Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration RN Staff Nurse - MDSand MDS Facilitator in GRC in Los Angeles, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Los Angeles, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (22 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1809913

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The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is seeking to find experienced Registered Nurses (RN) to function as the Resident Assessment Minimum Data Set and MDS Coordinator for various units in our Geriatrics and Rehabilitative Care Services located in our West Los Angeles and Sepulveda campus including the following:

  1. Transitional Care Unit (TCU) - The TCU ward is located on 2EBCin building 500 at our WLA campus; it is a sub-acute setting, with a faster turnaround of patients with their care and treatments.

  2. Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) - The ARU- is located on 2EADwith rehab patients recovering from recent ortho- surgeries, strokes or Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI). It is located in building 500 at our WLA campus.

3.The Community Living Centers (CLC) is located on WLA campus in buildings 213 & 215. Both of these buildings offer a community nursing home setting for our residents. Finally, at our Sepulveda campus building 99*-G-35 *Nursing Care Center (CLC) we offer both community home nursing and hospice care and treatments to our residents.

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

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The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is seeking to find experienced Registered Nurses (RN) to function as the Resident Assessment Minimum Data Set RAI/MDS) RN and MDS Coordinator in various wards in our Geriatric and Rehabilitative Services located in our West Los Angeles and Sepulveda sites. The Resident Assessment Minimum Data Set (RAI/MDS) Facilitator coordinates the completion of the RAI/MDS assessments by initiating all resident assessments, notifying all disciplines of the time frame for assessment completion, has responsibility to ensure the RAI/MDS assessment is completed in the appropriate time frame and places the final signature on all completed assessments. The facilitator starts all Care Plans in the current MDS 3.0 program, is a consultant in completing the Care Plan, attends staffing meetings, documents and can facilitate weekly Resident Care Conferences. He/she prints Care Plan for each resident being reviewed at the Resident Team Conference, reviews care plan at Resident Care Conference and is backup to complete the RAI/MDS assessment. Each facilitator supports the GRC service area and is back-up for other facilitators. The Facilitator participates in analyzing RAI/MDS data, reports results at weekly resident care conferences and administers required immunizations to new admissions.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday day shift with occasional shift changes for in-services and meetings as needed by the service

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Reviews each MDS for new residents, or after change in condition of current residents to assure completion and accuracy within the expected timeframe.

  2. Implements plan of care for residents and monitors progress toward discharge goals and reports data via QM.

  3. Develops MDS Calendar for each Resident.

  4. Participates in educational activities to enhance role performance at the unit/team level

  5. Provides educational training/in-services in the RAI/MDS process to different levels of health professionals.

  6. Participates in the training of others related to the RAI/MDS process.

  7. Updates the MDS promptly during the meeting.

  8. Coordinates periodic comprehensive interdisciplinary assessments upon admission, monthly, annual, quarterly reassessments every 90 days, or any change of condition.

  9. Takes the lead in initiating an individual care plan that reflects the residents' choices, likes and dislikes.

  10. Uses research to validate or change Work group/Team practice.

  11. Guide or direct in adopting literature related to the RAI/MDS process to validate or change current practice.

  12. Assures detailed, current and comprehensive documentation is contained in the patient medical record and other pertinent records.

  13. Continuously monitors the environment for potential and/or actual safety hazards. Assures adherence to strict safety procedures by all staff.

  14. Guides and directs patient care delivery of support staff. Provides input for staff evaluation to rating official(s).

  15. Specific MDS Coordinator Duties include:

Expert in coordination of MDS process including but not limited to: a) Review of MDS staff nurse work for any missing information and/or corrections needed. b) Coordination of timely completion of all ancillary disciplines' designated sections. c) Signing, sealing, transmission and locking of MDS records to national centralized database d) Completion and distribution of MDS calendars to notify staff of MDS due dates and IDT review. e) Monitoring monthly QI data and makes recommendations for improvement whenever necessary

Duty Location: May be assigned to one of the following locations

  1. VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System - 11301 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles CA 90073

  2. VA Sepulveda - 16111 Plummer Street North Hills, CA 91343

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday day shift with occasional shift changes for in-services and meetings as needed by the service

Functional Statement Title:Staff Nurse

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • To provide coverage for G-35 at the Sepulveda campus.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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
  • 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* AND* degree equivalency documentation 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)
  • English Language Proficiency

Preferred Experience:

  • BSN preferred

* 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

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from one of the following: American Heart Association - Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers ORthe Military Training Network (MTN) Provider Certificate/Card
  • National certification in Geriatrics and/or Rehabilitative Nursing preferred.
  • At least two - three (2-3) years of recent MDS experience and successful RN experience in Medical-Surgical, Geriatric or Rehabilitative setting preferred.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of self-direction or organizational skills,
  • Evidence of effectively educating patients and patient families.
  • Computer literacy and proficiency with the use of Microsoft Office programs or comparable word processing, spreadsheet and graphic software and the ability to learn new programs specific to the VA

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.

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.

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.

Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, kneeling, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The candidate 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 candidate 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. The candidate will be working closely with others and may have protracted or irregular hours of work.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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.

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

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Registered Nurses employed by the Veterans Affairs earn annual leave at a rate of 8 hours per pay period and earn sick leave at a rate of 4 hours per pay period.

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.

Other Information

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.

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

Salary Range: $71,251.00 to $121,878.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452301000

Job Announcement Number: 16-RN-ETP-1809913