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2018-01-302018-03-25

Registed Nurse Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder (SCI/D)

Hines, IL

Summary

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?

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: 1. CURRENT PERMANENT EMPLOYEES OF THE AGENCY FOR WHICH THE POSITION IS BEING ADVERTISED 2. ALL OTHER CANDIDATES.

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: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Grade/Step/Salary will be recommended by a Nurse Professional Standards Board and is based upon education and/or experience.

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital (http://www.hines.va.gov/), located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147 acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care and serves as a tertiary care referral center for VISN 12. Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery. The hospital also serves as the VISN 12 southern tier hub for pathology, radiology, radiation therapy, human resource management and fiscal services.

Hines VAH currently operates 471 beds and six community based outpatient clinics in Manteno, Elgin, Oak Lawn, Aurora, LaSalle, and Joliet. Over 600,000 patient visits occurred in fiscal year 2010 providing care to over 54,000 veterans, primarily from Cook, DuPage and Will counties.

Hines VAH is affiliated with 70 colleges and universities and 40 associated health professions. The primary medical school affiliation is with the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago. There are over 1,300 students educated annually at Hines.

A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is not authorized for this position.


Duties

The Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) nurse cares for all Veteran patients with Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder or Neurological impairment seeking acute care, annual evaluations, or respite. SCI/D patients have slight to extreme mobility deficits which are often complicated by muscle spasticity and care requires knowledge of safe patient handling, rehabilitation, and ventilator care. The SCI RN performs assessment, provides treatment and emergent care and utilizes Rapid Response when necessary. SCI/D patients are susceptible to episodes of Autonomic Dysreflexia (an emergent condition specific to SCI/D patients) which must be addressed expeditiously and skillfully by the SCI nurse. Patients are admitted to the acute care SCI wards from SCI-Residential Care Facility, SCI-Clinic, the ER or other Hines units, or from outside the facility. The top reasons SCI patients are admitted to the acute care wards or seen in the SCI-Clinic are: wound care, acute rehabilitation, urinary tract infection, bowel and bladder training/management, pneumonia/respiratory, ostomy placement, annual evaluation, surgical procedures, chronic disease management, treatment of other acute illness, pain management, and respite and lodging for non-acute patient stays.

All RNs are required to be competent in the standards of practice for the care of all Spinal Cord Injury or neurologically impaired patients. The SCI RN is required to quickly identify emergent conditions, act on the patient's needs immediately, and collaborate with the care team. Based on the RN's patient assessment, the RN must be able to initiate care independently based on department standard operating procedures. The SCI/D RN is expected to communicate timely and effectively with all members of the patient care team, as well as relate courteously and appropriately to all internal and external customers. Nurses working at the SCI Centers will provide education and support to the spoke sites in accordance with VHA handbook 1176. Finally, the RN is expected to work collaboratively as a patient centered advocate and build strong alliances within multiple levels of interdisciplinary staff. This may include family meetings and multidisciplinary telehealth.

Work Schedule: All days and shifts available and will vary to meet the needs of the service. Eight (8) hour shifts nights, days, or evenings.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required








graph of estimated pay ranges
$58,161

$114,011





Job Details



Application Open Date

10/26/2017



Application Close Date

3/1/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

United States Citizens



Status

Full-Time




























  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section

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

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

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

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

      United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      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.

      Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

      If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.





  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section

    • 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.
      • 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. t
        • 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.
      Preferred Experience:
      -SCI/D and/or Rehab experience
      -BLS Certification
      -BSN
      -ACLS- Certification

      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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree.
      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.




  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section





  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section

    • All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/01/2018 to receive consideration.

      1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
      2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

      NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

      To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.




  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section

    • Series: 0610-Nurse


      Job Pay Type: Per Year


      Job Openings: Many


      Job Position: HN-10064929-18-DR-OCA




      The Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) nurse cares for all Veteran patients with Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder or Neurological impairment seeking acute care, annual evaluations, or respite. SCI/D patients have slight to extreme mobility deficits which are often complicated by muscle spasticity and care requires knowledge of safe patient handling, rehabilitation, and ventilator care. The SCI RN performs assessment, provides treatment and emergent care and utilizes Rapid Response when necessary. SCI/D patients are susceptible to episodes of Autonomic Dysreflexia (an emergent condition specific to SCI/D patients) which must be addressed expeditiously and skillfully by the SCI nurse. Patients are admitted to the acute care SCI wards from SCI-Residential Care Facility, SCI-Clinic, the ER or other Hines units, or from outside the facility. The top reasons SCI patients are admitted to the acute care wards or seen in the SCI-Clinic are: wound care, acute rehabilitation, urinary tract infection, bowel and bladder training/management, pneumonia/respiratory, ostomy placement, annual evaluation, surgical procedures, chronic disease management, treatment of other acute illness, pain management, and respite and lodging for non-acute patient stays.

      All RNs are required to be competent in the standards of practice for the care of all Spinal Cord Injury or neurologically impaired patients. The SCI RN is required to quickly identify emergent conditions, act on the patient's needs immediately, and collaborate with the care team. Based on the RN's patient assessment, the RN must be able to initiate care independently based on department standard operating procedures. The SCI/D RN is expected to communicate timely and effectively with all members of the patient care team, as well as relate courteously and appropriately to all internal and external customers. Nurses working at the SCI Centers will provide education and support to the spoke sites in accordance with VHA handbook 1176. Finally, the RN is expected to work collaboratively as a patient centered advocate and build strong alliances within multiple levels of interdisciplinary staff. This may include family meetings and multidisciplinary telehealth.

      Work Schedule: All days and shifts available and will vary to meet the needs of the service. Eight (8) hour shifts nights, days, or evenings.

      Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required







Categories

  • Healthcare
  • CRNA
  • Radiology
  • Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation
  • Therapy - Others
  • Wound Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Respiratory care

Best Care / Best Careers

To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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