met the Qualification Standards. The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing in nursing or related field is preferred with two to three years of successful nursing practice with a demonstrated administrative nursing component. He/she must have the physical and mental capabilities to perform assigned duties and have proficiency in spoken and written English.

Candidates must be knowledgeable and skilled in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or studies concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) program operations.

He/she must be knowledgeable of pertinent laws, to include but not limited to the Privacy Act of 1994, HIPPA, VA statutes, regulations, and precedents policies, The Joint Commission guidelines, the NSQIP guidelines and criteria which affect the NSQIP program and related support resources in the NSQIP.

Knowledge of the major NSQIP issues, program goals and objectives, work processes, and administrative operations of the organization is required. Skill in conducting detailed analyses of complex functions and work processes; and Interpersonal skills in presenting recommendations and negotiating solutions to disputed recommendations is also highly desired.

Candidates should be knowledgeable and skilled in assessing co-morbidities and analyzing outcomes of complex surgical patients.

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 .

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.


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

Physical Requirements:
Physical Requirements

Functional Requirements

Environmental Factors

Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds and over

Straight pulling 8hrs

Solvents (degreasing agents)

Working with hands in water

Working closely with other

Protracted or irregular hours of work

Pushing 8 hrs

Reaching above shoulder

Use of fingers

Both Hands required

Walking 8 hrs

Standing 8hrs


Repeated bending 8 hrs

Both legs required

Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”

Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20

Hearing (aid permitted)

Constant noise

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.

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 verified. 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 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, 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://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. OTHER INFORMATION:

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...