Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Position Opening at usajobs.gov in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Located in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a tertiary care teaching hospital providing the highest level quality care from cardiology to neurology to primary and mental health care for 70,000 Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coast. For the past two years, the Ralph H. Johnson VA achieved an overall annual 5-Star rating according to VA's Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning Value (SAIL) model. The Charleston VA is also ranked in the top 10th percentile according to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). HEDIS is an independent review that measures performance of 90 percent of America's health plans and facilities in both the public and private sector on dimensions of care and service. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a center of excellence for robotic surgery and orthopedics, and is the first VA National Tele-Mental Health Hub providing care for Veterans across the U.S. The 149-bed hospital includes six community based outpatient clinics, a 20-bed nursing home, women's health, and the full range of inpatient and outpatient care, including medical and surgical intensive care. The VAMC provides more than 875,000 outpatient visits and approximately 4,400 in-patient stays annually. With more than 2,500 employees, Charleston VA has an annual budget of $458 million, research funding of more than $21 million, and more than 100 principle investigators participating in approximately 300 research studies. For more information, visit www.charleston.va.gov.
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The Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) RN is a highly skilled professional who is able to work independently to optimize patient care, patient safety and operational efficiency for patients. The focus of the individual's performance encompasses a combination of clinical, administrative, education and research. The PACT nurse must demonstrate performance that is broad enough to impact more than one individual and patient care area. S/he performs at a level that affects several clinics, service line(s) or may impact the entire medical center, outlying clinics, supportive areas and the community.
FUNCTIONS: The PACT RN uses the nursing process an evidence-based practice to collaborate with the Teamlet (Patient, Primary Care Provider, RN Care Manager, Clinical Associate, and Clerical Associate) and expanded Team (family/caregiver, internal and community-bases services involved in providing care to the patient) in developing the patient-driven care plan for life. The PACT RN is a member of the Teamlet team. H/She is responsible for collaborating with services internal and external to the VA to facilitate care transition in order to effectively meet the patients' needs. The PACT RN provides patient and family health education with a focus on self-management, prevention, and wellness, based on the patient's personalized health plan/goals.
Through his/her well-developed clinical experience is able to anticipate and implement preventive patient care measures. The PACT is responsible for direct patient care on the PACT team and facilitating he appropriate plan of care. The PACT RN is expected to manage patient care in an astute manner, which promotes positive patient outcomes including the areas of triage, telephone triage, and scheduled and unscheduled patients. He/She possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their age specific needs, providing care as considered necessary.
In addition, this RN possesses the knowledge and skills to:
Communicate and interact appropriately and courteously with all internal and external customers
Maintain confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal patient/employee information;
Demonstrate working practices that include adherence to Infection Control standards and the safe use and operation of equipment
Maintains BLS certification and all mandatory reviews
Administer, monitor, document and evaluate therapeutic interventions and regimens required of patient presenting for treatment
Initiates AED (CBOCs)
Provides emergency airway management
Demonstrates the ability to perform diagnostic testing such as EKGs, breathalyzer, nebulizer, Holter monitor (CBOCs), etc.
Perform Venipuncture and IV infusion
Demonstrates ability to utilize various software program including but not limited to corporate databases, VSSC, RAMP, etc.
Function as a charge nurse and assures completion of all clinical and administrative responsibilities timely.
Assesses patients appropriately in all phases of patient care to include but not limited to unscheduled patients, nurse clinic, telephone triage to ensure safe and effective care/treatment
Demonstrates the ability to document appropriately and timely
Interprets laboratory values and analyzes finding of diagnostic tests and responds appropriately in the best interest of the patient.
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, Weekends, Evenings and overtime may be required. Functional Statement Title/#:* *PACT RN (Primary Care)
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
United States Citizens
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Conditions of Employment
- Must pass pre-employment examination.
- Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
- Background and/or Security Investigation required.
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification Required
Physical Requirements:This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long period 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 material 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.
Subject to a 2-year probationary period.
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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.
- 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)
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. *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; ORa 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; ORa 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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.
Two years experience of Emergency Room, Urgent Care or Primary Care.
Women's Health Experience preferred.
Highly skilled professional who collaborates with the Primary Care team to coordinate needed services for patients, with emphasis on preventive health care.
Proficient in venipuncture is recommended.
Must posses adaptability and flexibility to meet patient care needs.
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.
NOTE: Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.
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.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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.
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
*NOTE: * Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.
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. The criteria are as follows:
- Practice:practice, ethics and resource utilization;
- Professional Development:performance, education/career development;
- Collaboration;collaboration, collegiality;
- Scientific Inquiry:quality of care, research.
Background checks and security clearance
- Required Documents
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Other (VA Form 10-2850a, Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists)
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Other Veterans Document
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:* 1. VA Form 10-2850a* - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required)Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search
2. Resume with list of professional references (required)
Please note that to be considered you must submit form 10-2850a, available through the link above.
NOTE: If all required documents are not submitted, you may be ineligible for consideration.**
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required)Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2018213.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
- Benefits for federal employees
- Healthcare insurance
- Pay and leave
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, October 23, 2017 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
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NURSING 109 Bee Street Charleston, SC
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481727100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 10/12/2017 to 10/23/2017
Salary: $49,990 to $105,129 per year
Pay scale & grade: VN 00
Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time
Appointment type: Permanent - Excepted Service Permanent