Registered Nurse Care Coordinator Medicine Service VAMC Birmingham
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Internal Number: 657783100
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 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. 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: Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only. The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. The VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires visual acuity (glasses permitted), keen hearing (hearing aid permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (up to 8 hours), standing (up to 8 hours), stooping, sitting, bending (up to 8 hours), pulling, and pushing. Light lifting under 15 lbs. Light carrying 15-44 lbs. 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. Use of rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. 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. VA facilities must make reasonable accommodation for the physical or mental limitations of an applicant or employee who is a qualified person with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the department or agency. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Specialty Care Clinic Nurse Coordinator(SCC NC) /RN is a professional registered nurse (RN) qualified by education and experience to provide professional nursing care to acute and chronically ill Veterans. The SCC NC/RN is responsible for the care coordination, direct patient care as well as delegation of care delivered in the Specialty Care Clinic. The incumbent demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. Follows approved Memorandums, policies, protocols and procedures as appropriate. Fundamental responsibilities of the SCC NC/RN include the following: The incumbent will function in an independent manner under the direction of the ACOS Medicine Service, designated section chief, or designated nurse manager. In collaboration with physicians / APPs, coordinates care of patients, serving as a resource for patients, families, physicians, and other health team members in the delivery of care. The incumbent will float as needed to other Specialty Care areas. Collaborates clinic needs and assignments with other specialty coordinators in order to meet the needs of the veterans seen in the Specialty Care Clinics. Coordinates clinical procedure scheduling. Ensures appropriate evaluation, triage and care coordination of complex veterans to ensure access is provided to the veteran via clinics, community or VA facilities. Works closely with the Veterans to ensure smooth transition of care and processes of consults (referrals) ensuring necessary pre-consult (pre-referral) testing, labs, imaging and clinical records associated with the consult (referral) are communicated to the clinic, community or VA facilities. Will work closely with Referral Coordination Team who also assists with these duties. Provides quality and performance measures analysis and reporting of consult (referral) trends and systems issues through the utilization of the nursing process. Safeguards privacy and maintains confidentiality of all electronic and printed patient information according to HIPAA guidelines, the Privacy Act, and as stated in the Medical Center Memorandum on Information Security. Demonstrates a high level of clinical practice and leadership skills and is competent in conducting and reporting performance improvement indicators. Coordinates patient appointments and procedural instructions, follow-up and reports test results to the appropriate providers, and obtains records and test results from outside facilities. Assists and triages patient complaints and serves as service level advocate. Coordinates with other services such as PCS and AOSS regarding patient needs. Provides patient / family education regarding care, medications, and access to additional resources in the continuum of care. Effectively collaborates with all levels of the health care team. This includes, but is not limited to clinics, inpatient departments, physicians, nurses, MSAs other health care providers such as Pharmacists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Physical Therapists, Dieticians and other outpatient departments, ancillary services, community resources, etc. Performs other duties in support of specific departmental functions and as deemed necessary. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 0800-1630\nTravel: No\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Available\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nPCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): 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.