As a Clinical Nurse Leader (Acute Care) the incumbent functions as a generalist at the point of care and manages and coordinates care of individuals and clinical groups. The incumbent is responsible and accountable 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.
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Duties include but are not limited to:
Uses expertise in clinical coordination, patient and staff education, attention to systems issues that require intervention, and quality and performance measures.
Applies the nursing process and care management principles within a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice setting, which will then enable effective implementation of health promotion and prevention practices, management of acute and chronic illnesses, and attainment of appropriate lengths of stay and the effective level of care.
Assists the nursing staff in the provision of complex patient care.
Work Schedule: Mon-Friday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
BLS Certification approved by American Heart Association or Military Training Network (MTN)
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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: 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.
Licensure: 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.
Physical Standards: Registered Nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must undergo a pre-employment physical as required by VA policies and procedures.
English Language Proficiency: Registered Nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
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.
Clinical Nurse Leader Requirement: Must possess a Master's degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited Clinical Nurse Leader program of study and maintain a full and current national board certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC).
BLS Requirement: Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) is required for all staff providing direct patient care. Certification is required from an American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN) approved course. This certification is a condition of employment. Certification should be considered in a similar manner as licensure is considered for a clinical professional. Staff should not let certification expire.
Minimum of five (5) years of successful nursing experience. Acute Care experience preferred.
Able to provide written example of his/her characteristic of effective collaboration with teams to improve the quality of patient care outcomes.
Leadership ability as demonstrated by previous performance to lead healthcare team to effectively demonstrate and sustain positive patient care outcomes.
Proven excellent interpersonal relationship skills able to articulate and his/her effective communication with all levels of staff subordinates and leadership.Demonstration of collaborative approaches to patient care with the interdisciplinary team, and effective communication skills. Demonstrated ability to manage and lead in a patient centered care-focused environment.
Demonstrate ability to serve as a primary leader/initiator for a changing program with flexibility and creativeness. Track record is excellence in planning, implementing and evaluating patient care programs. Demonstrated ability to implement and evaluate quality management programs to improve patient care needs.
Demonstrate ability in working knowledge of Joint Commission Standards, the specific care requirements of the patient within the acute hospital setting and behavioral health.
Ability to analyze data to assist healthcare team. Possess the ability to develop and manage unit projects to improve the quality of patient outcomes. Displays the ability to use evidence-based practice to assist the health care team to improve patient outcome.
Demonstrate consistency meeting time-lines.
Provide references that can validate the above.
This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. 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. 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.
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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