The registered nurse is directly responsible to the designated Patient Care Coordination Nurse Manager. The registered nurse is responsible and accountable for the provision of direct patient care, and for the delivery of quality nursing care to a culturally diverse Veteran patient population. The registered nurse possesses the knowledge and skills to effectively apply all aspects of the nursing process within a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice setting, which will then enable effective implementation of health promotion and prevention practices, management of acute and chronic illnesses, and attainment of optimal levels of functioning and/or support of the dying patient and significant others. Role responsibilities and accountabilities also include demonstration of knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age-related needs of patients served in the assigned areas of practice. The Registered Nurse will be cross trained to work all areas of Acute Care Service Line to include Inpatient Care Team, Emergency Department, and Intensive Care Unit. This knowledge includes understanding changes associated with aging, and principles of growth, and development, relevant to the adult and geriatric population. The registered nurse is also responsible and accountable for maintaining BLS and ACSL training, and annual training for performing activities that reflect the educational, experiential, and competency requirements outlined in the four dimensions: Practice Professional Development Collaboration Scientific Inquiry In addition, the registered nurse is accountable and responsible for possessing the knowledge and skills to: Function as Team Leader. Make daily assignments. Perform bedside non-OR procedures and documentation. Administer medications according to BCMA policy. Serve as mentor and/or preceptor and resource person to new and less experienced staff. Lead unit quality improvement data collection, monitoring, analyzing, reporting, and development of action plans to correct deficiencies. Identify areas of practice on the unit for improvement and develop unit monitors to include action plans to improve practice. Chair or co-chair hospital committees and work groups, as assigned. Communicate and interact appropriately and courteously, with all internal and external customers. Maintain confidentiality of electronic, written,. and/or verbal patient/employee information. Demonstrate working practices that include adherence to infection control standards, and the use and operation of equipment. Functions as Charge Nurse when assigned to include: Completion of daily rounds with the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT). Facilitate bi-weekly IDT meetings. Complete nursing plans of care for all admissions to the Inpatient Unit. Completion of nursing assignments for all tours of duty ensuring all assignments are completed. Includes collection and interpretation of data to include action plans. Work Schedule: Rotating Schedule to accommodate the need of the medical center Financial 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.