The staff nurse is a registered nurse responsible for continuous delivery of patient care. This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital. Makes caring for the Veteran his/her priority while in the work setting and demonstrates customer service principles in all aspects of work. Self-motivated in the pursuit of meeting professional work standards Demonstrates proficiency in practice based on conscious and deliberate planning. 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. RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). 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. For Applicants enrolled in MSN Bridge or Non-traditional courses of study: 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) 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. 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. 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 Standards: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. A pre-employment physical may be required. 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 may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to wear 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. ["The duties of the Float Pool RN include, but are not limited to: Assess patient's bio psychosocial needs Completes and documents nursing assessments seeking assistance to identify priority needs Reassesses on a continuum, recognizing changes in patient's needs Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patients served and interprets information to identify each patient's individual needs Formulates a plan of care based on nursing assessments Develops the initial nursing plan of care and updates plan with assistance as needed Displays beginning ability to include patient's family in establishing goals and the plan of care Addresses patient safety needs, following National Patient Safety Goals when communicating patient care needs to other nursing staff and disciplines Assesses patient's learning needs, learning preference and readiness to learn Provides nursing care to meet patient needs Follows hospital policies and procedures, knows where to find policies Implements nursing interventions/orders and physician's orders in a timely and complete manner requesting assistance when needed initiates and documents basic health teaching and discharge planning based on patient's/family's identified needs Orients patient to the unit and surroundings i.e. call light system, restrooms, etc. Safely and effectively uses equipment required for patient care, including: Adheres to infection control practices while using equipment and providing patient care Proper hand washing techniques, use of PPE, etc. Appropriate use of safe patient handling equipment Procedures for cleaning, transporting and storing reusable medical equipment Evaluates Patient status and response to care Recognizes overt abnormal signs and symptoms or changes in patient's needs. Reports changes to the appropriate party and provider and documents effectively Evaluates and documents patient's response to interventions and progress toward attainment of goals/expected outcomes Revises plan of care according to evaluation, seeking assistance as necessary. Documents the nursing process Documents care given in the medical records in a consistent, accurate, concise and timely manner Evaluates and documents patient response to interventions and progress towards attainment of goals/expected outcomes Revises plan of care according to evaluations Manages nursing care of patients; organizes and completes own assignments in a safe and timely manner Identifies ethical and legal issues in practice and takes appropriate action Demonstrates knowledge of Patient's Rights and Responsibilities and issues of patient self-determination Promptly reports any actual or suspected patient abuse Serves as an advocate for patient and treats patients with respect. Demonstrates safe work practices appropriate for the position Provides care in a safe and cost effective manner Identifies National Patient Safety Goals for the current year Uses proper body mechanics to prevent injury to patient and self Identifies potential safety hazards Work Schedule: Various Shifts- Will be discussed during interview 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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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.