This position is located in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Northport VA Medical Center. The registered nurse (RN) in the Intensive Care Unit functions as an integral member of the Interdisciplinary Team to provide healthcare which maximizes the quality of life for Veterans and their family members with critical medical and surgical needs requiring intensive nursing care. This is a full time, Night position: Hours will be 7:30pm-8am (6 shifts) and 11:30pm-8am (1 shift) every 2 weeks. The Intensive Care Staff RN must be proficient in the care of adult patients with critical nursing care requirements including telemetry monitoring and keeping them hemodynamically stable. This includes but is not limited to continuous cardiac monitoring, assisting in the insertion of invasive lines such as arterial lines, Swan-Ganz catheters and maintenance, hemodynamic monitoring, multiple vasoactive drips, mechanical ventilation, EKG/rhythm strip interpretation, moderate sedation, post-surgical recovery and stabilization; responds to the Rapid Response System and Cardiopulmonary arrests in the medical center. The Intensive Care Staff RN may also be assigned and required to cover the Emergency Department, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Telemetry or other units, as area needs require. Other duties/responsibilities include, but are not limited to: The RN role includes initial and ongoing, physical and psychosocial assessment/reassessment to determine the patient's nursing care needs via the synthesis of data from various assessments, problem identification, care planning, monitoring and evaluation of the patient. The RN is actively involved in the following patient concepts of care: support systems; strengths/areas for growth, advocacy, discharge planning, and collaboration with other healthcare providers to optimize wellness and comfort. The RN will also give immediate attention and response to critical events and assess, plan, implement, and evaluate the patient's experience with pain. The RN is expected to facilitate work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment working as a patient advocate and build strong teams within multiple levels of interdisciplinary staff to deliver and improve holistic care. The RN practices within a challenging RN scope which includes restorative, curative, rehabilitative, maintainable or palliative care based on the individual patient. The Intensive Care Staff RN is expected to work independently within their scope of practice, according to policies, training and accepted VA practice. The Intensive Care Staff RN apprises the supervisor of controversial or very unusual clinical and administrative situations, and presents recommendations for solving them. Nursing practice is reviewed through annual competencies and proficiency. The Intensive Care Staff RN is also responsible and accountable for maintaining training required and may be assigned additional duties as area needs require. The ICU Staff RN is expected to communicate timely and effectively with all members of the patient care team, as well as relate courteously and appropriately to all internal and external customers. Work Schedule: Full time; Night position 7:30pm-8am (6 shifts) and 11:30pm-8am (1 shift) every 2 weeks. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599923900
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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.