The Community Living Center (CLC) is a 135-bed unit located across University Avenue from the main Medical Center building. The mission of the VA Community Living Center Program is to provide compassionate care in an interdisciplinary environment to eligible Veterans with sufficient functional impairment to require the level of service and skill available in VA nursing homes. Veterans with chronic stable conditions including dementia, those requiring rehabilitation or short term specialized services such as respite or intravenous therapy, or those who need comfort and care at the end of life are served in the VA Community Living Center.
The goal of care in the Community Living Center is to restore the resident to maximum function, prevent further decline, maximize independence, and/or provide appropriate comfort care.
The Registered Nurse assigned to the CLC is primarily responsible for applying the nursing process to the care of veteran patients. Duties will include documenting observations, assessments, and changes in patient’s condition; collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes; providing a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems; and accountability for meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of the assigned grade. Our facility is seeking individuals 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 inter disciplinary team.
Work Schedule: Eight (8) Hour; Day, Evening and Mid Shifts. Rotation to weekends and holidays required.
Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse I, II & III
The Registered Nurse, Community Living Center (CLC) reports directly to the Community Living Center (CLC). The immediate supervisor monitors the practice of the Registered Nurse by direct and indirect observations.
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Qualifications & Evaluations
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
- 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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.
- Basic Life Support (BLS) certification through American Heart Association or Military Training Network is required prior to assuming clinical duties.
- Two years experience working as a registered nurse in a long term care setting.
- Geriatric/Psychiatric nursing experience.
- Short Stay Rehab Experience.
Grade Determinations: Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows:
- Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;
- Professional Development: performance, education/career development;
- Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;
- Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, PartII, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: Must possess mental and emotional stability. Functional requirements include the following abilities: Heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, light carrying under 15 pound, use of fingers/ both hands are required, walking for four (4) hours, standing for four (4) hours, both legs are required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye, ability to distinguish shades of color, hear the whispered voice (aid permitted). Environmental Factors required: Working with hands in water, working closely with others and protracted or irregular hours of work.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Your application, rsum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: Applicant’s education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.
Benefits & Other Info
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.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:Ă VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.