The Minneapolis VA Health Care System (VAHCS) is seeking an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) to serve as a full-time inpatient provider for Surgical services. The best qualified APRN, is a licensed independent practitioner who is responsible for managing health problems and coordinating health care for the perioperative patient in accordance with State and Federal rules and regulations and NP standards of care. 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: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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: Heavy Lifting (up to 35 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15-35 lbs); Reaching Above Shoulder; Ability and dexterity of hand(s) to manage gross and fine motor tasks of patient care (i.e. IV insertion, wound care management, etc.); Walking Throughout Assigned Shift; Standing As Duties Require; Kneeling as Duties Require; Repeated Bending As Duties Require; Near Vision Correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far Vision Correctable in One Eye To 20/50 and to 20/100 In the Other; Color Vision; Hearing (aid permitted); and Specific Hearing Requirements. ["The Surgery and Specialty Care Line at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center provides comprehensive surgical care, exploring different diagnostic and treatment options to treat and manage surgical problems, from endovascular approaches to aneurysms to complex orthopedic problems. Surgical staff, physician and non-physician providers work with each patient to design an individualized care management plan, from routine testing to the most advanced diagnosis and treatment for veterans of all ages. Role: The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, (APRN, NP) is a licensed independent practitioner who is responsible for managing health problems and coordinating health care for the perioperative patient in accordance with State and Federal rules and regulations and NP standards of care (assessment of health status, diagnosis, development of plan of care and treatment, implementation of treatment plan, and evaluation of patient status) The Surgical Inpatient NP will report to the Surgery ICC APP Director. The Service Chiefs of designated surgical services will oversee the clinical care provided. This individual will participate in the postoperative inpatient management of surgical service patients Essential Duties and Responsibilities: - Provides appropriate postoperative and medical services to all patients who are assigned to SCC Surgical Inpatient CNP. - Consults with members of the surgical and medical staff regarding issues concerning the appropriate medical services to be provided to such patients. Follows all existing referral patterns with respect to the referral of patients for specialist care. - Uses currently accepted methods and practices of surgical care and medicine, adheres to applicable standards of care, medical ethics, policies, and protocols. - Be responsible, on a case-by-case basis as the need arises, for taking all actions necessary to facilitate the appropriate transfer of a patient to or from another medical facility to gain access to skilled medical care. - Meet regularly with assigned surgical service staff physicians to review imaging and diagnostic results. - Promotes and maintains a good working relationship with other members of the surgical and medical staff and employees. - Assists medical center in attaining any goals established regarding patient, employee and physician/APP satisfaction in connection with SCC NP Hospitalist's delivery of the services. - Consults and partners with quality managers to achieve better clinical outcomes for patients, improve the quality of patient care and maximize the efficient utilization of physician/APP and hospital recourses. Actively participate in process improvement activities. - Reports to Surgery and Specialty Care service line leadership, on an as needed basis, material concerns about quality of care, delay in delivery of medical services to patients. - Works diligently with primary care physician/provider for a seamless transition from hospital care to outpatient status with an accurate and timely discharge summary. - Obtains and maintains all medical staff appointments and clinical privileges as required by the hospital. The SCC NP Hospitalist shall abide by and comply with all codes of ethics, rules, regulations, and procedures adopted or established, from time to time, by the hospital and all applicable governmental or licensing authorities. - Complies with the requirements and standards of The Joint Commission and any other accrediting agencies designated as well as all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. - Cooperates with hospital in implementing new procedures, controls, and systems to promote and facilitate quality, cost controls, reimbursement functions, standardization of products and equipment, and any other requests made by hospital. - Provides effective and timely communications to referring or admitting surgeon physicians, patient and family concerning the clinical status of each cared for by the SCC Surgical Inpatient CNP. - Promotes and maintains good public relations on behalf of hospital and assists hospital in attaining goals established regarding patient/employee/provider satisfaction with delivery of clinical services. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Telework: Not available Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 0730 - 4:00PM - includes off tour weekday call coverage and rotating weekend and holiday call coverage"]
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