The RN is assigned to Home Based Primary Care (HBPC), a department of the Rehabilitation and Long Term Care (RL TC) Division at the VA Portland Health Care System in Salem, Oregon. 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: Valid driver's license and proof of insurance (RN will not transport patients) One year of VA Home-Based Primary Care experience One year of successful clinical nursing experience (e.g. Med/Surg, ER/ICU/Urgent Care, adult primary care) Experience working in an intensive interdisciplinary team preferred AHA BLS certified 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/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. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting/carrying (15-44 pounds); straight pulling (.5 hours); pushing (.5 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (3 hours); standing (4-6 hours); kneeling (2 hours); repeated bending (2 hours); climbing, legs only (1 hour); both legs required; operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; at least 20/40 vision in each eye; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid may be permitted); mental & emotional stability; horizontal meridian in each eye. Environmental Factors: Outside and inside; excessive heat/cold; dust; fumes, smoke, or gases; slippery or uneven walking surfaces; working around moving objects or vehicles; working closely with others; working alone; animal dander, insects. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The HBPC provides home care and community services for Veterans who have a number of chronic medical conditions or require post-surgical care. Patient populations include male and female, adult and elderly, frail patients. HBPC provides home health care services but does not provide infusion therapy, home health aide, chore, or hospice care services. The RN staff provides medication management, injections, wound care, anticoagulation and glucose monitoring, blood draws, specimen collection, safety evaluations and assessments, and patient education. The RN is accountable for a primary caseload, for patient assessments, patient/family education, and coordination of the therapeutic regimen in the home setting. The HBPC RN demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm; or, 8:00am to 4:30pm"]
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