Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Resident Assessment Coordinator) in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Ann Arbor, MI
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 4/8/2016 (197 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 4/7/2017 (167 day(s) away)

Job Overview

This position is located at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Community Living Center, Patient Care Service.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1676036

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education and experience.

This is an open and continuous announcement. Applicants will be referred each week to the hiring manager. Future vacancies may be filled from this announcement.

OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

Since 1953, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) has provided state-of-the-art healthcare services to the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your healthcare needs in any way we can. The main hospital campus located in Ann Arbor serves as a referral center for specialty care and operates 105 acute care beds and 40 Community Living Center (extended care) beds.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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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.

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.**


Tour of Duty: Day Shift (Monday - Friday)

The Resident Assessment Coordinator (RAC) in the Community Living Center (CLC) is a professional Registered Nurse with a broad-based clinical knowledge and application in working with the adult and older adult population and appointed to work in tandem with other coordinators. The RAC must have experience in implementation and care of health promotion and prevention, management of acute and chronic illnesses, palliative and hospice nursing. The RAC must demonstrate a high level of clinical, managerial and leadership skills, have knowledge and adhere to policies, procedures and evidenced based practice in Long Term Care. The RAC has knowledge of current Long Term Care standards of The Joint Commission (TJC), the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its application to the RAI-MDS (Minimum Data Set) process.

  • Functions as Coordinator of the RAI-MDS assessment process according to the CMS regulations and guidelines and TJC Standards for LTC.

  • Demonstrates expertise and guidance in application of the RAI-MDS assessment and the care planning process, considering the age specific needs of the residents.

  • Monitors and manages the timely electronic submission of the RAI-MDS.

  • Promotes accuracy and timely completion of the coding of the RAI-MDS.

  • Communicates to leadership and interdisciplinary team members any changes to VHA directives/handbooks and CMS guidelines related to the RAI-MDS process.

  • Demonstrates the ability in identifying quality of care deficiencies; guiding committee's and teams in the appropriate analysis and plan of action.

  • Safeguards the resident's right to privacy by protecting and maintaining confidentiality of the resident's and staff information in monitoring, reporting and transmission of data.

  • Identifies best practices as related to care, quality and cost associated with the RAI-MDS RUGs process.

  • Effective in validating information, evaluating data to maximize RUGs to provide the appropriate resources as it relates to VERA allocation.

  • Utilizes the Quality Measures data to enhance the quality of care provided to our residents

  • Evaluates the RAI-MDS assessment process according to guidelines set forth by CMS and The Joint Commission for Long Term Care.

  • Concurrently monitor related medical record documentation for consistency with accurate RAI-MDS coding.

  • Prepares appropriate reports utilizing the QMs and the RAI-MDS software reports.

Preferred Experience:2-3 years of successful nursing practice in the RAI-MDS process. BSN preferred.

As a Staff Nurse you will provide prescribed medical treatment and personal care services to ill and injured veterans. Duties 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 accountable for meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of 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 interdisciplinary team.

Physical Requirements: This position requires Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8-12 hours; repeated bending 8 hours; both legs required; ability for rapid mental & muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable @ 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted). Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • School of Nursing must be ACEN or CCNE accredited at the time of graduation
  • ### Qualifications


  • 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: 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.

  • 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.

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.


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 Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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: 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.

Veterans' Preference:When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

Other Information

*It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. *

Patient Centered Care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient-centered care also considers the Veterans' personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles; it keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family members become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Probationary Period: You may be required to complete a 2 year probationary period.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, age, gender identity, or expression, which are prohibited by law.

Reasonable Accommodations: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Credentialing and Privileging: Any registered, and certified health care providers appointed to a Veterans Health Administration Medical Center must, upon acceptance of an employment offer from Human Resources, enter their employment history, education history, and all licensure/certification/registration information through the internet-based credentialing system (VetPro). VetPro ensures the consistency of the credentialing process for all employees and provides a reliable electronic data bank of health care provider credentials. This system is used nationwide by all VHA healthcare facilities in an effort to maximize patient safety. This prerequisite must be initiated after an employment offer has been extended. Employment commencement dates will be contingent upon the completion and approval of the VetPro credentialing/verification process.

Interviews: Any interviews that may be conducted for this position will use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. Further information is available at

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Salary Range: $52,922.00 to $89,522.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 435455200

Job Announcement Number: AD-16-LC-1676036