This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more 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: ONC Certification upon hire, or must be obtained within the first year of employment 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: Heavy lifting and carrying (45+ lbs.); Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs.); Light lifting (under 15 lbs.); Heavy carrying (45+ lbs.); Moderate carrying (15-44 lbs.); light carrying (under 15 lbs.); pushing (1 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (6 hours); standing (2 hours); kneeling (1 hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); Work may be performed outside and inside constant noise; unusual fatigue factors: mental fatigue working with hands in water; working closely with others. This is an Open Continuous Announcement. Resumes/Questionnaires received in USA Staffing in response to this announcement will be maintained in the USA Staffing job file. Qualification determinations will be done based on the applicant's resume/questionnaire/documents submitted for the position and a list of qualified candidates will be referred to Service.**The first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral on Monday, May 2, 2022**. Subsequent referrals of qualified applicants will be referred on the 17th of each month (Cutoff dates) or as need it. The vacancy announcement will remain open until closed, canceled or filled.** ["The Registered Nurse in the Outpatient Chemotherapy Department and the radiation oncology nurse provides direct patient care to radiation oncology inpatients and outpatients, both practice under the nursing section of patient care services within the Detroit VAMC.. The The oncology nurse provides direct patient care to adult and geriatric patients who are being treated for a variety of cancers and or blood disorders. Assists patients with maintaining a pump if indicated, may perform blood draws and will assess and or triage overall well being and needs of the patient. Collaborates with providers, community resources and ancillary services to provide the most efficient and compassionate care for the patients. Provide team and disease based management including facilitating access to Hematology Oncology care by assessing new and all follow up patients, devising care plans, administering direct delivery of care with coordination of other care needed. Educate patients and families on disease process, treatment regime, pre-treatment expectations, post- home care/equipment trouble shooting, clinic and infusion room follow up, preventive care and inpatient discharge teaching with clinic/infusion room follow up. Administer chemotherapy, biotherapy and hormonal therapy agents as well as supportive infusion drug therapy, blood products and vaccinations to Oncology, Hematology and Collaborative patients i.e. Neurology, Arthritis and GI. Perform laboratory draws, Phlebotomies for fluid volume extraction, Intravenous starts, access/de-access and maintenance of vascular access devices, dressing changes and administration via CADD infusion pumps for home infusions. Perform additional duties include activating and performing care during codes, identification of all patients, performing EKG's, ordering ongoing labs, consults, scheduling follow up appointments for treatments and provider clearance appointments for next cycles, pre and post care and instructions for bone marrow procedures. Coordinate nursing activities including preventive health screening and education, pain and symptom assessment, management and counseling for palliative care and end of life care with other team members. Complete daily review and track all Hematology, Oncology, Collaborative and Flex clinic Provider notes, orders, consults and discharge instructions and seek clarification or new orders. Daily review all laboratory and test results, communicate results to Providers, seek orders or change in treatment as necessary and communicate to patients findings either in person, by phone or mailing. Initiate and return phone calls to Veterans regarding Provider appointment times, test prep, prescriptions renewals, scheduled laboratory appointments, hoptel/hotel arrangements, transportation, Bone Marrow Transplant travel care/arrangements and future plans for care. Provide post infusion appointments, patients who no call/ no show are contacted by phone within 24 hours to reschedule and patient letters regarding missed appointments are initiated The radiation oncology nurse will be able to triage/assess the patient/family needs and responses to this treatment. The radiation oncology nurse will provide the education prior to treatment, during treatment, and post treatment. The radiation oncology nurse will be knowledgeable with the Radiation Oncology technical operations but not required to operate the diagnostic radiation equipment. The radiation oncology nurse will adhere to and provide special attention to the safety guidelines associated with this area. The radiation oncology nurse will coordinate the care for the patients receiving this treatment. The radiation oncology nurse will collect and compile data necessary for management of patients with malignant diseases. Must have ONS Bio-Therapy certification for Administration of Cytotoxic Agents ONC Certification must be obtained within the first year of employment. Must maintain BLS Work Schedule: Mon-Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm; 8:30am - 5:00 pm (May be required to work over to for clinic coverage. Schedule can vary based on the current vacancy being filled. Specific work schedule will be discussed during the interview process\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Eve.Harper@va.gov or Brian.Huhman@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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