The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center located in Cincinnati has a vacancy for a Full-Time, Permanent Registered Nurse (RN) position. The RN position is located in the Assessment and Intensive Treatment Division (7N - Inpatient Unit) section within the Mental Health Care Line (MHCL).
The RN will independently provide psychiatric nursing care to a wide variety of clients including many patients with dual-diagnoses including substance abuse, as well as clients with complex psycho-social and behavioral issues. A significant number of clients also have post-traumatic-stress-disorder, which requires specialized treatment plans. The RN must consider all characteristics of the individual in order to assist each patient to identify and meet basic health needs and improve his/her health status to the individual's maximum potential. The duties of the RN include:
Providing direct patient care to patients through assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and outcomes management.
Consulting with other specialists as required and adjusts nursing care processes as needed to ensure optimal care.
Providing and participating in group therapy, and one on one patient counseling.
Applying all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care.
Administering medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines.
Responding promptly to changes in workload, and adjusts assignments as necessary to achieve optimal productivity and efficiency.
Providing clinical leadership by conducting formal and informal education to staff and appropriately delegating duties in accordance with scope of practice and competency achievement.
Communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds.
Ensuring that the highest possible quality of care is achieved and that a safe therapeutic environment is provided.
Work Schedule: Primarily day shift with some required rotation to an off tour, along with weekends and holidays. Must be able to change schedule to accommodate the needs of the service.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Telework: Not available
Job family (Series)
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
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 or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education . 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:
Experience in mental health and psychiatric nursing care.
Training and use with Omnicell Medication unit.
Basic Life Support Certification.
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.
BLS/ACLS REQUIREMENTS UPON SELECTION:
Per VHA Directive 1177, current certification in BLS issued from the American Heart Association or Military Training Network is required for all staff providing direct patient care, and police. Additionally, current ACLS is required for patient care staff that work in specified or high risk areas. If you are selected for a position which requires BLS/ACLS certification, you will be required to have proof of certification (issued from the American Heart Association or Military Training Network) prior to being boarded for an appointment with the VA. (Failure to provide such certification can result in delays in the hiring process).
Per VA Directive and Handbook 5019 - a physical examination will be conducted based on the physical requirements of the position.
A physical examination prior to placement is required. Regarding this specific RN position, the population of male and female veterans served ranges from 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, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continues walking, standing for periods of four or more hours, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing.
The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to wear 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. Must be able to complete all levels of the Preventive Management of Disruptive Behavior (PMDB) training as appropriate to the role.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Please be sure to check to see if you are a graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State - accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies (The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) at the time you completed the program by clicking on the following links:
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: . 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: .
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE OR QUALIFICATIONS. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
RESUME: Your resume MUST indicate (1) how to contact you, (2) license/certifications: a copy of your RN license including title, state issued, license or certification number, date issued, and expiration date. (3) education, Is it NLNAC or CCNE accredited, name and location of college, dates attended, and type and date of any degree earned, (4) descriptions of jobs held: including the name and address of employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, average hours worked per week, and supervisors name and phone number. Description of duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of experience. If the position is (was) with the Federal government, either military or civilian, you should state the series and grade or pay grade (rank) and the date of last promotion. .
Copies/proof of all current Certification(s), Licensure(s) or Registration(s).
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: .
Copy of transcripts to show that you meet the education requirement. Please use this to ensure you have included all documents required for your application.
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If you are a current Federal Employee: Please upload your SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. The SF-50 must show your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (competitive or excepted).
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Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S.
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