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The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System is recruiting for Registered Nurses to work in the Operating Room at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL. North Florida/South Georgia VAHS is a level 1a complex facility performing surgical procedures in the following specialties: Cardiac, ENT, General, Ophthalmology, GYN, Plastic, Orthopedic, Urology, Robotic, Thoracic, Vascular & Endovascular. A recruitment incentive may be considered for highly qualified candidates. The Operating Room Registered Nurse practices as a registered nurse and must demonstrate and maintain competencies required for all processes, procedures, and equipment used in the Operating Room Suite. The RN must have the technical and operational expertise and clinical skills to function as a circulating nurse in all the above services. They must demonstrate a variety of specialized diagnostic and treatment procedures and will be accountable for promoting patient safety, continuity of care and the general well-being of the patient. The Operating Room Registered Nurse collaborates with physicians and ancillary services to provide the highest level of care; analyzes and upgrades patient care through quality improvement activities. The Operating Room Registered Nurse must strive to maintain all clinical competencies through continuous study, in-services, and participation in continuing education units. Based on level of education and experience, the incumbent may be assigned preceptor/mentor responsibilities. The clinical responsibilities for registered nurses in the Operating Room Suite include but are not limited to the following: The Perioperative nurse is accountable for patient outcomes resulting from nursing care provided during the perioperative experience. A perioperative registered nurse functioning in the circulating role must plan and direct the nursing care of every patient undergoing surgical and/or other invasive procedures, thus requiring a 1:1 perioperative nurse: patient ratio. The Circulating nurse is responsible for completing all Operative Documentation, i.e. Vista intraoperative record, Surgical Time Out and safety checks. They ensure proper documentation and accountability of surgical specimens. The Operating Room nurse must demonstrate expertise, in the circulating nurse capacity, in a minimum of one surgical specialty, and demonstrate minimal competency in all other surgical specialties performed at the NF/SG VA Medical Center by the following: Demonstrates competency in pre-op assessment of the surgical patient, which includes actively acting as the patient's advocate when it comes to assessing the patient's understanding of surgical consent and procedures they are about to undergo Assesses the patient has followed all pre-operative instructions, such as NPO status, halting of anticoagulation medication, etc. Ensures all instruments, supplies, and equipment are present and functional before the surgical procedure; ensuring sterility of all surgical instruments Ensures count of surgical instruments and specialty equipment occurs prior to and following the procedure to ensure all instruments are accounted for prior to the patient leaving the Operating Room Suite Performs proper surgical Time Out prior to incision for all procedures; and when pertinent, performs fire safety time out prior to start of procedure Maintains cleanliness and order in the Operating Room Suite; protecting the sterile field by monitoring for breaches in sterile technique; limiting traffic in the Operating Room Suite and around the surgical field Assists the Surgeons during procedures and coordinates with Surgical Technicians; ensuring post-operative pre-cleaning of instruments and safe transport to Sterile Processing. Work Schedule: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm; on-call coverage (nights and weekends) required (30 minute arrival response required) Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: A recruitment/relocation incentive may be considered for highly qualified candidates 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.