Date:  Apr 24, 2024


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Requisition No: 819743 

Agency: Veterans Affairs

Working Title: NURSING PROGRAM SPECIALIST - MDS - 50453505

 Pay Plan: Career Service

Position Number: 50453505 

Salary:  68,640.00 

Posting Closing Date: 05/01/2024 

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Requisition #819743 



Ardie R. Copas State Veterans' Nursing Home

Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County

Annual Salary: $68,640.00

This position is overtime eligible!

Paid Bi-Weekly


Excellent retirement package and optional deferred compensation plan.  Health, vision, dental, ‎disability, and other supplemental insurance are available at reasonable premium rates.  Paid vacation and ‎sick leave. Nine (9) paid holidays and one (1) personal day.  Tuition waiver available for State Universities and ‎Community Colleges (up to 6 credits per semester).‎

All knowledge, skills, abilities, and required experience must be fully documented in your job history/applicant profile in order to be considered.


Education and employment history must be verifiable.  Please attach any credentials you claim (degrees, certifications, etc.) to your application.


The FDVA Nursing State Veterans’ Nursing Homes and Domiciliary are designated employment sites for the Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

  • From funds available, the program may make nursing education loan repayments of up to $4,000.00 per year, per nurse enrolled in the program, for a maximum of four years.
  • Payment is made at the end of each 12-month enrollment period and made directly to the participant’s lender.
  • Enrollment and payment of awards is based on available funds.



  • Must possess current Florida licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse.
  • Must possess a valid CPR card.
  • Must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in nursing or a related field and two (2) years of nursing experience - OR - possess an associate degree and have four (4) years of professional nursing experience – OR - have six (6) years of professional nursing experience.
  • Successful completion of the employment screening process to include, but not limited to, a national background investigation and drug test.‎



  • At least one (1) year of experience working in a long-term care facility with a geriatric population.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Basic experience and familiarity with MDS.
  • Experience conducting RAI-MDS assessments and compiling data reports based on those assessments.
  • MDS Certification.



The incumbent is responsible for scheduling or overseeing scheduling of all resident MDS assessments to assure timeliness. Coordinate and oversee all functions of the MDS assessment process to assure compliance with Federal and State requirements.  Participate in residents' level of care determination upon admission. Participate in tracking changes in residents, level of care to assure timely scheduling of MDS assessments. Be familiar with residents' condition and care needs.

Review all MDS assessments and related forms to certify timely completion by signing the MDS forms on the appropriate sections. Review reports for timely completion of residents MDS assessments and care plans and take follow-up action as necessary.

In cooperation with the Quality Assurance Coordinator, participate in the Quality Assessment and Assurance Program and analyze Quality Indicator reports for potential resident concerns and problems and review residents' care plans to be sure this information is included.

Conduct and/or participate in interdisciplinary team and rehabilitation conference meetings. Maintain confidentiality of resident and facility information.

Complete reports and assignments accurately and adhere to established time schedules. Establish open lines of communication between all departments.

Observe infection control procedures relating to nursing services.

Consistently work cooperatively with administration, Nursing Service Personnel, Physicians, community agencies, residents, families, and consultants. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Nursing Service. Perform all duties assigned in a cooperative, effective, timely, and professional manner. Be responsible for the safety of residents under his/her supervision.

Maintain current certification in Basic Life Support and perform this skill when necessary.

This position is in the Career Service system.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Port Saint Lucie