Nursing Professional Development Practitioner (Nurse Educator)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Hines, Illinois
Internal Number: 678802900
A recruitment/relocation incentive is NOT authorized for this position. 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: Previous Mental Health experience preferred. Previous Nursing Education experience preferred. Mental Health certification preferred. MSN 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: 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 incumbent 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 incumbent may occasionally be exposed 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, 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. ["VISN 12 is committed to fostering and sustaining an environment which celebrates diversity, provides equitable opportunities for employment and promotion, and supports inclusiveness in our culture. Together, we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that promote professional growth and teamwork, and are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We embrace our differences as individuals and unite as a team toward a common goal: to serve our nation's Veterans. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The function of the Nursing Professional Development Practitioner (NPDP), previously known as Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) or Nurse Educator, is to provide nursing professional development leadership in the development, coordination and implementation of educational programs that foster staff development and enhance the quality, safety and process of patient care. The work environment for NPDP's includes the Learning (Education Service-based) and Practice (clinical service-based) Environments. The Nursing Professional Development Practitioner, per the 2016 ANA approved NPD Scopes & Standards, \"is a registered nurse who influences professional role competence and professional growth of learners in a variety of settings. The NPD practitioner supports lifelong learners in an inter-professional environment that facilitates continuous development and learning for the health care team (Harper & Maloney, 2016). The Nursing Professional Development Practitioner possesses broad-based clinical and educational knowledge necessary to effectively apply all aspects of the educational process within a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice setting. The NPDP has responsibility for: Collaborating with others in the facility to ensure that educational activities are based upon assessed learning competency needs of clinical staff and trainees, workforce development and priorities identified by VHA, Network, Hines VA Hospital, Nursing Service, and Education Service; Providing educational activities and products that are high quality, cost-effective, timely and follow principles of adult learning and customer service; Improving service/organizational performance by evaluating, monitoring and reporting program outcomes. Being accountable for multiple facets of education, training and professional & organizational development within the larger strategy of promoting a learning culture across the system. Development and coordination of comprehensive interprofessional education, including new learning methodologies, including simulation learning, to promote quality education and hands-on training in an environment that establishes knowledge and skills prior to actual patient encounters. Assessing, planning, designing, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating educational offerings to clinically-active Hines VAH staff. Assisting in the development and administration of educational technologies for innovative approaches in training and education for interdisciplinary staff at all levels and locations. Providing education to support the facility's goal to become a High Reliability Organization. The NPDP role is directly aligned to Education Service under the Supervisor Nursing Education for NPDP practice and learning environment assignments, annual proficiency, and professional development. It is the role of the NPDP to serve current organizational clinical priorities and needs for nursing staff professional development, education, and training. Per the NPD Scopes and Standards (Harper & Maloney, 2016), the NPDP operates within both Nursing Professional Development Learning and Practice environments. 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: Day Shift 7:30am-4:00pm (Flexibility in rotation to other shifts required based on facility and department needs)\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"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.