Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse - Education Clinical Lead in Albany, New York
Summary The Albany VAMC is looking to fill (1) Registered Nurse - Lead Clinician position Responsibilities VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Registered Nurse Clinical Lead (CL/APM) is responsible for the direction and oversight of the nurse educators within the Department of Learning & Development. Oversight includes but is not limited to supervision, coaching & mentoring, and oversight of workflow of the nurse educators within the Department of Learning & Development (L&D). This position reports directly to the Designated Learning Officer (DLO). The CL/APM is responsible for educational programmatic assignments and evaluates the creation and delivery of educational programs within the organization. The CL/APM works collaboratively with the Associate Director Patient Care Services (ADPCS), Nurse Managers (NM's) and Quality Management to create a true interdisciplinary team environment. The CL/APM utilizes innovative educational systems e.g., simulations to further develop clinical competence of the nurse educators and staff. The CL/APM executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience and created approaches in addressing the educational needs based on adult learning principles for clinical and non-clinical staff and manages programs for staff training and development with associated application processes. He/she also coordinates programs to assure staff competence in providing care for patients across the adult continuum, taking into consideration diagnoses and physical, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural and service/time of conflict needs. Annual Needs Assessments and Post program evaluation/metrics are critical in ensuring a competent work force and care delivery. The duties of the Clinical Lead include but are not limited to- Demonstrates ability to function effectively as a clinical lead/ team leader, or other leadership roles. Applies problem-solving skills using the team approach to identify, analyze, and resolve problems Working with the leadership team in the assigned facility/clinical areas, conducts an annual learning needs assessment of the staff that can be used to guide the development of an annual education plan. This plan will include, but is not limited to, nursing competency identification for the Clinical Section and unit-specific requirements Effectively manages assigned resources and identifies creative strategies to increase efficiency within programs, the service, and the medical center Self-directed in collaborating with colleagues to review staffing and plan strategies together to solve issues Analyzes and forecasts for FTEE related to staffing ceiling Participates and takes a leadership role in providing input in the budgetary process at the service level Participates in recruitment and retention of quality staff for the service Ensures staff comply with infection control practices, such as handwashing and wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment Ensures staff comply with safe work practices. Complies with safety rules and regulations for safe job performance and fire protection. Ensures staff practice safe body mechanics, uses mechanical devices, and/or requests help when needed in moving, lifting, or turning patients to prevent injury to patient, self or others Actively participates in the advancement of nursing through contributions to knowledge development and education. Mentors less experienced nurses Maintains professional knowledge and skills based on currently published or communicated information, such as through professional readings and refereed nursing journals, and attending workshops and seminars Initiates and leads the interdisciplinary group in critical thinking processes that lead to decisions that positively impact the program, service, or medical center Makes sustained contributions to health care inside or outside the medical center as evidenced by professional presentations, publication in professional journals, academic teaching, and active participation in professional organizations Shares clinical expertise with professional and support personnel. Provides meaningful learning experiences for students, orientees, and staff; and promotes the exchange of nursing expertise among colleagues on a regular basis 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, Day shift with occasional off tour work and weekends Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications 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: Supervisory experience. Educational program development Board Certified in Nursing Professional Development is preferred MSN in Nursing Education preferred BLS Background in med/Surg nursing and/or critical care a plus 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: 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, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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 must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. 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