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. 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: Surgical or Case Management experience preferred; 3-5 years nursing experience; Excellent communication skills; Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams members Proficient in Microsoft Office. 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: Registered Nurses should be physically and mentally capable to perform duties of the position. Position requires standing, walking and sitting for periods up to 8 hours per day. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards This Registered Nurse-Surgical Case Coordinator position is located in Nurse Service at the VA Connecticut Medical Center. The Surgical Nurse Coordinator is assigned to one or more surgical specialty sections (determined by surgical case workload) and will coordinate the care of the patient throughout the pre-operative process and facilitate communication between the pre-anesthesia providers, the surgical team and any consultants (medical specialist, social work, etc.) required to optimize the patient for surgery. Major duties and responsibilities include-but are not limited to, the following: Coordinate and expedite pre-operative appointments; Schedule patients for requested surgical procedures; Serve as a point of contact for the patient throughout the preoperative process; Perform an initial and ongoing assessment of patients to identify needs, issues, resources and care goals; Proactively anticipate patients' needs, identifying critical factors for achieving desired surgical outcomes; Recognize complex situations that impact patient care and intervene, using sound judgment, professional knowledge, and appropriate channels to resolve issues; Initiate referrals to Social Service, Nutrition, Wound/Ostomy care, and other ancillary services as deemed necessary; Monitor the patient's progress through the pre-operative phase, keeping track of additional testing requirements and results and reporting these to the pre-anesthesia providers; Function as a systems coordinator for the pre-operative phase, collaborating and communicating with the patient and care providers to evaluate and update changes in the pre-operative management. Keep the patient's team aware of patient progress, issues, and/or problems that can delay surgery; Advocate for fiscal responsibility in the management of care through effective utilization of resources; Educate patients on pre-operative preparation and post-operative care to include but not limited to: Surgical Site Infections (SSI), Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI), Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI), Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocol (ERAS) (as applicable to the surgical procedure); Provide electronic hand off to Inpatient Case Manager and/or PACT RN as applicable; Contact patients at specified time points with reminders of upcoming preoperative testing, preparation, time of arrival, and notify patient of any changes in OR scheduling; Utilize various tools such as database and dashboard to track patient, consults, tests, and appointments, through the preoperative process. 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: Part-time, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Compressed: Not Authorized Telework/Virtual/Remote Work: Not Authorized Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Amy Haley at Amy.Haley@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required Notifications: This position is a Bargaining Unit position. Selectee may be required to work at any VA Connecticut Healthcare System campus, as needed. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. This position is in the Excepted Service. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments based on the candidate's education and experience. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy."]
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