Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Geriatric & Extended Care Nurse Manager in Fresno, California
Summary The Geriatric & Extended Care (GEC) Nurse Manager practices as a managing Registered Nurse (RN) for GEC Service as the designated first-line supervisory authority for the assigned GEC personnel. The GEC Nurse Manager is responsible and accountable to ensure that the personnel provide timely program work completion which complies with generally accepted standards of practice. Responsibilities The focus of the Geriatric Extended Care (GEC) Nurse Manager performance encompasses a combination of clinical, educational, and administrative responsibilities. The incumbent demonstrates leadership in the application of the nursing process to patient care and organizational processes. The GEC Nurse Manager will work collaboratively with the GEC leadership team in clinical and administrative duties such as, Performance/Process Improvement activities, special programs, policies and procedures, time schedules, and staff education and training. This includes the authority to accept, amend, or reject the work of assigned staff. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Responsible and accounts for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care. Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on the resident's transition through the continuum of care, resident and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. Uses the nursing process to analyze Veteran's care and systems problems and accurately documents care of Veterans. Plans work to be accomplished by the assigned staff, setting priorities, and preparing schedules for completion of work. Assigns work to assigned staff based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and the requirements of the assignments, and the capabilities of the nursing staff. Makes recommendations for appointments, advancements, or reassignments of assigned staff. Hears and resolves complaints of staff and referring more serious complaints not resolved to higher level supervisors. Recommends and/or takes disciplinary action where appropriate. Identifies developmental and training needs of the GEC program staff and providing or making provision for such development and training. Responsible for the treatment of GEC Service Veterans. The GEC Nurse Manager works with the GEC Medical teams to provide regular and high quality medical care to Veterans. Adheres to the medical facility's policies and procedures and ensures adherence to medical norms and standards. Establishes professional relationships with peers and shares knowledge in active problem solving regarding clinical issues. Identifies quality improvement activities within the service. Supports administration as a profession by attending required administrative meetings and is an active member of GEC Interdisciplinary Committees or Workgroups. Communicates and interacts appropriately and courteously with internal and external customers. Works and functions within a safe manner including infection control and operation of equipment. Integrates and applies pertinent aspects of the Health Care System performance improvement program into his/her professional practice. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 07:30 A.M. - 04:00 P.M. 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. Bargaining Unit Position: Not Covered. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. 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. Preferred Experience: Current Basic Life Support (BLS) provider card issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN). Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) or Associate's degree in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing and bachelor's degree in a related field or Master's Degree in Nursing with a BSN or BSN with a masters in a related field, if MSN obtained in a bridge program no BSN required. (Nursing education must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the time you completed the program). Two (2) or more years of successful Registered Nurse experience in Long Term Care and/or Home Care. 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's 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: Involves considerable amount of standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. Requires carrying or lifting of objects weighing up to 50 lbs., but occasionally may require work that involves 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. 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. Registered Nurse applicants with foreign education can obtain a credential evaluation through the International Consultants of Delaware (ICD) to determine education equivalency in the US. For more information, please see: http://www.icdeval.com/ Additional Information Testing Designated Position: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. 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. 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