Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration RN Wound Care Specialist in Loma Linda, California
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Loma Linda, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (5 day(s) ago)
** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (1 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1827014
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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related position in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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.
The Registered Nurse/Wound Care Specialist provide care and counseling of persons or in the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness and injury based upon the nursing process which includes systematic data gathering, assessment, appropriate nursing judgement, and evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as case finding, health teaching, health counseling; provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being; and executing medical regimens including administering medications and treatments prescribed by a licensed or otherwise legally authorized provide. The Nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community. (American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses)
The Wound Care Specialist is responsible for the implementation and coordination of the wound care program across the care continuum for Nursing Service. The Wound Care Specialist rounds on all newly admitted patients with a wound, including but not limited to, pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, and other ulcers as well as patients receiving parenteral therapy (TPN and PPN). The Wound Care Specialist is responsible for the assessment of wounds/pressure ulcers; collaboration with staff in the development of individualized treatment plans; wound dressing application in coordination with nursing staff to ensure competency. The Wound Care Specialist facilitates horizontal and vertical communications and education related to wound care practices on an ongoing basis through education training programs.
The Wound Care Specialist serves as the expert/consultant in the specialty area and works autonomously to assure standardized care throughout the organization and collaborates with the interdisciplinary treatment team to develop and implement specialized treatments. Actively participate in and initiate improvement projects, implement action plans to improve care and check to verify that the process and outcomes are in place.
Role responsibilities and accountabilities also include demonstration of knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age related needs of residents served in the assigned area of practice. This knowledge includes understanding changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development relevant to the adult and geriatric population.
Provide management of wound care via consults, nursing visits, dressing checks, and complex wound healing devices.
Coordinate multidisciplinary comprehensive management plans.
Consults with multidisciplinary team members, i.e., physicians, prosthetics, physical therapy, rehabilitation and other services dealing with wound care healing management.
Work closely with nutrition support staff.
Develop and implement educational programs for patients.
WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time Tour of Duty 40 hours per week, 80 hours per pay period.
Functional Statement Title/#: Wound Care Specialist
- Not Required
- You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
- Subject to a security background/suitability investigation.
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
- This position requires candidates to be proficient in English.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
English Language Proficiency. RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
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 school 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 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.
* 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 and 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; ORADN 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 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; ORa 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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience.
Reference:VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard.**
Preferred Experience:2-3 years wound care experience preferred. Certification by a nationally recognized agency in the practice of Wound Care and Ostomy is preferred. Master's level of education is preferred.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National 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.
*Physical Requirements: *Heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 pounds); Straight Pulling; Pushing; Reaching above Shoulder; Walking; Standing; Repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Hearing aid (permitted); Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Depth perception; Both eyes required; Both legs required; Use of fingers and both hands required.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
Your application, resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omission may affect consideration of employment.
NOTE: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is on 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
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 much send a Certification of Foreign Equivalency from International Consultants of Delaware (ICD) with your transcript in order to receive credit for the education.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used for Federal employment. You can verify your education at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. * 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 for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. Submit a legible copy of your DD 214(s) indicating character of service and the dates of service or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
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 visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
What To Expect Next
After we receive your complete application package (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 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.
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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
Salary Range: $67,900.00 to $122,195.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0610-00/00
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 453613200
Job Announcement Number: LL-17-TRL-T38-1827014-BU