This is a Registered Nurse Emergency Management vacancy located at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. The RN serves the main Hines campus and occasionally, the Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Aurora, Elgin (Hoffman Estates), Joliet, Kankakee, La Salle, and Oak Lawn. 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 (35 pounds and over); heavy carrying (35 pounds and over); straight pulling (2-4 hours); pushing (2-4 hours); reaching above shoulders (1-2 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (4-6 hours); standing (4-6 hours); repeated bending (2-4 hours); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of color; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability. ["The position of an Emergency Management Registered Nurse (EMRN) provides the health care system in sustaining national and regional support for the Comprehensive Emergency Management Program. The EMRN in collaboration with the Emergency Management Specialist (EMS) oversees the emergency management program and processes across clinical services for Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community (ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses). The EMRN works collaboratively with the EMS on assigned program activities, including surveillance, emergency management responses, and prevention, and plays a supporting role in incident command structure across the continuum of care, specifically representing clinical services. The EMRN utilizes administrative, programmatic, and clinical skills to provide emergency management services during times of crisis and during major incidents that require the formulation of timely and care sensitive action plans. The Emergency Management Nurse serves the main Hines campus and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Aurora, Elgin (Hoffman Estates), Joliet, Kankakee, La Salle, and Oak Lawn. Through active collaboration, communication, and coordination of resources, the RN provides effective and creative approaches toward emergency management, preparedness, and continuous readiness. The EMRN will complete National Incident Management System Courses including but not limited to NIMS ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800. The incumbent activates and provides direct support to the hospital incident management team. Ability to conduct emergency management workshops to full-scale exercises along with subsequent after-action reports. Also, must have the ability to initiate and manage incident command along with completion of subsequent required documentation. The incumbent will conduct regular analysis and review of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and policies both clinical and administrative to ensure adherence to existing national SOPs and policies and in alignment with regulatory principles including and not limited to Joint Commission, CARF, OSHA, etc. The Emergency Management RN utilizes continuous readiness principles to ensure that clinical services are in a state of continuous readiness from a programmatic, operational and policy standpoint. The EMRN creates and leads programs, committees and initiatives as instructed to further the educational needs and preparedness of the healthcare system. This includes strategic and tactical planning, Liaison with key stakeholder service areas such as infection control, emergency manager, occupational health, all clinical services and administrative services, quality management, patient safety and other areas. The Emergency Management RN engages in effective communication with other VA Medical Centers within the VISN and nationwide to adapt and implement best practices. Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital is a Level 1a major interdisciplinary teaching facility with service lines serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients, with a comprehensive adult Emergency Department, and multiple community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC). There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. The Hines VA Hospital Blind Rehabilitation Center provides services in a residential setting. Home-Based Primary Care is provided in the veteran's home. 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 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM; weekends/holidays in urgent situations only Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial 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.