Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse,(Polytrauma/ALS Nurse Case Manager), Polytrauma/PMRS-RLTC, Vancouver, WA in Vancouver, Washington

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Vancouver, WA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/9/2016 (17 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number 1822944

"OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's charge – "To care for those who shall have borne the battle," and their survivors and families – 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?

The incumbent serves as a clinic patient advocate by answering patient inquiries and resolving patient concerns at a local level. He/she acts as patient advocate to assure appropriateness and quality...acts as a patient guide and advocate, assisting the patient in seeking information, assuring that the patient has the opportunity for informed consent for treatment decisions, and promoting our core I CARE values: to act with Integrity and Commitment, to Advocate for Veterans, to show Respect to all, and to pursue Excellence.

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.**

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

You must submit the following form or you will be disqualified:

VA Form 10-2850a - must be signed and dated within 6 months of the closing date for this announcement.

- Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Rev Mar 2009)

* (required)*


The incumbent practices as a Polytrauma/ALS Nurse Case Manager in Physical Medicine Rehabilitative Services (PMRS) a department of the Rehab/Long Term Care Division in the Vancouver Division, but will also be seeing patients in the Portland, OR Metro area. This position encompasses work in 3 distinct areas of neuro-rehabilitation nursing: 1) Polytrauma/TBI case management; 2) ALS case management; and 3) Spasticity procedures clinic. Each of these clinics uses the nursing process and evidence-based practice to work as part of a team (Physiatrist, Neuropsychologist, Social Worker, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Respiratory Therapist, and various sub-specialty providers).

  1. The Polytrauma/TBI clinic is part of the national Polytrauma System of Care ( providing mandated evaluations for returning combat service with rehabilitation needs from combat related brain injury. Duties include, but are not limited to: Monitoring and tracking all TBI and polytrauma consults to ensure timely access of care according to national mandates, serving as facility RN lead for brain injury questions in our facility and CBOC's, serving as RN in interdisciplinary TBI clinic, providing nursing case management and support to brain injured Veterans and their families, completing rehabilitation care plans for active patients, participating in weekly team meetings and communicating nursing needs to the rehabilitation team and participating in monthly national polytrauma and TBI education.

  2. The VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) ALS clinic has been designated a Center of Excellence in ALS care-one of two centers in the nation to achieve this honor. Within this patient-centered multidisciplinary clinic, the RN works with the Social Worker as co-facilitator and point of contact for the clinic. Duties include, but are not limited to: Pre-clinic patient calls, post clinic summary and care plan write-up, developing the clinic schedule and matrix for the multidisciplinary team, triaging new referrals and existing patient care needs, providing education on end of life nursing care, participation in ongoing clinic development/review, and ALS education.

  3. The Spasticity Clinic serves Veterans of all eras with spastic limbs caused by disease and trauma to the central nervous system. Duties include, but are not limited to: Managing and scheduling consults, maintaining clinic schedule, ordering and receiving neurotoxin and supplies, preparing consents, setting up minor procedure tray, prepping patients, and assisting the MD.

SCOPE: Delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned clients while developing technical competencies.

PRACTICE: Applies the nursing process to systems or processes at the unit/team/work group level to improve care. Demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care. ETHICS: Supports and enhances client self-determination. Serves as a resource for clients and staff in addressing ethical issues.Resource Utilization: Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues, taking appropriate action.


Education/Career Development: Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice. Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance. Performance: Evaluates practice of self and others using professional standards, relevant statutes, and regulations. Takes action to improve performance


Collaboration: Uses group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems. Collegiality: Educates colleagues and/or students and serves as a preceptor and/or mentor.


Quality of Care: Initiates/participates in quality improvement activities that result in approved outcomes. Research: Uses a body of research to validate and/or change work group practice.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday between 07:30 am and 4:00 pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Nurse I (level 1, level 2 & level 3); Nurse II; Nurse III

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • BLS


  • 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; OR a 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; OR a 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; 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.

Preferred Experience: Preferred candidates will have 3-5 years med-surg. experience and/or home health experience.

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: 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.

Nursing education must be accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). You can verify your education accreditation at the following links:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing:

NOTE: If you do not find your education listed on either website you can initiate an inquiry online to receive written verification of accreditation of your degree:

Physical Requirements: Physical Requirements: Moderate Carrying (15-44lbs); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Repeated bending (up to 3 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Emotional and Mental stability; Hearing (aid permitted)

Security Clearance


Additional Information
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 is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. [HR users - input the following if applicable to your JOA] VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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.

Salary Range: $59,806.00 to $100,552.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453094900

Job Announcement Number: VS-17-DMH-1822944-BU