Registered Nurse - Ambulatory Surgical Unit / Post Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse Manager
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 653826300
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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. Preferred Experience: 4 to 5 years nursing, 1 year minimum of PACU / management, critical care experience preferred. 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. ["The Nurse Manager (NM) is responsible for a full range of duties, serving as the expert overseeing the operations of the ASU/PACU and demonstrating mastery in clinical knowledge and leading the Nursing Team. Removes barriers through active collaboration with the Nurse Executive, Associate Chief Nursing Service(ACNS), other supervisors, providers, and support services. Manages human, material and financial resources effectively to improve overall patient outcomes for patients in ASU/PACU. Continues to evaluate staffing needs; submitting requests for additional staff, and/or to backfill vacant positions. The NM will analyze schedules and be creative with staffing to minimize overtime (OT) usage and be fiscally responsible. He/she will incorporate the staff and empower them to have a say in their work environment, incorporate them into the group process of decision-making. Attends all necessary meetings associated with nursing in general and Surgical Care Line, such as: Surgery Performance Excellent Council (PEC), Facility Surgical Work Group, Surgical Efficiency Meeting, Patient Care Services Executive Board (PCSEB) monthly meeting, etc., to facilitate analyzing processes in the group forum. The NM will have transparency and communicate necessary information to the staff to improve their knowledge and understanding of the direction of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Mission of Lebanon VA Medical Center. Continually assesses the educational needs for staff and collaborates with the Surgical Services Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) to assure that learning needs are met. Ensures staff maintain their Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications, ASU/PACU competencies, and identifies any new educational needs based on changing equipment, technologies, or processes implemented. Applies evidenced-based practice principles to validate and/or improve nursing practice. Understands the need to maintain competencies to ensure he/she may fill in when staffing levels require it. Manages supplies and equipment inventories and assures equipment is maintained and in working order. Manages the overall environment; will enter work orders for any damaged walls, tiles, etc.; will collaborate with Environmental Management Service (EMS) to promote a hygienic care environment; maintains all staff wear the appropriate scrubs and in the correct manner (i.e., wearing a jacket outside of Building 104, no street clothes in the restricted area, etc.). Completes annual performance appraisals and proficiencies in a timely manner and effectively maintains all files, assuring competency and safe practice for assigned staff. Performs human resource (HR) functions including performance-based interviewing for selection of staff, in a fair, unbiased manner to create a diverse environment and workforce. Promptly provides feedback to ASU/PACU staff on their performance- for accolades and for areas of improvement. Submits all necessary documentation and data to ACNS, HR, committees, Executive offices, etc., prior to the deadline. Implements action plans (as determined by Nursing/PCS and Surgical PEC to assure performance measures are met to improve organizational performance. Assures a safe patient environment and immediately corrects deficiencies. Maintains working knowledge of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) contract, and abides by the contract, laws, regulations, and Veterans Affairs (VA) Directives. Additional duties as assigned. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.\nCompressed/Flexible: Not available.\nTelework: Not available.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required.\nPhysical Requirements: The population of male and female Veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. 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. 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."]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.