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This Registered Nurse position is located in Nursing Service-Operating Room at the West Haven location. This position is a full time at 40 hours per week. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/26/2022. 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. 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. OR 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. 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. English Language Proficiency. 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). Preferred Experience: BSN preferred; Minimum 3 years Operating Room experience; CNOR preferred Ability to work in a team environment with multi-disciplinary services; Ability to circulate multiple surgical services; Basic computer skills; Strong organizational skills; Good written/verbal communication skills; Enthusiasm for continuing change, performance improvement and excellent customer service; Understands the principles of High Reliability Organizations, Systems Redesign and positive patient relations and participates in projects; Actively participates in committees and/or performance improvement activities. 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 and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. 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 Requirements: Registered Nurses should be physically and mentally capable to perform duties of the position. Position requires standing, walking and sitting for periods up to 8 hours per day. ["Nursing Service is recruiting for a Registered Nursing position in the Operating Room. The incumbent practices as a registered nurses in the Operating Room, Nursing Section of Surgical Service within VA Connecticut Healthcare Systems. The incumbent must demonstrate and maintain competencies required for all process, procedures and equipment used in the Operating Room. The operating rooms specialize in caring for adult and geriatric veterans during the perioperative experience. The operating rooms provide the following services: General surgery, Gyne surgery, ear, nose and throat, ophthalmic, peripheral vascular, thoracic, urologic, plastic, podiatric, endoscopic and laparoscopic, Cardiac Open Heart, Neurosurgery, Ophthamalogy, Major Orthopedic, i.e. Total Joints. The nurse has the technical and operational knowledge and clinical skills to function as a circulating and scrub nurse in all the services. The nurse must demonstrate a variety of specialized diagnostic and treatment procedures. The nurse is accountable for promoting patient safety, continuity/quality of care and general well-being of the patient. Duties include but are not limited to: The perioperative registered nurse is accountable for patient outcomes resulting from the 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. The operating room nurse must demonstrate expertise, in both the circulating and scrub nurse roles, in a minimum of one surgical specialty and demonstrate minimal competency in all other surgical specialties aforementioned performed. The operating room nurse maintains order and cleanliness in operating room. The operating room nurse must demonstrate competency in pre-op assessment of the surgical patient This includes actively acting as the patients advocate in regard to assessing the patients understanding of the surgical consent and procedure they are about to undergo. Assessing that the patient has followed pre-operative instructions, i.e. NPO status, halting of anti-coagulation medication, etc. The operating room nurse must ensure all instruments; supplies and equipment are present and functional before the surgical procedure. They have to ensure sterility of all the surgical instruments before the surgery. The operating room nurse ensures counting of surgical instruments and specialty equipment occurs prior to and at the end of the procedure to ensure all instruments are accounted for prior to patients leaving the surgical suite. The operating room nurse performs a proper surgical time out prior to incision for all surgical procedures. When pertinent the operating room nurse performs a fire safety time out prior to the start of a procedure. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:00 am-3:30 pm, 7:00 am-5:30 pm, 9:00 am-7:30 pm plus on call hours\nCompressed/Flexible Work Schedule: Not Authorized\nTelework/Virtual/Remote Work: Not Authorized\nRelocation or Travel Incentives: Not Authorized\nRecruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not Required Notifications: This position is a Bargaining Unit position. This position is covered by a special rate. Selectee may be required to work at any VA Connecticut Healthcare System campus, as needed. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. This position is in the Excepted Service. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments based on the candidate's education and experience. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy."]
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