The Nurse Simulation Specialist will be responsible for the coordination and management of simulation training within the medical center. Collaborates in the design, development, implementation, instruction and evaluation of individual curricula and programmatic evaluation for clinician and student educational initiatives through use of technology based training and assessment. Conceptualizes and develops new courses and initiatives for educating clinicians and other health professionals. 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: 3-5 years of clinical experience in ICU/ER/Medical Unit (Cardiac). Must have BSN but MSN Preferred. Teaching 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. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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. The incumbent is expected to use proper preventive ergonomic technics to perform duties. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. 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. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Nurse Simulation Specialist Duties Include: 1. Demonstrates sound clinical judgment and leadership in improving patient care through the use of the nursing process for patients requiring specialized or complex care. 2. Takes a leadership role in utilizing problem-solving methodologies to resolve system or process problems that impact on patient care or staff performance at the unit/team level. 3. Teaches interventions, which maximize health capabilities (i.e., safely administers medications, utilizes techniques for management of patient behavior, provides appropriate activities to enhance psycho-social and physical functioning of patient). 4. Demonstrates knowledge and skill in performing nursing procedures applicable to practice area. Identifies the need for new or revised policies, procedures, standards, or guidelines. 5. Takes a leadership role in initiating effective action in emergencies. Directs others as indicated to maintain a safe and therapeutic environment. Examples may include: life threatening emergencies, disturbed behavior management, internal or external disaster. 6. Promotes the least restrictive environment that maximizes patient's functional status. 7. Follows established safety and infection control standards, policies and procedures. 8. Actively participates in ad hoc, education and/or hospital wide committees. 9. Complies with and ensures the staff adheres to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for reprocessing/cleaning Reusable Medical Equipment (RME). RME is classified as Critical Equipment - Class 1, Semi- Critical Equipment - Class 2, and Non-Critical - Class 3. RME cleaning will be done in accordance to the schedule on the unit. 10. Role-specific Competency Checklist is complete and is rated competent in all measured areas. 11. Develops and manages policies and procedures for Simulation Learning Center 12. Coordinates scheduling and use of the simulation learning center to best meet the facility's need to provide safe patient care 13. Facilitates opportunities to evaluate new practices and or equipment in safe environment 14. Correlates simulation learning needs with performance measures and facility strategic plans. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid 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) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: 7:30am - 4:00pm. Hours May Vary Based on Staff Needs. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
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