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This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Registered Nurse working in the Intensive Care Units at the Durham VA Health Care System will care for Veterans during a very complex facility visit. The primary reasons for admission include but are not limited to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Cardiac/Respiratory/ and Renal Failure, Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Congestive Heart Failure, Cardiogenic Shock, Post Invasive Cardiac Procedures, Open Heart Surgery (CABG or Valve Replacements), Craniotomy, Aortic/femoral bypass grafting, Radical Prostatectomy, Thoracotomy, Abdominal, ENT or Orthopedic Surgery. There are currently three separate Intensive Care Units (ICU) with a total of 27 beds. They are the Coronary, Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units. Registered Nurses are assigned to one of the three ICU's but may float to another ICU as needed. All have received Beacon Awards for the Excellent Level of Care given at this Level 1A VA Medical Center. Registered Nurses will provide patient and family centered care in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of clinicians. Specialty Care and services are available through consultation and are utilized as needed to ensure continuity and progression of care. Discharge planning and patient/family education is initiated on admission and continues throughout hospitalization. Therapies include hemodynamic monitoring, cardiac pacing, cardioversion, peritoneal, or hemodialysis, mechanical ventilation, pacemaker implants and defibrillators, intra-aortic balloon pumping, vasoactive, antiarrhythmic, epidural and analgesic sedation and paralytic drug administration. The units are staffed with a nurse patient ratio of 1:1 to 1:3 depending upon patient acuity levels/needs. Physician coverage is provided by staff Physicians and Surgical Resident Physicians from Duke University School of Medicine. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Safe and effective nursing practice in emergencies focused on the age, physiologic, psychological and cognitive status of the patient; Protection and respect of patients' rights and confidentiality. Assessment/data collection and documentation in an ongoing and systematic manner; Participation in development of unit goals, standards, protocols, and flexible scheduling patterns; Self-directed learning and continuing education for own development; Promoting an environment that supports caring and courteous service, safe patient care, and positive working relationships. Work Schedule: 12-hour day/night rotation with alternating weekends; (Tour of duty subject to change based on agency needs) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Chanque.Mason@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 11285287 This is an Open Continuous Announcement (OCA). See details under the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section regarding the referral process. Pay close attention to the "Required Documents" section.
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.