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RN-Outpatient (SCI/D)

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Aurora
Posted on: April 17, 2019

Job Description:

The Outpatient SCI Nurse is accountable when assigned as a primary nurse for a defined group of patients for the entire episode of care, of care, shift or clinic appointment. Based on education and experience, may be assigned responsibilities as preceptor, charge nurse, or unit shift leader. The Outpatient: SCI Nurse provides age-specific care for adult (18-64), older adult (65-74) and geriatric (over 75) patients who have sustained damage to the spinal cord throughout the continuum of their lifetime, which incorporates stabilization after injury, rehabilitation, unrelated medical/surgical conditions, health maintenance and long-term follow-up of the injured individual, as well as psychosocial support including the family of significant others. The Outpatient: SCI Nurse promotes achievable independence and adjustments conducive to health, assisting the patients and the families to look beyond the disability. Their supportive interventions reduce the stigmas of disability and help individuals reestablish and maintain control over all aspects of their lives. The Outpatient: SCI Nurse collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to promote efficient, effective, individualized care to assist the patient in achieving optimal function and health. Specific functions include but not limited to:



  • Applies the nursing process to systems or processes at the unit/team work group level to improve care;
  • Demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care;
  • Supports and enhances client self-determination and serves as a resource for clients and staff in addressing ethical issues;
  • Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues, taking appropriate action;
  • Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice. Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance;
  • Evaluates practice of self and others using professional standards, relevant statues, and regulations and takes action to improve performance;


    Work Schedule: 40 hours per week. The tour of duty is generally eight hours shifts, Monday-Friday 0800-1700. Tours many adjust pending provider hours and clinic needs.

    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Functional Statement: RN-Outpatient (SCI/D), 000000

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/22/2019.

    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: Outpatient Clinic Experience, Rehab Certification, SCI/D 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 and approximately 2-3 year's 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:

        FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS-- Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds and over-- Heavy Carrying 54 pounds and over-- Straight pulling (2-6 hours)-- Pushing (2-6 hours)-- Reaching above shoulder-- Use of fingers-- Both hands required-- Walking (5-9 hours)-- Standing (4-8 hours)-- Kneeling (1-2 hours-- Repeated bending (2-4 hours)-- Climbing, legs only (1-2 hours)-- Twisting (2-4 hours)

        ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS-- Excessive noise, intermittent-- Constant noise-- Radiant energy-- Electrical energy-- Slippery or uneven surfaces-- Working around moving objects and vehicles-- Unusual fatigue factors-- Working with hands in water-- Working closely with others-- Working alone-- Heavy patient care-- Rotating/Multiple shifts

        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, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Keywords: US Department of Veterans Affairs, Aurora , RN-Outpatient (SCI/D), Healthcare , Aurora, Colorado

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