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RN Care Coordinator (Decatur-Madison)

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full Time Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1202681
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.
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.
The Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is an integral part of the Medical community that provides acute, tertiary, medical, and surgical care to Veterans of Alabama. The Medical Center provides care to a veteran population of 420,000 in Alabama and treats approximately 57,000 unique veterans annually. The medical center serves as a referral center for this area with 138 operating beds with care provided in almost all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. Birmingham, AL is located in the heart of the Southeastern United States and is a progressive center for medical research, banking, music, technology, art, engineering, and higher education.
Must pass pre-employment examination. Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required. Background and/or Security Investigation required. Must be proficient in written and spoken English Selective Service Registration is required for Males born after 12/31/1959
This position functions as a full-time staff Registered Nurse Care Coordinator throughout the Primary Care Service Line in the Decatur-Madison CBOC. As a Registered Nurse Care Coordinator care will include management of multiple types of psychiatric/behavioral and medical/physical conditions provided in an outpatient setting, including Telehealth. Other duties include:
The selectee will be responsible and accountable for coordinating patient care for individual and groups of patients ranging from the young adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 or older.
The selectee functions as a critical member and leader within an integrated multidisciplinary team. The selectee will be responsible for triage, preventive health screening, immunizations, medication management, crisis intervention, medical/physical and psychosocial assessments.
The selectee will provide patient and family education including health promotion and disease prevention; actively participates in quality improvement activities, utilization review and performance measures.
The selectee will observe patient behaviors and reaction patterns to modify treatment plans and medications for mental health veterans. The selectee will be expected to work independently and make appropriate referrals to the community or other professional resources as needed.
The position is largely providing community based clinical services. He/she must have a valid driver's license; must be physically energetic; mobile and observant.
The selectee must be psychologically resilient, resourceful and capable of equanimity and flexibility in the face of recurrent, urgent, stressful interpersonal and group situations. The RN will provide critical clinical support along with all other nursing and technical duties required in the clinic.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.
This announcement may be used tofill other Registered Nurse positions in the various teams within thePrimary Care Service Line such as Primary Care CBOCs.
Internal employees will be reassigned at their current gradeand step.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship: Non-citizens maybe 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: The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Nurse I, Level 2-Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing, approx. 1 year experience OR Associate Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor in a related field, no experience, OR BSN, no experience.
Nurse I, Level3-Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing, approx. 2-3 years' experience OR Associates Degree or Diploma in Nursing and Bachelor degree in a related field, approx. 1-2 years of experience OR BSN, approx. 1-2 years of experience OR MSN or related field with a BSN or Bachelor degree in related field, no experience.
Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years of experience or a Master degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2years of experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.
Nurse III - Master degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years of experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3years of experience.
Preferred Experience:
Two (2) years of successful general medical-surgical practice experience preferred.
Two (2) years of Ambulatory Care/Case Manager preferred.
BSN or higher degree preferred.
Current BCLS certification.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to assess and prioritize multiple medical and surgical diagnoses.
Demonstrated excellent physical assessment skills.
Demonstrated ability to be dependable, self-directed, and flexible, including flexibility in assignment and time scheduling.
GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
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, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: 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. Physical Requirements: Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ( ). Functional requirements include light lifting under 15 lbs, light carrying 15-44 lbs, walking and standing and standing for up to 8 hours, use of rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, ability to read type written characters (glasses permitted), ability to hear the whispered voice (hearing aid permitted), repeated bending for up to 8 hours, etc.
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 .
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 12, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
R sum / CV. Your resume or CV should include the vacancy announcement information and personal information including:current/ prior Federal service information, education information, work experience which includes job title, duties, and responsibilities, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and telephone number, starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked per week, and salary.Please indicate whether your supervisor(s) can be contacted (required).
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available ) (required) .
SF 50: Notification of Personnel Action (required)
Unofficial copy of transcripts: with degree conferred date (required)
If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required; if applicable). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available ) and provide the appropriate VA letter.
Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available ).
Please use this _checklist_to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify),documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1202681.
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 12, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.
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, thrift savings plan, 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 . This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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