Bedford VAMC (ERNMC) is a Level 3 interdisciplinary teaching facility with service-lines serving medical, mental health and neurological inpatients and outpatients, and multiple community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC). There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. Home-Based Primary Care is provided in the veteran's home. 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: ACLS certification and Demonstrated Leadership potential and skills. Knowledge of vaccines and public health measures is 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. 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. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. ["The nurse manager selected for this position will serve as the chief of an independent service within the Administrative Medicine Service Line and serves to provide centralized COVID testing (BINAX and PCR) and COVID vaccinations for Veterans and Employees of the Bedford VA HCS. The RN Nurse Manager is responsible for implementing operational efficiencies. This position works closely with the service line manager exercising frequent independent judgement in monitoring day to day operations of the COVID clinic. The RN Nurse Manager oversees the Registered Nurses, License Practical Nurses, Health Techs and administrative Medical Support Staff.\nKey Responsibilities: Monitor day to day clinical operations of the COVIC clinic Leads and manages staff through mentoring, coaching and supervision ensuring staff engagement to meet organizational and clinical goals and objectives Develops and implements policies relating to all phases of the COVID clinic in coordination with various clinical and administrative services within the Medical Center Identifies program resource requirements, ensures appropriate acquisition and allocation of essential resources and accounts for the effective utilization of all available resources in support of program activities. Staff the COVID clinic and/or serve as lead in various clinical roles Test Veterans and Staff - COVID 19 Binax & PCR Administer vaccine to Staff, Veterans, Spouse and caregivers Assure hiring, supervision, and evaluation of assigned staff Identify training needs for assigned staff Provide technical and clinical support to staff and troubleshoot daily clinical operations Conduct various quality improvement efforts with team members and partners throughout the department to ensure high reliable organization Participate in strategic planning as it relates to meeting goals for stable staffing and safe and efficient site operations Other duties as assigned including supervision of other COVID clinic related activities as site operations expand Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am - 4:00 pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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.