The Registered Nurse - Dementia provides care to Veterans with a variety of chronic mental illnesses. This unit is staffed 24 hours a day to provide skilled nursing care for long term care Veterans. The recovery model is at the basis of all treatment plans and care provided. The Veterans and their families work closely with the interdisciplinary team to establish an individualize plan of care for each resident. 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. Preferred Experience: 1-2 Years experience in Long Term Care 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: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting. ["A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized to highly qualified individuals. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Registered Nurse - Dementia is responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct Veteran care. The Registered Nurse assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age specific components. This Nurse assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on Veteran/resident transition through the continuum of care, Veteran/resident and family education, and Veteran/resident self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. The Registered Nurse considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences. The Registered Nurse - Dementia administers medications and carries out other procedures per established policies and guidelines and reports significant clinical findings to the clinical team in a timely manner. On a daily basis all registered nurses in this position are expected to perform the usual and customary duties of a front line nurse including but not limited to physical assessment, care planning, wound and skin assessment/care, disruptive behavioral monitoring, bed management system, medication administration, weekly team meetings, rounding, and general nursing management of the resident's physical and emotional well-being. The Registered Nurse - Dementia participates in discharge rounding and provides clinically relevant information to the clinical team. This Nurse participates in discharge/admission processes including education regarding diet and restrictions, physical activity and restrictions, medications including reconciliation between medications given inpatient and the discharge medication list and reports discrepancies, and providing disease specific education including when to seek medical attention. This RN and nursing staff also supports other areas within the medical center as needed and accompanies Veterans upon transfer to other facilities if necessary. 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 Work Schedule: 12-hour nights, 7:30pm - 8am, Rotating weekdays, weekends, and holidays Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Available Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Available Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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