We are seeking a full-time RN for the Hematology Oncology Outpatient Clinic who possesses good organizational skills which enable completion of work and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team. The incumbent should be self- directed and possesses effective skills in clinical assessment, critical thinking, and problem resolution. 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: Minimum 3 years' experience working in the Hematology Oncology specialty Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) through Oncology Nurse Society (ONS) Triage (telephonic and in-person) experience preferred 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: Standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 6 hours), stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning; repositioning patients, assisting with transfers; pushing or lifting in excess of 45 pounds; visual (corrected to 20/30 or better with color discrimination); auditory acuity; arms above shoulder level; neck in a fully flexed or extended position; work on computers for extended periods of time. Work is primarily conducted in a well-ventilated, adequately heated and cooled building. May be exposed to inclement weather when traveling around medical center. May be exposed to normal office irritants - dust, pollen, noise, vibrations, or odors. May be exposed to therapy animals with and without advanced notice. May be exposed to patients and family in emotional upheaval or extreme pain. Must have emotional stability to properly care for usual patient population. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Hematology Oncology Triage Nurse uses the nursing process and evidence-based practice to collaborate with the core team (patient, Oncologists and expanded team, family/caregiver, internal and community-based services involved in providing care to the patient) in developing the patient-driven holistic care plan for life. The incumbent works in partnership with the Oncology team and the panel of patients for effective oncology care management. The duties of a Hematology Oncology Triage Nurse include but are not limited to: Maintain Chemotherapy Biotherapy Certificate Responds to the patient's needs for care, medication, and equipment assisted care Provides effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medication and/or prescribed treatment regimes. Uses the nursing process and evidence-based practice to collaborate with the core team (patient, oncologists, family/caregiver, internal and community-based services involved in providing care to the patient) in developing the patient-driven holistic care plan for life. Demonstrates leadership and mastery of practice in delivering efficient, comprehensive, and continuous patient driven care through active collaboration, communication, and coordination of research. Provides reporting, communication and documentation in the computerized patient record system with other members of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team. Manages follow-up care via telephone, letter, or My Healthy Vet secure messaging to ensure issues are addressed timely. Works in partnership with the oncology team for effective oncology care management Work with the Hematology/Oncology Nurse Navigator and the Medical Support Assistant (MSA) to provide coordination of appointments and scheduling. Triages and assesses walk-in patients as necessary. Triages and provides appropriate services to patients who telephone with health concerns. 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: Rotational eight hour day shift Monday to Friday 7:00am-3:30pm, 7:30am-4:00pm, or 8:00am-4:30pm with episodic requirements to work beyond tour to meet the needs of the agency Telework: 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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