Registered Nurse - AAC Acute Care (3K) - Recruitment Incentive
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Temple, Texas
Internal Number: 640350500
The acute care nurse is a highly skilled individual who functions within the acute care areas of Nursing. The Acute Care Nurse acts as patient advocate, providing continuity of care designed to meet individual patient needs through collaboration with other members of the health care team and supporting the philosophy, objectives and goals of the facility. S/he provides clinical nurse expertise, care, and education to diverse patient populations. 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: BLS ACLS At least 1 year of acute care experience BSN 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: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Pushing (1 hour); Walking (4-6 hours); Standing (4-6 hours); Repeated bending (0.5 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Specific hearing requirements (specify); Mental and Emotional stability required; Strong legs; No skin allergies. ["The Acute Care nurse is required to work and support multiple inpatient areas within the medical center as staffing and patient acuity needs acutely arise. Duties include, but not limited to: Performs assessment/data collection in an ongoing and systematic manner, focusing on physiologic, psychologic and cognitive status, analyzing patient care and bringing problems to resolution. Anticipating and implementing preventive patient care measures. Demonstrating knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to adult and geriatric patients in the medicine/telemetry environment. Possessing the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpreting the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their age-specific needs. Performs documentation duties on the floor and in the patient record, which is timely, accurate and concise, Works as part of a team in delivering patient care, Establish priorities of patient care based on essential patient needs and available center resources of time, personnel, equipment and supplies, and functions as a Charge Nurse and/or preceptor as required. Work Schedule: Full-Time, Nights, Weekends and Holidays; Rotating Shifts of 0730-1600, 0730-2000, 1130-2400, 1530-2400, 2330-0800, 1930-0800\nCompressed/Flexible: Available\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.