This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until December 30, 2022 or until positions are filled, closed or canceled. Applications will be reviewed weekly until the position is filled. The job announcement may close without prior notification. The registered nurse will work within the K2H3E section. This is a highly acute medical/telemetry/surgical/oncology unit providing care to a veteran population with widely diverse medical diagnoses and multiple comorbidities. 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: Prefer previous acute care experience, flexibility, ability to work as part of a team, utilize different computer systems and ability to work under pressure. 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years 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, 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. May occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. 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 as a condition of employment. ["This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 29, 2023, or until positions are filled, closed or canceled. Applications will be reviewed weekly until the positions are filled. The job announcement may close without prior notification. There are vacancies located within Acute Care and Acute Care, Oncology. Learn more about the City of Denver with the links provided below: Denver.org Denver City Council At the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, our expert health care teams focus on your needs and the needs of other Veterans, your families, and caregivers. Eastern Colorado Health Care System is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility with service-lines serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients, with a Level Ill Emergency Department, and multiple community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC). Learn more about the Eastern Colorado Healthcare System here. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards A variety of services consult or admit Veterans from procedures or serious health conditions. The Staff Nurse on K2H3E must have excellent communication skills, interpret, communicate nursing service goals, objectives, policies and procedures to staff, patients and the health care team. The Registered Nurse is accountable for a defined group of patients during shift of assignment. Further duties of the position are, but not limited to: Provide direct patient care; 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; Assume 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; Consider 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. Apply nursing process to systems or processes to improve care; Supports and enhances client self-determination; Serve as a resource for clients and staff in resolving ethical issues; Identify and assesses resource utilization and safety issues taking appropriate action; Acquire knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in areas of practice; Participate in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance; Evaluates self practice and practice of others using professional standards, relevant statutes, and regulations, and takes action to improve performance; Use group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems; Educate colleagues and/or students and serves as a preceptor and/or mentor; Initiate/participate in quality improvement activities; Use a body of research to validate and/or change work group practice; Other duties as assigned Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Tour varies to include nights, weekends and holidays Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial 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.