Local Recovery Coordinator-Nurse II/III
Department of Veterans Affairs - Big Spring, TX

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 641567

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.

Are YOU the one?

The West Texas VA Health Care System honors America’s Veterans.

We expect our team to meet these Quality Standards.

Safety : Safety First! Always!

Kindness : You will treat all Veterans, families, and team members with compassion, respect, and dignity.

Performance Excellence : You will always give your best.

Presentation : You will practice professionalism, positive attitude, and passion.

Stewardship : You will undertake a personal responsibility for the duties entrusted to you.

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING ONLINE!! APPLY ONLINE OR BY FOLLOWING THE FAXING INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED IN THE “HOW TO APPLY” SECTION. YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE MUST BE COMPLETE TO INCLUDE ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION (SEE “REQUIRED DOCUMENTS” SECTION) TO RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED SECTION:
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of (IFM) ineligible due to missing forms. Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package (including licensure if required). We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, incomplete uploads or fax transmissions.

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it 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 professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

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

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:
THIS POSTION MAY ALSO BE FILLED BY A PSYCHOLOGIST OR SOCIAL WORKER. PLEASE SEE ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR QUALIFICATIONS .

This announcement is not intended to cover all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. This position is full time permanent. The incumbent is assigned to the Mental Health Service at The George H. O'Brien, Jr. VA Medical Center for The West Texas VA Health Care Service (WTVAHCS), Big Spring, TX. As the Local Recovery Coordinator the incumbent will assist in implementation of policies and procedures from the National Recovery Coordinator (NRC) and to facilitate implementation of recovery oriented services in Mental Health Programs which includes education of providers and veterans and their families on recovery and evaluation of implementation efforts. The LRC functions as a champion and advocate for the recovery model, serves as a recovery ombudsman to the MH Director, program managers, and staff on recovery and implementation of recovery oriented services.

***RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION IS NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
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 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 .

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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

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...