The GI Registered Nurse position is located within the Gastrointestinal Lab in Medicine Service at VA St. Louis Health Care System (VASTLHCS). The GI Registered Nurse demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. They will manage more complex GI cases that may require more intensive monitoring and will also provide care outside of the GI Lab. 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: BSN is preferred. Minimum 3 years Med/Surg, Emergency Dept, or ICU Nursing experience preferred. GI Nursing experience preferred. BLS or ACLS is preferred. 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: The population of male and female Veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. VASTLHCS is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with visits to the Emergency Department and admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The physical requirements of this position include the following tasks which may be performed intermittently: lifting of up to 50 lbs. (3 hours), sitting (2 hours), standing (4 hours), walking (8 hours), climbing (1 hour), kneeling (3 hours), bending/stooping (3 hours), twisting (2 hours), pushing/pulling (6 hours), simple grasping (8 hours), fine manipulation (8 hours), reaching above the shoulder (4 hours), and operating machinery (8 hours). This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The GI Registered Nurse position is located within the Gastrointestinal Lab in Medicine Service at VA St. Louis Health Care System (VASTLHCS). The GI Registered Nurse demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. They will manage more complex GI cases that may require more intensive monitoring and will also provide care outside of the GI Lab. Duties include: Collects comprehensive data pertinent to the Veteran's health and/or situation as a part of the initial and on-going assessment. Involves the Veteran, family/support system, and other appropriate healthcare team members in developing the initial plan of care and establishing goals. Analyzes the assessment data to determine relevant issues. The incumbent identifies actual or potential risks to the Veteran's health and/or safety or barriers to health. Identifies expected outcomes for a plan individualized to the Veteran or the situation. Defines expected outcomes in terms of the Veteran and the Veteran's culture, values, and ethical considerations. Implements a plan to meet learning needs, instructing patients and families in basic health teaching and discharge planning. Recognizes abnormal signs and symptoms and/or changes in the veteran's condition and responds appropriately. Notifies provider of changes in condition appropriately. Role-specific competencies are verified and documented in accordance with facility policy. Adheres to safety regulations and reporting processes to protect and improve patient and staff safety. Cleaning and disinfection of reusable medical equipment is completed as per VHA directive 2009-004, use and reprocessing of reusable medical equipment (RME) in Veterans Health Administration facilities. Treats all patients and families with dignity and respect. Listens to and honors patient and family perspectives and choices. Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues, taking appropriate action. Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice. Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance. 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, Mon-Fri 0730-1600. Mandatory call hours to include nights, weekends, and holidays. Schedule is subject to change based on the needs of the health-care system. Compressed/Flexible: Not authorized Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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