Registered Nurse-GI Care Coordinator-EDRP-Recruitment Incentive
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Austin, Texas
Internal Number: 669602600
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more 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. HPTs who are on track to graduate/complete the requirements should respond as if they have met the requirements. Provide details in the narrative sections of the assessment. 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: BLS ACLS At least 1 year of experience administering moderate sedation At least 1 year of experience working in a procedural area in a hospital or clinic setting 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. 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: Lifting up to 35·pounds for 8-12 hours, intermittently, moderate carrying (15-35 pounds) for 8 to 12 hours, intermittently, lifting over 35 pounds with assistive devices in accordance with the Safe Patient Handling Policy except in emergent situations requiring prompt patient care, pulling for 8 to 12 hours intermittently, pushing for 8-12 hours, intermittently, reaching above the shoulders for 8-12 hours, intermittently, both hands required, walking 8-12 hours, intermittently, standing 8-12 hours intermittently, kneeling 8 to 12 hours, intermittently, repeated bending for 8-12 hours, intermittently, climbing and use of both legs and arms for 8-12 hours, intermittently, both legs required, near vision at 13 to 16" Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing aid permitted, twisting, simple grasp and fine manipulation. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards\nThe GI Care Coordinator practices for the Gastroenterology (GI) Department which provides outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic GI procedures. The GI Care Coordinator fills a clinical and administrative role with the primary goal of ensuring timely GI related consults are scheduled according to\nthe mandates set forth by National VA Directives and initiatives, as well as coordination of care for Veterans seen in the endoscopy unit. The successful completion of these duties is assured by the GI Care Coordinator acting as a liaison between GI providers, GI nursing staff, Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), Pharmacy, Social Work, Internet Technology (IT), Clinical Applications Coordinators (CAC) and ancillary staff to assure all mandates, rules, and regulations are met with success.\nThe GI Care Coordinator's duties include daily consult management to include GI consult review for: ensuring Veteran's with anticoagulation therapy meet anticoagulation medication safety precautions, clinically indicated date (CID) of consults are within appropriate timeframe, colon prep is ordered for each colonoscopy patient, appropriate education is provided to the Veteran, appropriate consults to Anesthesia services are ordered and collaboration with GI providers to ensure safe, timely, and appropriate care is provided. The GI Care Coordinator is focused on health promotion and illness prevention by performing education and assisting with implementing strategies and tools to reduce cancellation rates. The GI Care Coordinator demonstrates excellent communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain effective interpersonal relationships within GI and other services. The GI Care Coordinator will foster patient trust and confidence through integrity, knowledge, teaching, responsiveness, and continuity of care.\nThe GI Coordinator is a competent nurse who demonstrates proficiency in using the nursing process in providing care for veterans with complex nursing care needs. This nurse integrates knowledge, skills, abilities, and judgment and is self-directed in goal setting for managing complex situations. This nurse demonstrates the ability to cope with and manage competing priorities. The competent nurse guides and directs others through collaborative efforts.\nOther duties include, but are not limited to: participating in GI departmental team building; delivering and managing care of patients undergoing therapeutic and diagnostic endoscopic procedures for outpatients; providing moderate sedation and managing care for gastrointestinal outpatients and critically ill in-patients; conducting pre and post procedure patient education and nursing assessments, stabilizes vital signs and hemodynamic status, maintains patent airway and invasive lines, and maintains patient tubes, catheters, and drains; assesses patient motor and sensory function and assesses orientation status and compares to baseline; maintains physical and emotional comfort as well as provides adequate pain management. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid 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)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, and extended hours based on needs of service and organization. Tours of duty include 7:30am - 4:00pm, 8:00am - 4:30pm, 08:30am -5:00pm, or 9:30am - 6:00pm\nNo travel, except New Employee Orientation at Temple Campus for 2 weeks\nTelework: May be available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact VISN17EDRP2@va.gov , the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.