This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more 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. 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. Preferred Experience: 2 years of experience in Occupational Health or Public Health. Able to communicate effectively to educate employees. Experience with Microsoft Excel. 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: Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds and over; straight pulling (6 hours); pushing (2 hours); reaching above the shoulders; use of fingers; walking 6 hours; standing 2; repeated bending 6 hours; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted). Environmental factors: Working with hands in water; Working closely with others. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The EOH RN has continuing responsibility for collaboration with the EOH team, EOH providers, the Emergency room, Human Resources, Voluntary Services Manager, Infection Control, the Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Coordinator, and other local and facility resources as needed. Programs include pre-employment screening, incumbent annual health evaluation and immunization, post-exposure counseling and treatment, evaluation and reporting of employee work related injuries and illnesses (OWCP), maintenance of employee health records, and employee health and wellness programs. Participates in collaborative Case Management for employees with work related illnesses, injuries, and exposure in coordination with Human Resources. The EOH RN assumes responsibility for compliance with applicable VHA Directives, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines, The Joint Commission (TJC) standards, VISN and local policy, and other related documentation and guidance. Incumbent provides expert consultation to supervisors, employees, voluntary services, and leadership with respect to the Occupational Health programs. Additionally, the following services are incorporated and includes: Providing medical surveillance annually to those employees who are deemed appropriate to be in the surveillance programs. Vaccinating and testing all new staff/volunteers against a number of infectious diseases. Triages new employee physicals for new hires who meet certain criteria under hiring guidelines. Participates in employee wellness activities to include marketing, development, implementation, and evaluation. Support the COVID-19 facility response through staff the call center, testing employees, tracking data, etc. Documents in the Occupational Health Record-Keeping System (OHRS). Document nursing care in a combined \"hard chart\" Employee Medical File and/or in an electronic medical record. Utilizes Microsoft Excel for data management. Screens new employees for tuberculosis. Perform other duties as assigned. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases 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: Monday through Friday; 7:30am to 4:00pm Compressed/Flexible: Not Approved Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized EDRP Authorized: Please contact the VISN 20 EDRP Coordinator, Stacy Hermann @ V20CompensationTeam@va.gov for questions/assistance Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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