The Nursing Officer on Duty (NOD) serves as the representative of the Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive and Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services/ Nurse Executive during non-administrative hours.
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He/She collaborates with nursing staff as well as other Service representatives such as the Administrative Officer on Duty (AOD), the Medical Officer on Duty (MOD), Police Service, etc., to coordinate patient care or other hospital related activities or issues, during non-administrative hours to ensure policies and practices promote optimum patient care outcomes and efficiency. Tours of duty include evenings and nights and all tours on holidays and weekends, as well as rotation to both Little Rock and North Little Rock campuses. Duties also include workload documentation and analysis to support staffing adjustments to accommodate staffing changes that are required based on workload, response to codes, assistance with resolving patient care issues, patient and family support and interventions, and administrative follow up on issues occurring on the patient care areas. The NOD is an integral member of the Nursing Administrative team. He/She collaborates/communicates with the Nurse Managers and Associate Nurse Executives to ensure all patient care needs and resources are being provided for the Veterans and staff, as appropriate.
Work Schedule: Irregular tours, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays, 8 and 12 hour shifts.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required (update to Required if applicable)
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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.
Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) is strongly preferred.
Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN).
Board certification from a VA approved certifying body.
Three to five (3-5) years of recent professional (RN) nursing experience, including two years of charge nurse experience is strongly 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.
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.
Heavy lifting 45 pounds and over; Heavy carrying 45 pounds and over
Straight pulling (1-2 hrs); Pushing (1-2 hrs)
Reaching above shoulder (1-2 hrs); Kneeling; Repeated bending (1-2 hrs)
Walking (2-4 hrs); Standing (2-6 hrs)
Use of fingers; Use of both hands
Near vision correctable; Far vision correctable
Depth perception; Hearing (aide permitted)
Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously
Work closely with others, as well as, protracted or irregular hours of work
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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