This is an Open-Continuous Announcement (OCA). Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Resumes will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration as vacancies occur. You will receive an email notification when your resume has been referred to the hiring manger. Applications will remain on file until October 31, 2022. To learn more about Cincinnati, OH, click this link. Click this link for more information about VA Careers for Nurses. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) English Language Proficiency: RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). Graduation from School of Nursing: Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State 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), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153. The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site; or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and master's degree programs, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 463-6930. Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site. Registration: Condition of Employment. A registered nurse (RN) will have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The appointing official may waive this registration if the RN is to serve in a country other than the U.S. and the RN has registration in that country (e.g., Philippines). The RN must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA. Physical Demands: 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. The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the 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 continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The employee 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 employee may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The employee must be capable of working effectively in stressful situations and able to shift priorities based on patient needs. 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. Preferred Qualifications/Experience: Experience with medical surgical patients preferred BLS/ACLS Requirements: Current certification in BLS 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 (SICU/ICU/CCU/MICU/PACU/ED/and all procedure suites using moderate sedation, etc.). If you are selected for a position which requires BLS/ACLS certification, you will be required to have proof of certification prior to being boarded for appointment with VA. If selected, obtain such certification to avoid any delays in the hiring process. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3 These references can be found in the local Human Resources Office. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Cincinnati, OH VA Medical Center is seeking well-qualified Registered Nurses to work as Inpatient Staff Nurses. The Staff Nurse provides inpatient nursing care to a wide variety of patients. The Inpatient Staff Nurse will provide care to include, but not limited to: Surgical specialties including general surgery, orthopedics, spinal cord injury, Radiation Therapy, ENT, GYN, Dental, Vascular and urology Care for medical patients and patients undergoing substance abuse detoxification Care with a primary focus on cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, pulmonary, renal and general medicine Care to a wide variety of internal medicine specialties such as inpatient oncology and many patients with co-morbid conditions including COPD, CHF, dementia, diabetes, hematology disorders, infectious diseases, GI disorders, cellulitis, wound/skin problems, renal failure, and liver failure. The Inpatient Staff Nurse is required to manage complicated IV Therapies, blood sugar/insulin scheduled/adjusted patients with cardiac arrhythmias, BiPAP, C-PAP, and continuous pulse oximetry and be proficient with telemetry monitoring and ECG interpretation. He/she administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. The Inpatient Staff Nurse consistently demonstrates sound clinical judgment and the ability to effectively provide and/or direct the care provided by team members for patients on an assigned tour of duty modifying and updating the plan of care/treatment plan. In the role of charge nurse, provides and directs nursing care for clients with complex nursing care needs ( i.e. multi-system health care issues, complex psychosocial issues, etc.) The Inpatient Staff Nurse demonstrates leadership qualities through collaboration with others. He/she participates in studying, identifying, evaluating and implementing creative process and system improvements that facilitate the Mission of the Medical Center at the program or service level and which can be documented through demonstrated outcomes. The employee demonstrates understanding of patient rights, policies relating to patient rights (i.e., Advanced Directives, DNR, patient confidentiality) and understanding of ethics for the Federal employee. He/she acts as a patient advocate, guides, directs or supports co-workers regarding ethical issues and makes appropriate referrals when issues are suspected or identified (i.e., knowledgeable regarding the chain-of command and ensures referrals are made to the Medical Ethics Committee when appropriate). The Inpatient Staff Nurse will complete unit-based competency (including cardiac telemetry interpretation), education and maintain the proficiency in all required unit-based procedures, skills and competencies and is self-directed in communicating progress to manager and identifying additional education needs. In collaboration with nurse manager or supervisor, develops and implements a personal education/career development plan, which might include conducting a literature review on an appropriate topic area and sharing information with peers, matriculating towards an advance degree, attending management and leadership conference, identify and utilizing an appropriate mentor. He/she formally and informally coaches and/or mentors staff by identifying learning needs and sharing. information related to new or unfamiliar technology, procedures, medications, trends, practices, etc. and participates in clinical orientation of new personnel. Under the supervision of a Nurse Manager, the Inpatient Staff Nurse is accountable for providing inpatient nursing care to patients requiring a wide variety of surgical specialties, general medicine, internal medicine, and patients undergoing substance abuse detoxification. Work Schedule: Days 0730-2000 6 days and 1 day 0730-1600, 1130-2000 or 1530-2400, alternating weekend and holidays.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.