The SCI Nurse promotes the VA Mission, Core Values, Strategic Goals and Objectives. Additionally, the SCI Nurse upholds the Mission of the Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders program in VA: To support and maintain the health, independence, quality of life, and productivity of Veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders throughout their lives. The Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D) Nurse practices as a Registered Nurse in the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Service. This is a SCI/D center that specializes in: 1) efficient delivery of rehabilitation; 2) sustaining medical and surgical care; 3) patient and family education; 4) psychological, social, and vocational care; 5) research; 6) education; and 7) professional training in the continuum of care for persons with SCI/D. Patient populations served include: a full range of care for all enrolled Veterans who have sustained a spinal cord injury or have a stable neurologic impairment of the spinal cord. Typical patient populations served include: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS); Multiple Sclerosis (MS); as outlined by SCI/D VHA Handbooks and Directives. These patient populations are likely to present with complex conditions that may require acute stabilization; acute and sub-acute rehabilitation; acute and sub-acute medical and surgical care; preventative care; respite care; hospice care, as appropriate. The SCI Nurse is accountable when assigned as a primary nurse for a defined group of patients for the entire episode of care or shift. Based on education and experience, may be assigned responsibilities as preceptor, charge nurse, or unit shift leader. The SCI Nurse provides age-specific care for adult (18-64), older adult (65-74) and geriatric (over 75) patients who have sustained damage to the spinal cord throughout the continuum of their lifetime, which incorporates stabilization after injury, rehabilitation, unrelated medical/surgical conditions, health maintenance and long term follow-up of the injured individual, as well as psychosocial support including the family of significant others. The SCI Nurse promotes achievable independence and adjustments conducive to health, assisting the patients and their families to look beyond the disability. Their supportive interventions reduce the stigmas of disability and help individuals reestablish and maintain control over all aspects of their lives. The SCI Nurse collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to promote efficient, effective, individualized care to assist the patient in achieving optimal function and health. Members of the interdisciplinary team vary depending on the needs of the patients. The SCI Nurse promotes the VA Mission, Core Values, Strategic Goals and Objectives. Additionally, the SCI Nurse upholds the Mission of the Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders program in VA: To support and maintain the health, independence, quality of life, and productivity of Veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders throughout their lives. This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital. Some positions require rotation of tours or indefinite work on non-administrative tours as established by the immediate supervisor. Not all duties may be listed, so other duties may be assigned. Self-motivated in the pursuit of meeting professional work standards. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 1900 to 0730 or as agreed upon with the possibility of extended hours, holidays, and weekends. NOTE: Candidates must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599652100
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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.