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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Clinical Coordinator) in Leeds, Massachusetts

Summary

The Clinical Coordinator is accountable for the overall administration of Nursing and Veteran Services in the absence of the Associate Director Patient Care Services (ADPCS) during non-administrative tours of duty: weekend, holiday, evenings, nights.

Responsibilities

The Clinical Coordinator, using appropriate consultation, is responsible for exercising prerogatives in administrative matters and other duties as assigned. The Clinical Coordinator maintains excellent communication and computer skills. They provide leadership in the application of the nursing process for Veteran care, organizational processes and/or systems improving outcomes at the program or service level. He/she initiates quality improvement activities that result in improved outcomes.The Clinical Coordinator uses professional standards of care and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities. He/she coaches colleagues in team building, makes sustained contributions to health care by sharing expertise in and/or external to the medical center. Also, provides leadership in identifying and addressing ethical issues that impact the Veteran and staff, including initiating and participation in ethics consultations. The Clinical Coordinator utilizes the group process to identity, analyze, and resolve care problems. He/she implements an educational plan to meet changing program or service needs for self and others and maintains knowledge of current techniques, trends, and professional issues. The Clinical Coordinator manages program resources (financial, human, material, and informational) to facilitate safe, effective, and efficient care. The Clinical Coordinator is responsible for the clarity and correctness of all administrative reports required of the position. They respond to all emergencies at the medical center utilizing their management skill to problem solve issues in an interdisciplinary team to the benefit of Veteran care and the medical center.

Other duties include, but are not limited to: Represents the Nurse Executive/Program Manager in all clinical and management areas during off tours. Demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. Demonstrates integration of bio-psychosocial concepts, cognitive skills, and technically competent practice in providing care to clients with basic or complex needs. Delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned clients while developing technical competencies. Demonstrates leadership ability in outlining measurable and functional goals to promote the highest level of independence and quality of life for the Veterans. Collaborates with nursing leaders, nurses, and other disciplines to encourage a team approach. Work Schedule: Will be off-tour (3:30 pm-12:00 am, 12:00 am-8:00 am, or 12 hour off-tour shifts, weekends and holidays); An employee assigned to this position may be assigned to work any shift. Requires flexible work scheduling. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Authorized

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position, you are encouraged to apply for this award program and must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA Handbook 1021. Employees must apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services team. Participation in EDRP is contingent on the availability of EDRP funding and is not guaranteed.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/28/2020. Basic Requirements: 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. 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 and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. 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. Physical Requirements: 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. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. 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 complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment.

Education

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.

Additional Information

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. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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