The Cincinnati, OH VA Medical Center is seeking Registered Nurse to work in Employee Occupational Health (EOH) at our facility. If you are interested in a career that offers professional/work life balance in a supportive clinical learning environment, providing integrated patient-centered, state-of-the-art care to Veterans, we welcome you to apply to be part of the Cincinnati VA team! Cincinnati is a family friendly, affordable, metropolitan city with great parks, fine arts, and food scene. 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: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) English Language Proficiency: RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). Graduation from School of Nursing: Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153. The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site; or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 463-6930. Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site. Registration: Condition of Employment. A registered nurse (RN) will have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The appointing official may waive this registration if the RN is to serve in a country other than the U.S. and the RN has registration in that country (e.g., Philippines). The RN must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA. Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists. On and after [March 17, 2009], registered nurses appointed or otherwise moving into these assignments must meet and maintain the following additional qualifications. This includes employees appointed before [March 17, 2009], who obtain such qualifications on or after [March 17, 2009.] Nurse Practitioners. A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. (The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.) 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. Physical Demands: 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 RN 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 RN may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The RN must be capable of working effectively in stressful situations and 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. The RN who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. Preferred Qualifications/Experience: Previous experience in Employee Occupational Health Occupation Health certification strongly preferred BSN or higher BLS/ACLS Requirements: Current certification in BLS is required for all staff providing direct patient care, and police. Additionally, current ACLS is required for patient care staff that work in specified or high-risk areas (SICU/ICU/CCU/MICU/PACU/ED/and all procedure suites using moderate sedation, etc.). If you are selected for a position which requires BLS/ACLS certification, you will be required to have proof of certification prior to being boarded for appointment with VA. If selected, obtain such certification to avoid any delays in the hiring process. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3 These references can be found in the local Human Resources Office. ["The VA has been named one of the Top 5 Best Places to Work in the federal government. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards\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 REGISTERED NURSE - EMPLOYEE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH The Employee Occupational Health (EOH) Registered Nurse (RN) provides care and counseling of persons or in the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness and injury based upon the nursing process which includes: Systematic data gathering Assessment Appropriate nursing judgment Evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as: Case finding Health teaching Health counseling Provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being Executing medical regimens including administering medications and treatments prescribed by a licensed or otherwise legally authorized provider. The EOH RN works toward the goals and responsibilities of Employee Occupational Health services including, but not limited to: Employee vaccinations/immunizations Exposure management, follow-up, and treatment Ergonomic program assessments and follow-up care Other employee wellness programs Mandated surveillance exams Work will include some clinical evaluations and has substantial administrative responsibilities. Position may involve travel to other Cincinnati VA off site locations, VISN 10 administrative offices and CBOCs. Triages employees who come to the Employee Health clinic with complaints of illness or injury to the appropriate level of care. Perform clinical care including vaccinations, employee exposure evaluation, respiratory protection medical clearances, consultations regarding tuberculosis testing and status, evaluation of employee work-related injuries or illnesses and make referrals as necessary Serve as OHRS Administrator, training EOH practitioners prior to providing access & serving as a resource to all EOH and non-EOH staff using OHRS Serve as or participates in the Influenza Vaccination Program, which includes ensuring all remote locations have an assigned Flu-champion prior to rolling out vaccinations for the season Serve as workman's compensation liaison for workplace illnesses and injuries Administer first aid, medications and treatments authorized by a medical provider (MD/NP) in accordance with organizational policy and procedure. Be responsible for exposure investigations, following protocols for employees which may include but not limited to COVID, C-Difficile, chickenpox, measles, meningitis, mumps, MRSA, bed bugs, shingles, scabies, lice & conjunctivitis. Maintains spread sheets of post-exposure incidents (I.E. COVID, Tuberculosis, Influenza, etc.). Responsible for Notification of all employees identified as potentially exposed, ordering baseline and follow-up labs, documenting care provided and reporting incidents to Infection Prevention and Control Committee. Monitors, counsels, and educates employees who have received a percutaneous or mucosal exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material for blood borne pathogens. Learn/understand/counsel about TB conversions, notify, process and recommended prophylaxis. Assists with ergonomic evaluations for employees. Actively involved in coordinating the day-to-day operations of EOH program and provides input into the strategic planning process in attainment of organizational goals. The RN is under the supervision of a Nurse Manager or other immediate supervisor who provides the administrative supervision and general instruction, plans, and assigns work, assigns time schedules, approves leave, and completes performance evaluations. Clinical supervision is provided by a registered nurse, physician, or other provider. RN is responsible for being self-directed in the delivery of patient care under moderate to close supervision and instruction by the supervisor. During non-administrative tours, the Nurse Coordinator provides general supervision and approves leave for Patient Care Service RNs. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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