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Job Title: Medical Sub Specialty/Operative Care Charge Nurse (Registered Nurse)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Computers, Software, Customer Service and Call Center, Government and Policy, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Collegiate Faculty, Staff, Administration, Executive Management, Medical
Job Description
Medical Sub Specialty/Operative Care Charge Nurse (Registered Nurse)

Eugene is the second largest city in the state of Oregon and the seat of Lane County. It is located at the south end of the Willamette Valley, near the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers, about 50 miles (80 km) east of the Oregon Coast. Eugene is home to the University of Oregon. The city is also noted for its natural beauty, recreational opportunities, focus on the arts, activist political leanings, and residents with "alternative" lifestyles. For more information on the Eugene area visit: http://www.visitlanecounty.org/index.cfm

The incumbent is assigned to Medical Sub Specialty and Operative Care Service. The Nurse may be reassigned as necessary to meet the operational needs and mission of the healthcare system. The section, care line, or department description and patient population served as defined in applicable Scope of Service. The medical sub specialty/operative care charge nurse provides direct and indirect nursing care to patients and families in a nursing care clinical area. He/she is accountable for adhering to established policies, standards of care, and standards of practice. The charge nurse demonstrates leadership when providing and improving patient care. The incumbent reports directly to the Nurse Manager of the nursing care clinical area. The charge nurse serves as a role model when functioning as charge nurse under the supervision of the Nurse Manager or designee.

The Nurse functions as a charge nurse for a defined group of patients for her/his shift. Responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient/resident care. Assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates care based on age-specific components. Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient/resident transition through the continuum of care, patient, and family education, patient/resident self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences. Administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team. Core elements of performance include knowledge and active participation in population served level quality improvement processes and initiatives and customer service programs.

The charge nurse demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. He/she will problem solve the daily activities that occur. He/she will create and coordinate assignments for the nursing personnel including breaks, assigning new patients to staff, arranging for and maintaining safe staffing levels, and providing coverage when necessary for off-tours. The charge nurse will assist with facilitating discharge planning such as assuring appropriate consults are ordered and follow-up appointments are scheduled. He/she will assist with applicable forms/paperwork needed for state/government documentation requirements. He/she is not routinely expected to take patients, but will during times of high census and/or acuity. The charge nurse will be responsible for facilitating the flow of patients through the continuum such as obtaining report from other clinical areas, collaborating with other healthcare disciplines, and interfacing with the Registered Nurse Officer of the Day and/or Administrative Officer of the Day. He/she will act as a liaison to with other clinical areas within the healthcare organization to arrange for appointments, deal with patient complaints, working with the Patient Advocate all to ensure optimal patient flow. He/she will ensure resources are effectively utilized and the components of the labor scheduling software are utilized.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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.
  • 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: Two years experience in Gastroenterology. Five years of Charge Nurse/Facilitator experience.

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.
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 objects up to 25 pounds 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 in person or virtually (telephonic or electronic messaging) 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, and able to shift priorities based on Veteran needs.

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • 10-2850A
  • Resume


VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. Required

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.
  • 10-2850A
  • Resume
Qualifications & Requirements

The Nurse functions as a charge nurse for a defined group of patients for her/his shift. Responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient/resident care. Assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates care based on age-specific components. Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient/resident transition through the continuum of care, patient, and family education, patient/resident self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences. Administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team. Core elements of performance include knowledge and active participation in population served level quality improvement processes and initiatives and customer service programs.

The charge nurse demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. He/she will problem solve the daily activities that occur. He/she will create and coordinate assignments for the nursing personnel including breaks, assigning new patients to staff, arranging for and maintaining safe staffing levels, and providing coverage when necessary for off-tours. The charge nurse will assist with facilitating discharge planning such as assuring appropriate consults are ordered and follow-up appointments are scheduled. He/she will assist with applicable forms/paperwork needed for state/government documentation requirements. He/she is not routinely expected to take patients, but will during times of high census and/or acuity. The charge nurse will be responsible for facilitating the flow of patients through the continuum such as obtaining report from other clinical areas, collaborating with other healthcare disciplines, and interfacing with the Registered Nurse Officer of the Day and/or Administrative Officer of the Day. He/she will act as a liaison to with other clinical areas within the healthcare organization to arrange for appointments, deal with patient complaints, working with the Patient Advocate all to ensure optimal patient flow. He/she will ensure resources are effectively utilized and the components of the labor scheduling software are utilized.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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.
  • 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: Two years experience in Gastroenterology. Five years of Charge Nurse/Facilitator experience.

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.
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 objects up to 25 pounds 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 in person or virtually (telephonic or electronic messaging) 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, and able to shift priorities based on Veteran needs.
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