Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (5W) in San Diego, California
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- San Diego, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (9 day(s) ago)
** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (1 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1821696
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.
VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran's experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment. We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment. We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.
We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting
positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare
experience for patients, families, and caregivers.
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.
Incentives: Relocation/Recruitment incentives are not authorized for this position.
The Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Staff Nurse in the Nursing and Patient Care Services located at the main hospital in La Jolla. The PACU Staff Nurse is a professional registered nurse who is responsible for the evidence-based care of a group of patients and who utilizes the Nursing Process to:
demonstrate leadership in providing a safe and supportive environment for patients, staff and others
use & direct others to use equipment safely and appropriately
provide care that incorporates the age, gender, cultural and learning needs of patients requiring complex planning and evaluation of care
apply and direct others to apply infection control measures appropriately in delivering care
collaborate with others to identify, analyze and resolve problems affecting care
identify potential problems involving resources and/or safety and takes action to ensure patient safety and a therapeutic environment
adhere to ethical principles and nursing standards in delivering care
demonstrate leadership in unit-level quality improvement activities
apply knowledge and skill core competencies of the assigned unit to patient care
- use effective communication skills with individuals & groups to achieve desired patient outcomes
- demonstrate all mandatory organizational and clinical competencies of the position.
Work Schedule:Full time permanent, 40 hours per week, Overtime/Weekend/Holiday work may be required to meet patient care needs. Exact work schedule to be discussed during interview.
Functional Statement Title:Post Anesthesia Care Unit Registered Nurse
This is a bargaining unit position
- Not Required
- U.S. Citizenship
- Must pass pre-employment examination.
- Background and/or Security Investigation required.
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
- Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
- Full Unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 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.
*Grade Determinations: * The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; ORa Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; ORa Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; (If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN is required.) OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.
Reference: *VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. *This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Experience Requirements: 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.
Preferred Experience: ACLS certified, 2-3 years current experience on a Critical Care in a Level II PACU and/or ICU setting, ventilators, and arterial line management; recovery of patients involving procedures from sedation (i.e. ECT, cardioversions, TEE, MIR, and ablations; post-op recovery from IR and special procedures area. Demonstrated ability to analyze data related to Peri-operative Nursing, and critical thinking skills.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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.
Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting and Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling, Pushing, Walking, Standing, Kneeling, Repeated bending, Keyboarding, Viewing computer screen (8 - 12 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands and legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); and Emotional/Mental stability.
What To Expect Next
After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $74,255.00 to $135,888.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00
Promotion Potential: 00
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 452956600
Job Announcement Number: OP-17-RDM-1821696-BU