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Job Detail for RN - Intensive Care Units (CCU, MICU, and SICU)
### Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
#### Few vacancies in the following location:
* Birmingham, AL
##### Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Thursday 1/5/2017 (3 day(s) ago)
** Closes Friday 12/29/2017 (355 day(s) away)
## Job Overview
Vacancy Identification Number: 1889191
**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.**
**This is an Extended Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA).** Extended JOA's allow the Birmingham VA Medical Center to accept applications for our Coronary Care Unit (CCU), Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) on an ongoing basis with qualified applicants being referred to the selecting officials as needed.
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.
Please read the entire announcement before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents.
**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.
The Birmingham VA Medical Center is actively seeking Registered Nurses who possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team to work within our Intensive Care Units (CCU, MICU, and SICU).
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Registered Nurse (RN) assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates nursing care for critical patients. The ICU RN provides all aspects of primary nursing care including, but not limited to, hemodynamic monitoring, intra-aortic balloon pump therapy, pace maker therapy, ventriculostomy, mechanical ventilation, medication management and wound care. The RN must demonstrate the ability to make critical decisions and trouble shoot patient care equipment. The RN must be ACLS certified and be able to respond to life threatening arrhythmias and emergency events effectively.
Nurses responding to this announcement may be considered for available positions in the SICU, CCU or MICU.
* Bachelor of Science in Nursing
* At least one year of successful ICU, Medical Surgical, or other related clinical experience(s).
* Successful experience as a Nursing student within the VA environment
* ACLS certification
* BLS certification
* Professional nursing certification in area of practice - such as: Acute/Critical Care Nursing Certification (CCRN).
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)
* Demonstrated ability to assess and prioritize multiple medical and surgical diagnoses
* Demonstrated excellence in physical assessment skills
* Demonstrated ability to be dependable, self-directed, and flexible. Including flexibility in assignment and time scheduling
* Excellent customer service skills
**Functional Statement Titles:**
Patient Care Services Registered Nurse: Nurse 1 Level 1
Patient Care Services Registered Nurse: Nurse 1 Level 2
Patient Care Services Registered Nurse: Nurse 1 Level 3
Patient Care Services Registered Nurse: Nurse 2
Patient Care Services Registered Nurse: Nurse 3
**Work Schedule:** Various tours available: 7:00am-7:30pm, 11:30am-Midnight, 7:00pm-7:30am, to be determined by manager upon hire, based on the needs of the service
### Travel Required
* Not Required
### Relocation Authorized
## 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.
* US Citizenship
* Graduation of a School of Professional Nursing
* Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a nurse.
* Physical Standards
* U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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.
* 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.
* English Language Proficiency: RN's appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
* Physical Standards
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 Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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.
**Basic Nursing Education & Accreditation Requirements:**
1) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant. NOTE: See exception in paragraph 2 below for candidates who are enrolled in a MSN Bridge Program.
a. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing. The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site: http://www.acenursing.org/ -OR-
b. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs. Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs
2) 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. In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment. Students do not earn a BSN, but receive a MSN degree upon completion of course work. A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA. Bridge programs that confer a master's degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor's Degree is not awarded.
3) 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.
**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
## Additional Information
### What To Expect Next
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.
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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.
*Salary Range:* $49,904.00 to $93,873.00 / Per Year
*Series & Grade:* VN-0610-00/00
*Supervisory Status:* No
*Who May Apply:* United States Citizens
*Control Number:* 461486200
*Job Announcement Number:* OB-17-RB-1889191-PCS-EXT-BU