Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Care Coordinator) - GADSDEN in Gadsden, Alabama

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

The Birmingham VA Medical Center (BVAMC) is recruiting for one (1) full-time Registered Nurse (Care Coordinator) to work at the Gadsden Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The BVAMC and its CBOCs are part of the VA Southeast Network (VISN7).

Vacancy Identification Number: 1998069

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

NOTE: If you apply for this position electronically (On-Line), you do not need to apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX (OPM-Occupational Questionnaire). If you complete and fax the OPM Form 1203-FX to the designated fax number listed in this vacancy announcement, It will override your previous application you have already submitted electronically (On-Line). Therefore, please apply for this position using one method only (i.e., apply electronically [On-Line] or apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX). If you apply using both the electronic (On-Line) and manual (OPM FORM 1203-FX) methods, it will result in a duplicate processing error and you may lose consideration for this position.

This announcement is for EXTERNAL applicants.

If you are a current, permanent employee of the BVAMC or its CBOCs, please apply under VIN# 1997924 found ONLY through the Postmaster e-mail and/or on the BVAMC VISTA site.*Internal employees who apply to the external announcement will be treated as external applicants and will not be given priority consideration.*

Please read the entire announcement before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents.

The Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is an integral part of the Medical community that provides acute, tertiary, medical, and surgical care to Veterans of Alabama. The Medical Center provides care to a veteran population of 420,000 in Alabama and treats approximately 57,000 unique veterans annually. The medical center serves as a referral center for this area with 138 operating beds with care provided in almost all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

Birmingham, AL is located in the heart of the Southeastern United States and is a progressive center for medical research, banking, music, technology, art, engineering, and higher education.

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this facility's Human Resources Management Office at (205) 933-8101 ext. 4597. The decision on the type of reasonable accommodation to be granted will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Duties

This position functions as a full-time staff Registered Nurse Care Coordinator throughout the Primary Care Service Line. As a Registered Nurse Care Coordinator care will include management of multiple types of psychiatric/behavioral and medical/physical conditions provided in an outpatient setting.

Other duties include:

  • The selectee will be responsible and accountable for coordinating patient care for individual and groups of patients ranging from the young adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 or older.

  • The selectee functions as a critical member and leader within an integrated multidisciplinary team. The selectee will be responsible for triage, preventive health screening, immunizations, medication management, crisis intervention, medical/physical and psychosocial assessments.

  • The selectee will provide patient and family education including health promotion and disease prevention; actively participates in quality improvement activities, utilization review and performance measures.

  • The selectee will observe patient behaviors and reaction patterns to modify treatment plans and medications for mental health veterans. The selectee will be expected to work independently and make appropriate referrals to the community or other professional resources as needed.

  • The position is largely providing community based clinical services. He/she must have a valid driver's license; must be physically energetic; mobile and observant.

  • The selectee must be psychologically resilient, resourceful and capable of equanimity and flexibility in the face of recurrent, urgent, stressful interpersonal and group situations. The RN will provide critical clinical support along with all other nursing and technical duties required in the clinic.

(Primary tour determined upon hire; however, work hours maybe subject to change due to workload demands.)

Work Schedule: Available tours, Monday-Friday, 7:30a-4p; 8:00a-4:30p; 8:30a-5p; 9a-5:30p; 9:30a-6pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Nurse (Care Coordinator) I, II, III

Nurse Salary Ranges: (Gadsden - effective 1/8/17)

Nurse I:$38,446 - $51,129

Nurse II:$50,724 - $67,455

Nurse III:$59,349 - $78,929

(Please refer to Grade Determination section for details on educational/experience required for each grade)

Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

00

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

U.S. Citizens and Current & Permanent Federal Agency Employees

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry.Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: Practice:practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development:performance, education/career development, Collaboration;collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry:quality of care, research.

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 1 - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.

  • Nurse I Level 2 - 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 3- 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; ORa Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience.

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.

Preferred Experience:

  • Two (2) years of successful general medical-surgical practice experience preferred.

  • Two (2) years of Ambulatory Care/Case Manager preferred.

  • BSN or higher degree preferred.

  • Current BCLS certification.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to assess and prioritize multiple medical and surgical diagnoses.

  • Demonstrated excellent physical assessment skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to be dependable, self-directed, and flexible, including flexibility in assignment and time scheduling.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Educational Requirement: 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.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements:Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 (http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm). Functional requirements include light lifting under 15 lbs, light carrying 15-44 lbs, walking and standing and standing for up to 8 hours, use of rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, ability to read type written characters (glasses permitted), ability to hear the whispered voice (hearing aid permitted), repeated bending for up to 8 hours, etc.

VA facilities must make reasonable accommodation for the physical or mental limitations of an applicant or employee who is a qualified person with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the department or agency.

Security Clearance

Other

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT,*YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION THROUGH APPLICATION MANAGER ON USAJOBS.GOV IN ORDER TO VERIFY THAT THE DOCUMENTS YOU SUBMITTED WERE PROCESSED.*

FAILURE TO INCLUDE ANY OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ABOVE WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION BEING DENIED FOR CONSIDERATION WITH AN INELIGIBILITY CODE OF "IFM" (Ineligible Missing Form).

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476602400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-09 to 2017-08-22

Salary: $38,446 to $78,929 / per year

Pay scale & grade: VN 00

Series: 0610 Nurse

Appointment type: Excepted Service Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: OB-17-AJ-1998069-PC-EXT-BU

Control number: 476602400