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The incumbent practices as an RN within Patient Care Services for the Intensive Care Unit for Montana VA Health Care System at Fort Harrison, MT. The incumbent supports the mission and vision of the Health Care System. This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available. Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed. The ICU staff nurse provides direct patient care functioning as a primary care nurse for a 1-3 patient assignment. The ICU staff nurse collaborates with nursing staff, physicians, and other interdisciplinary team members responsible for patient care as assigned. The nurse provides care and counseling of persons or in the 2 promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness and injury based upon the nursing process which includes systematic data gathering, assessment, appropriate nursing judgment, and evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as case finding, health teaching, health counseling; provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being; and executing medical regimens including administering medications and treatments. The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community (ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses). This area serves critically ill adult and elderly Veterans. Patients often present with multiple chronic medical conditions, which may include psychiatric components. Patients may need advanced life support including mechanical ventilation. The ICU serves as a Surgical Post Anesthesia Recovery Room and Post-Operative Care area for critically ill patients. Recovery is also provided for surgical patients including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, and urology. Additional duties include maintaining competencies and training required for ICU. The nurse will cross-train to other inpatient units to provide relief coverage after orientation has been completed for unit. This nurse will be self-directed in completing orientation and on-going mandatory education, actively participating in annual competency assessment and validation. Work Schedule: 12 Hour Rotating Night Shift, 7:30 PM - 8:00 AM Compressed/Flexible: No Telework: No Virtual: This is not a virtual position. 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.