The RN - Transition to Practice (TTP) is an educational residency program designed for the recently graduated RN and who has attained an RN license and has less than 5 months of RN working experience. This is a temporary 12-month program, targeted at placing the selectee in a permanent hard to fill position at the conclusion of the residency. Upon permanent placement, you may eligible for the Educational Debt Repayment Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. 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. Education: 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: ACEN: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or CCNE: 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 MSN Bridge: 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 Foreign Education: 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. License: 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: Post-graduate RN's with less than one year of professional nursing experience 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: The position requires moderate lifting and carrying (15- 44 pounds), Pushing (1-3 hours); Reaching above shoulders; Use of fingers; Both hands and legs required; Standing and Walking (4 hours); Kneeling and repeated bending (2 hours); Climbing, use of legs and arms; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, specific visual requirement (20/40 DVA; corrected); Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the others; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Twisting, Simple Grasp; Fine Manipulation. ["This is an Open Continuous Announcement. Applications will be reviewed weekly or at the request of management. This announcement will remain open until filled or until closed at the request of management. **The Transition to Practice residency is a 12-month program, targeted at placing the selectee in a permanent hard to fill position at the conclusion of the residency.*** The West Texas Veterans Healthcare System Registered Nurse Transition to Practice Program is an educational program designed for the graduate registered nurse who has completed an entry level nursing degree at the Associate, Diploma, Baccalaureate, or Master's level. Post graduate registered nurses in their first licensed RN role, or RNs with less than one year of professional experience are eligible to apply. Qualifying for this position is in compliance with the Registered Nurse Qualifications Standard. The nurse residency program was developed to support post graduate registered nurses during the first year of practice in an outpatient, behavioral health, long-term care, and limited operating room areas within the facility. The post graduate registered nurse will participate in an orientation program under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. The length of clinical orientation will vary according to the needs and progress of the nurse. Clinical areas are assigned based on organizational needs. Didactic sessions are scheduled during the year to facilitate transition and achieve competency in key knowledge, skills and responsibilities of a registered nurse. Transition to Practice Registered Nurses are guided in their professional development through precepting and mentoring in the clinical setting. The program design and content are guided by: VHA Directive 1077, VHA Registered Nurses (RN) Transition-To-Practice Program, April 26, 2019. Duties include the following: Responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age-specific components. Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences. Administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team. Core elements of performance include knowledge and active participation in unit/program level quality improvement processes and initiatives as well as customer service programs. Duties also include documenting observations, assessments, and changes in patient's condition; collaborates with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes; provides a full range of nursing care to patients with and variety of physical and/or behavior problems. Work Schedule: Various shifts available, Weekends and Holidays depending on shift. Shifts may include 12 hours, 8 hours or a combination of both.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nAppointment Type: This position is not to exceed 1 year, with the goal of conversion to a permanent appointment upon successful completion of the residency program.\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): May be approved after transition into permanent position (1 year)"]
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.