The Staff Nurse is assigned to Nursing Service (Perioperative Services) of the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center (RMRVAMC). The incumbent provides pre-procedure and post procedure care in all areas within Perioperative Services to include Pre-Admission Testing Clinic, Pre-Operative Holding, Phase I Recover (Post Anesthesia Care Unit), and Surgery Check-in/Phase II recovery. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. Preferred Experience: 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience. Physical Requirements: The position requires visual acuity, keen hearing , clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical impatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be mature flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities, based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements as a condition of employment. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. ["Major duties and responsibilities include, but not limited to: Performs pre-procedure assessments, patient education, day of surgery admissions for both inpatient and outpatient procedures. Provides post-procedure care for outpatients to include surgical, cardiac catheterization, bronchoscopy, and interventional radiology procedures. Performs unit specific interventions and procedures to include cardiac monitoring and EKG interpretation, management of intraveous lines, management of pain, pre-operative skin preparation, operation of bladder scanner, continuous bladder irrigation, care of cardiac catheter sheaths, etc. Applies the nursing process and demonstrates leadership in improving care. Supports and enhances client self determination. Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance. Educates colleagues and/or students and may serve as preceptor or mentor. Uses the group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems. Initiates or participates in quality improvement activities. Work Schedule: Work Schedule: Full Time (1.0 FTEE ). Rotating shifts, 8 and 10 hour shifts between the operational hours of 0530 to 2000hrs Monday through Friday. This schedule may change based on the organization's mission to provide health care services to meet the needs of Veterans. Compressed/Flexible: Not Approved\nTelework: Not Approved\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position. Not Available\nFunctional Statement #: Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 000000/ N1L1,N1L2,N1L3, N2, N3\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Approved\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nPCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized\nFinancial Discloser Report: Not required Strongly encourage all applicants to submit the VA Form 10-2850a\nVA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 11 paid Federal holidays per year\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory"]
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