Registered Nurse (Outpatient Surgery)
Department of Veteran Affairs - Minneapolis, MN

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The Minneapolis VA Health Care System Outpatient Surgery Department (OPS) is an eleven bed unit that serves as a phase 2 recovery area, same day surgery admit/discharge and outpatient procedural area serving as an important component in the continuum of care in the Medical Center/Specialty Care Patient Service Line. Patient care is delivered Monday through Friday from 6 am to 530 pm. The Minneapolis VAHCS is classified as delivering complex surgical care including cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, orthopedic, ENT, GYN, general, colorectal, podiatry, ophthalmology, urologic, vascular and oral surgery. The OPS Is located on the second floor in close proximity to the operating room suite. During fiscal year 2013 there are plans for remodeling the OPS department to create a more comprehensive preoperative unit. The unit is staffed by RN, LPN and support staff/nursing assistant. The clinical skills and competencies are outlined by the ASPAN (American Society of Peri Anesthesia Nurses). Performance improvement activities embrace principles of Lean Six Sigma.

Role & Responsibility :
  • Currently the OPS department services Vascular, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic, Urology, ENT, Ophthalmology, Podiatry, GYN, General, Colorectal, Plastic and Oral surgery patients. OPS also provides outpatient pre procedure verification for electroshock therapy for the Mental Health PSL.
  • The top five diagnoses unique to OPS include urologic dysfunction, cataracts, joint disorder, bowel hernia and peripheral vascular disease.
  • The knowledge and complexity of this position includes the performance of standard/specialized patient-centered physical and behavioral intervention competencies. Nursing activities are targeted toward the maximal attainment of patient self-management.
Key Competencies:
  • Registered Nurses assigned to OPS have clinical competencies in preoperative preparation and phase 2 recovery skills.
  • Registered nurses in OPS work with key interdisciplinary team members including the anesthesia department, surgical services, PA/Nurse Practioners, Nurse Coordinators, PACU, and OR/GUOR personnel.
  • Other key members include support staff such as SPD, pharmacy, prosthetics, AMMS, social services, Chaplain, lab, pathology, radiology, BIOMED, Engineering and IRM.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
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). 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 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. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)
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.

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. GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
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.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Physical Requirements: In accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102 (u). Requirements include:
Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Reaching Above Shoulder; Both Hands Required; Walking Throughout Assigned Shift; Standing As Duties Require; Kneeling as Duties Require; Repeated Bending As Duties Require; Both Legs Are Required; Near Vision Correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far Vision Correctable in One Eye To 20/50 and to 20/100 In the Other; Color Vision; Hearing (aid permitted); and Specific Hearing Requirements.
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.
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 one or two year probationary period.
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 the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
VA Applicants
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
CV or Resume.
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf ).
SF-50 - Found at https://eopf.nbc.gov/va/
Non-VA Applicants
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
CV or Resume.
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist. Available at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/job-search/applications.asp .
VA Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment. Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf .
If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).
Three references, one which should be a signed and dated performance review.
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1028142.
Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 24, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire .
Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

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