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2018-07-122018-08-11

CNS - Clinical Nurse Specialist - Community Living Center

Livermore, CA
Summary
Duties

The Community Living Center Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is self-directed and executes position responsibilities that demonstrate the five major components of the CNS role specifically: expert clinical practice, education, research, consultation, and clinical leadership. The CNS utilizes an evidence-based clinical practice approach to the care and management of the medically and psychiatrically complex Veteran. The CNS uses advanced clinical knowledge/judgment based on the nursing process to promote staff and family involvement in the assessment planning, implementation, documentation, and evaluation of Veteran care outcomes. The CNS is an integral part of the CLC interdisciplinary team and identifies the learning needs of direct care staff and provides formal and informal education and evaluation of their progress towards their goals. The CNS is an expert clinician who demonstrates the ability to work effectively with the geriatric Veteran population, families, or significant others, and with licensed professional and frontline staff The CNS serves as a resource to resolve unusual or unique Veteran care problems or situations which requires critical and constructive thinking. As a member of the interdisciplinary team, the CNS utilizes the VAPAHCS Strategic Plan Priorities: Safety, Quality, People, Innovation, Access and Stewardship to lead and or support all members of the IDT. The CNS empowers the CLC staff to create and lead change at the unit and program level. The CNS is actively involved in quality outcomes that are pertinent to CLC veteran population such as: Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPU), Restraints, Assaults, Falls, and Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Pain Management.

The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • The CNS identifies learning needs of the staff and provides formal and informal education and training with periodic reevaluation of their learning needs.
  • Manages CLC program resources to facilitate safe, effective, and efficient care and recommends durable medical equipment, prosthetic devices, and supplies necessary to maintain the Veteran quality of life and highest level of function.
  • The CNS monitors for functional decline using direct clinical observations, CPRS notes, CareTracker and the Minimum Data Set (MDS) documentation and presents the results to the IDT.
graph of estimated pay ranges
$101,420
$164,200
Job Details
Application Open Date
6/26/2018

Application Close Date
7/30/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
None

Status
None


  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section
    • It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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

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

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

      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.

      Physical Requirements: This position requires heavy lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8 hours - intermittently; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental& 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 to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted). Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

      All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. In addition, any offer of employment will be rescinded with a verified positive drug test result. VA employees in drug testing designated position are also subject to post appointment random drug testing.

      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.

      If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section
    • BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
      • United States Citizenship.
      • Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency, and accredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) which changed to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the time the program was completed; 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 5005/27, Appendix G6). OR 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
      • Possess a Master's degree from an academic program accredited by ACEN or CCNE AND possess a full and current certification as a clinical nurse specialist from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. [The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.]

      Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, 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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.

      Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard, dated March 17, 2009, http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

      Preferred Criteria:
      • (1) year of full-time experience as a RN.
      • Current BLS provider card issued by American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN).
      • RN/CNS experience in community living center setting
      • Master's Degree in Nursing
      • Certified CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist)
  • 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. To view the full questionnaire, please see link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10246638~
      The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 07/30/2018 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 USAJOBS 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 USAJOBS account, 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS 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: 1
      Job Position: CBCF-10246638-18-DF-BU

      The Community Living Center Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is self-directed and executes position responsibilities that demonstrate the five major components of the CNS role specifically: expert clinical practice, education, research, consultation, and clinical leadership. The CNS utilizes an evidence-based clinical practice approach to the care and management of the medically and psychiatrically complex Veteran. The CNS uses advanced clinical knowledge/judgment based on the nursing process to promote staff and family involvement in the assessment planning, implementation, documentation, and evaluation of Veteran care outcomes. The CNS is an integral part of the CLC interdisciplinary team and identifies the learning needs of direct care staff and provides formal and informal education and evaluation of their progress towards their goals. The CNS is an expert clinician who demonstrates the ability to work effectively with the geriatric Veteran population, families, or significant others, and with licensed professional and frontline staff The CNS serves as a resource to resolve unusual or unique Veteran care problems or situations which requires critical and constructive thinking. As a member of the interdisciplinary team, the CNS utilizes the VAPAHCS Strategic Plan Priorities: Safety, Quality, People, Innovation, Access and Stewardship to lead and or support all members of the IDT. The CNS empowers the CLC staff to create and lead change at the unit and program level. The CNS is actively involved in quality outcomes that are pertinent to CLC veteran population such as: Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPU), Restraints, Assaults, Falls, and Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Pain Management.

      The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

      • The CNS identifies learning needs of the staff and provides formal and informal education and training with periodic reevaluation of their learning needs.
      • Manages CLC program resources to facilitate safe, effective, and efficient care and recommends durable medical equipment, prosthetic devices, and supplies necessary to maintain the Veteran quality of life and highest level of function.
      • The CNS monitors for functional decline using direct clinical observations, CPRS notes, CareTracker and the Minimum Data Set (MDS) documentation and presents the results to the IDT.

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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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