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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Caregiver Support Program) in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Summary

The Registered Nurse (RN) Caregiver Support Program (CSP) is assigned to the Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (VAHCS) reporting to Mental Health Service Line (MHSL), in the Patient Care Service Line (PCSL). The mission of the Caregiver Support Program CSP is to promote and support the health and well-being of caregivers who provide care to eligible Veterans throughout the Medical Center and Community.

Responsibilities

The RN will be working in the facility, community and conducting in-home assessments with the following duties but limited to: The Nurse provides support and assistance to Primary and Secondary Family Caregivers of Veterans participating in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) and to caregivers through the Program of General Caregiver Support and Services PGCSS. Implements the Caregiver Support Program specific to his/her area of assignment and ensures compliance and collaboration with local facility and the Veterans Administration Central Office (VACO) Caregiver Support Program initiatives. Works closely with the CSP Manager and Coordinators and/or designee to assist with processing program application, completing assessments, responding to CSP Hotline inquiries, through phone contacts, Telehealth, VA Virtual Connect (VVC), and/or nationally mandated home visits to Family Caregivers approved in the program. Works directly with the facility Caregiver Support Program Manager and Coordinators to implement caregiver support services and benefits. Participates in direct caregiver and Veteran contacts to identify and assess caregiver stress burden and the development and application of directed clinical treatment interventions. Uses clinical knowledge to raise awareness of the value to caregiver issues and improve the quality and access to caregiver services. Serves as a consultant to others in addressing caregiver issues at the facility, VISN and national levels. Provides referrals to VA medical and mental health treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, as well as community-based social services and other non-VA entitlement programs. Provides referrals or consults, or in some cases directs the admission of a Veteran to other VA programs including the Respite Program, Home Based Primary Care, Community Nursing Home Programs and others. Applies knowledge, including current trends and relevant theory related to operational efficiency, evidenced based practice & optimization of care delivery systems, and skill in the educational planning process including objective development, determining program content, faculty selection, learning activity implementation, teaching techniques, audiovisual use and program evaluations. Conducts caregiver and family clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of caregiver stress, psychiatric illness, emotional distress and social needs as treatment issues. Coordinates and integrates findings from needs assessments, inter-rater reliability assessments and program evaluations and incorporates into learning activities. Assists in coordinating events for the annual Caregiver Summit and National Family Caregivers Month to include announcements and advertising, mobilization of participants, educational sessions, caregiver recognition events and caregiver support programs. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

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. Education: 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. Licensure: 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 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. 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: This position involves considerable amount of standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. It requires restraining confused clients, repositioning patients, assisting with transfers from wheelchairs/stretchers and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices are available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift clients. The work may involve pushing or lifting in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. The position requires visual and auditory acuity at a level to provide safe and effective nursing care. The position requires the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level or with neck in a fully flexed or extended position and the ability to physically control or defend against emotionally ill clients. The position also requires ability to work on computers for extended periods of time.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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