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Clinical Nurse Leader - Geriatric and Extended Care (GEC)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), for the Community Living Center (CLC)/Palliative Care (PC) Units will be assigned to the Geriatric Extended Care Service Line and will report under the direct supervision of the respective Nurse Manager. The scope for a Nurse II is to demonstrate leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. The CNL is directly responsible to the Nurse Manager in the assigned area and is responsible and accountable for the coordination of care for a culturally diverse veteran population. The CNL possesses the knowledge and skills to effectively apply all aspects of 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 most effective level of care. The CNL will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide cost effective care. This includes understanding changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development relevant to the adult and geriatric population.
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln''s promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America''s Veterans.
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.
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.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for this position.
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. U.S. Citizenship
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), for the Community Living Center (CLC)/ Palliative Care (PC) Units will be assigned to the Geriatric Extended Care Service Line and will report under the direct supervision of the respective Nurse Manager. Their assigned duties include, but are not limited to:
Practices autonomously to provide holistic assessments of patients. Uses data to design individually tailored interventions, evaluations, and readiness for discharge. This includes assessing for risks , both physical and cognitive; initiating interdisciplinary plans of care and evaluating outcomes.
Promotes health maintenance in patients through education regarding disease processes, symptoms and treatments.
Collaborates and consults with a multidisciplinary healthcare team, including the patient, to direct a plan of care.
Articulates the individual''s responses to illness and therapies considering their cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, linguistic, religious, and lifestyle preferences.
Leads and directs the clinical care of a specific patient population to improve outcomes in complex patient populations.
Leads interdisciplinary patient rounds to promote the diffusion of evidenced based practice.
Utilizes the nursing process as the basis for systematic and creative management of patient care.
Demonstrates expert level knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to unit population
Utilizes expert knowledge and skills at the microsystem level to improve patient population.
Assesses and evaluates patient care processes for effectiveness, initiating change when indicated.
Evaluates clinical practice and critical thinking skills of nursing staff and provides both formal and informal educational and mentoring opportunities as indicated.
Monitors, trends and fosters quality of computerized documentation.
Rolemodels and facilitates appropriate teaching principles and strategies to meet patient/family education needs.
Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates educational programs utilizing principles of adult education.
Contributes to the development of policies, procedures, and/or clinical guidelines.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Masters in Nursing and completion of education/training specific to CNL role and 1 year of experience.
Certification: CNL Certification with the ANCC.
Preferred Experience: Minimum three (3) years experience as RN in long-term care or skill care.
VetPro: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.
GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
Applicant''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. Experience as a 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. Education/Experience Requirements:
Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor''s degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor''s degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master''s degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.
Nurse II- A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor''s degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years'' experience or a Master''s degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years'' experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.
Nurse III - Master''s degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years'' experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years'' experience.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. RESUME MUST CLEARLY ARTICULATE YOUR RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AS IT RELATES TO THE JOB ANNOUNCEMENT.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Transcripts MUST be provided.
Physical Requirements: All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Pushing (1.5 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Repeated bending; Both legs required; Abilityfor rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.
Veterans'' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the 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 Wednesday, May 21, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. 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.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Other (VA 10-2850a Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists)
Resume
Transcript
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
DD-214
Other Veterans Document
SF-15
SF-50
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available ) (required) .
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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
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.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1112858.
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at . This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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