Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration RN - Rural Health PACT in Billings, Montana

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1998205

*Travel is required for this position 50-75% of the time for coverage of other Community Based Outreach Clinics within the State of Montana to include Glendive, Miles City, or other locations as needed. When not traveling, the Rural Health Pact RN will be stationed at the Billings, Montana location.*

O*UR 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 many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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/

*NOTE: * Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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

Duties

The Rural Health PACT RN Care Manager practices as a Registered Nurse under the guidance of the Nurse Manager for Primary Care within VA Montana Health Care System and supports the mission and vision of the Healthcare System. Primary Care provides acute and chronic care needs for VA Montana Health Care System including a wide variety of services for adult and elderly Veterans. The Rural Health PACT RN Care Manager applies PACT principles of proactive, personalized, patient centered care, team-based care, data driven care, continuity of care coordination, and population health and prevention.

The Rural Health PACT RN Care Manager uses the nursing process and evidence based practice to collaborate with the Teamlet (Patient, Primary Care Provider, RN Care Manager, LPN, and MSA) and larger team (family/caregiver, internal and community based services) involved in providing proactive, personalized, and patient centered care to the patient in developing the patient centered holistic plan for life. The Rural Health PACT RN Care Manager is responsible for collaborating with services internal and external to VA Montana Health Care Services in order to facilitate care transition that will effectively meet the patients' needs as well as provide a robust interdisciplinary approach to care; health promotion and disease prevention, acute, chronic, and long term needs. The Rural Health PACT RN Care Manager coordinates discharge follow-up from the hospital, Emergency Department (ED), or Community Living Center (CLC), reassignment to or from another PACT, and care from provider (s) of specialty care.)

The Rural Health PACT RN Care Manager provides patient and family health education with a focus on self-management, shared decision making, and prevention and wellness that is based on the individual patient's goals. The Rural Health PACT RN Care Manager helps the Veteran acquire the skills and resources they need to engage in self-care and self-management and provide Veterans with ongoing support and coaching needed to succeed in making and sustaining changes in their health through a personalized plan of care.

The Rural Health PACT RN Care Manager demonstrates leadership by serving as an advocate for patients, team player to colleagues as s/he continues to enhance his/her own and the team's professional growth, development, and practice. Scope: Demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic management of complex client care through collaborative strategies with others.

Tour of Duty: Monday through Friday; 8:00 to 4:30 or as agreed upon with the possibility of extended hours and weekends. NOTE: Candidates must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be assigned to other related services and/or locations, which requires travel 50 -75% of the time for this position.

Supervisory Status

No

Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Travel is required for this position 50-75% of the time for coverage of other Community Based Outreach Clinics within the State of Montana.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Qualifications

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
  • Graduation from School of Nursing (a) 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 by the applicant. [NOTE: See exception in subparagraph (b) below for candidates who are enrolled in a MSN Bridge Program.]
  • The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153. The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site; or
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 463-6930. Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site. (b) [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. In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment. Students do not earn a BSN, but receive a MSN degree upon completion of course work. A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA. Bridge programs that confer a master's degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor's Degree is not awarded. (c)] In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active, and unrestricted registration (see paragraph 2a(3)) will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.

  • 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: BSN preferred.

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.

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.

VA Montana has a RN Residency/Transition to Practice Program. Per VA Directive 2011-039 participation in this program is required for all nurses who have less than 1 year of registered nurse experience or as recommended by the Associate Director Patient Care Services.

*Preferred Experience: *Outpatient RN Clinic experience and/or RN Care/Case Management experience preferred.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs), moderate carrying (15-44 lbs), straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, repeated bending, both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 18" Jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, mental stability, sitting 3-4 hours intermittently, hand & eye coordination, and twisting.

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.

Security Clearance

Other

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp.

Other Information

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

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

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, 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.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need (a reasonable) accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting (reasonable) accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If you have question regarding reasonable accommodation please call our Human Resources Office at (406) 447-7001.

The Veterans Administration is an Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified employees will receive consideration for promotion without regard to political, religious or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying physical handicap or age. In the event of unanticipated vacancy(s) in the same position and location as this vacancy occurs within ninety (90) days of the selection, additional selections may be made from this announcement.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476647000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-28

Salary: $56,829 to $105,223 / per year

Pay scale & grade: VN 00

Series: 0610 Nurse

Appointment type: Excepted Service Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: VC-17-299-1998205-JET-BU

Control number: 476647000