This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the date of hire. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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. OR 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for 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 by the time of employment. Note: New graduates will be considered for the position if education and licensure are obtained prior to the hire date. Preferred Experience, Skills, and Education: · BSN preferred · 2 years of Mental Health RN experience · Poised and articulate in communicating with individuals of varied education and ethnic backgrounds ·Cooperative team member ·Self-motivated 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 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. Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Must be able to lift at least 45 pounds. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. This position requires heavy lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8-12 hours; repeated bending 12 hours; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable @ 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted). Transferring patients and objects may be required. ["** 10% Recruitment Incentive with a 2 year service agreement (up to 20% total!) may be offered; This recruitment/relocation incentive has been authorized for eligible, highly qualified applicants; only applicable to candidates external to VA Central Iowa. ** This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS announcement. Applicants will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis. This announcement will close when filled. The Registered Nurse assigned to Acute Mental Health is a professional nurse with a broad-based clinical knowledge that enables him/her to effectively provide psychiatric nursing care to a Veteran population with widely diverse mental health diagnosis and symptoms. The Registered Nurse utilizes the nursing process when assessing, planning, implementing, evaluating, and documenting individualized nursing plan of care. · Covers weekends and holidays on a rotational basis\n· Oversees and gives direction to LPNs and NAs when needed\n· Responsible to assist in meeting performance measures and clinical reminders\n· Is aware of and maintains compliance with TJC, OIG, AWE and other regulatory standards as they pertain to Acute Mental Health\n· Updates plan of care on admission, after IDT, and as needed\n· Develops and implements a plan to meet learning needs, instructing patients and families in basic health teaching and discharge planning\n· Provides patient education to all patients using teach back to assess learning\n· Evaluates and documents patient response to interventions and progress towards attainment of goals and expected outcomes\n· Uses the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and the Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) software per policy\n· Responsible for medication administration and medication management\n· Treats all patients and families with dignity and respect. Listens to and honors patient and family perspectives and choices. Patient and family knowledge, values, beliefs, and cultural backgrounds are incorporated into the planning and delivery of care in a non-judgmental, non-discriminatory manner\n· Responsible for verification and follow up concerning patient orders for initiation and completion Work Schedule: Full-time nights; mix of 8 and 12 hour shifts: 11:30pm-8:00am, 7:30pm-8:00am, rotating weekends and holidays\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized. 10% Recruitment Incentive with a 2 year service agreement (up to 20% total) may be offered. This recruitment/relocation incentive has been authorized for eligible, highly qualified applicants.\nRecruitment incentives may be authorized to part-time or full-time individuals in their first appointment as a Federal employee or to a newly appointed former Federal employee with at least a 90-day break in service (possible exceptions). Relocation incentives may be authorized to federal employees who must change worksites and physically relocate to a different geographic area within VISN 23.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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