Stepping Stone Community Living Center is an open unit, equipped as a wander guard unit, whose staff provides 24 hour a day skilled nursing care by Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Nursing Assistants. The skilled unit specialize in the care of psychiatric residents who are in transition from acute care to independent residences. The Stepping Stone RN is responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct resident 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. Preferred Experience: 1-2 years experience in long term care and mental health 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 RN - Transitional Mental Health working in the Stepping Home Neighborhood assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age-specific components. She/he assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on resident transition throughout the continuum of care, resident and family education, resident self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. The RN administers medications and carries out other procedures per established policies and guidelines, such as bladder scanner, oximeter, blood pressure/vital sign machine, use of bedside medication software program, ALCO-Sensor, Doppler Unit Oxygen Concentrator, resuscitators on unit, canister/portable suction unit, IVAC/FILAC thermometer and lift equipment. Care includes assistance with ADL's, medical support, ambulation, recreation therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, restorative care, wound care, infection control among other nursing care and multidisciplinary interventions. 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, wound and skin assessment / care, medication administration, and general nursing management of the resident's physical and emotional well-being. The nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation is applied on an ongoing, systemic manner to all residents. Registered nurses are actively involved in providing, developing and facilitation of resident education. This RN provides and coordinates recovery-based care and multidisciplinary rehabilitation for Veterans with chronic treatment resistant psychiatric illness. 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: Full Time, 7:30pm - 8am Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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