Registered Nurse - ICU
Company: Lexington VA Medical Center
Posted on: January 26, 2023
Registered Nurse - Intensive Care Unit
Up to $15,000 Sign on Bonus
26 Days of Annual Leave
11 Paid Holidays
13 Sick Days
Student Loan Reimbursement
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Thrift Saving Plan (TSP) Federal 401K
Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS)
FSAFEDS Flexible Spending Account
Paid Parental Leave (up to 12 weeks)
Guaranteed hours - no down staffing
VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package:VA Nurse Total
The registered nurse (staff nurse) is directly responsible to the
designated manager in the assigned critical care area; the
registered nurse, provides an environment for the delivery of care
to clinically complicated and severely ill patients with acute and
potentially life threatening, general medical, surgical and disease
carrying multi-system failure in the adult population. They are
responsible for assuring continuity of care for Critical Care
patients implementing applicable disease management protocols as
The registered nurse possesses basic knowledge and skills to apply
all aspects of the nursing process within a collaborative,
interdisciplinary practice setting which will then enable effective
implementation of health promotion and prevention practices,
management of acute and chronic illnesses, and attainment of
optimal levels of functioning and/or support of the dying patient
and significant others. Interdisciplinary plans of care are
developed, implemented, reviewed and revised as necessary. Nursing
responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient nursing care.
Initiate treatments, administer critical medications and monitors
effects and patient progress.
Assists the critical care physician with procedures.
Identify sudden or subtle changes in a patient's medical
Collaborate with ICU team and other health care professionals.
Respond to Rapid Response and Code Blue calls.
Deliver regular updates to doctors, patients, and their family
Operate technological equipment utilized on the unit.
Maintain complete and accurate computerized patient records.
Act as patient advocate.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Role responsibilities and accountabilities also include
demonstration of knowledge and skills necessary to provide care
appropriate to the age-related needs of patients served in the
assigned area of practice. This knowledge includes understanding
changes associated with aging and principles of growth and
development relevant to the adult and geriatric population.
Pay Scale:NP96Pay:Competitive salary, regular salary increases,
potential for performance awardsPaid 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 VAInsurance: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 territoryWork Schedule:80 hours per pay period. Various
TOD available.Telework:Not AvailableVirtual:This is not a virtual
position.Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:May Be AuthorizedEDRP
Authorized: Contactvisn9hredrp@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for
questions/assistance.Learn morePermanent Change of Station (PCS):
AuthorizedFinancial Disclosure Report:Not required for this
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
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
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
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a
requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care
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.
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
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 nursingapproved 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.ORThe 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)ORIn 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
Current, full, active, and unrestricted registrationas a graduate
professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e.,
Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
Greater than (2) two years of critical care nursing experience
Certifications Related to Critical Care such as CCRN
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
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
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 . The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and
contaminated materials and may be required to don protective
clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.
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.
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,
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 befully vaccinatedagainst 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.If you are unable to apply online
or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view
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