This position is located at the Homeless Programs on River Street, Boise, ID, in Social Work Service. The Registered Nurse (RN) Homeless Patient aligned Care Team (HPACT) reports to the Homeless Program Supervisor, who reports to the Chief, Social Work. The HPACT RN will provide oversight of day-to-day nursing services and will notify the supervisor of any nursing concerns. The employee also accepts direction from his/her respective service leadership and facility nursing policies. 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. 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. 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: Working with homeless population and in mental health; knowledge of mental health diagnoses. 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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: Moderate lifting and carrying (15-44lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Walking and Standing (4-8 hours); Repeated bending (4-8 hours); Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle; Near vision correctable at 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 basic colors and shades of colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted). Environmental Factors: Outside and inside; Excessive noise, intermittent; Constant noise; Slippery or uneven walking surfaces; Working closely with others; Working alone; Protracted or irregular hours of work: May occasionally work in the community. ["The RN in HPACT executes the position and responsibilities that demonstrates leadership, experience, and creative approaches to the management of complex care for patients in the HPACT program. Roles and responsibilities includes, but not limited to: Adheres to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice and for demonstrating leadership and improving care for a caseload of patients who are experiencing homelessness and may have chronic medical illnesses and/or mental health diagnoses. Conducts standardized assessments of patient's clinical status and providing these assessments to other treating providers, utilizing the nursing process in evaluation, problem identification, crisis resolution, treatment planning and evaluation of outcomes. Works in collaboration with other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team, under the direction of the Homeless Program Supervisor. Provides services to improve the quality of care delivered to homeless Veterans with a variety of complex needs. This care may be done in various settings including the patient's home, assisted living, group home, on the VA campus or other community settings as deemed appropriate. May provide coverage for a range of nursing responsibilities within Behavioral Health. Maintains compliant with established HPACT performance indicators. Ensures compliant with established policies and procedures that meet accreditation standards for both The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Uses professional standards of care and practice to evaluate self and others using professional standards, relevant statutes and regulations and takes action to improve performance. Willingly accepts additional and special assignments that are necessary to meet program goals or customer needs. The position requires that the incumbent must possess a valid driver's license and VA driver's competency training to be able to transport patients. The HPACT RN demonstrates proficiency in technical skills in the assigned area. Accepts assignment to Veterans with a variety of complex needs who have been identified as homeless. Makes assignments consistent with personnel's abilities and Veteran needs. Establishes work priorities to accomplish assignments. Demonstrates increasing expertise in knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the Veteran population in accordance with area of assignment, including the ability to obtain and interpret information to identify Veteran needs and to provide the care need VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 0730 - 1600 Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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