Registered Nurse- Perioperative
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.
- 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.
- .At least two (2) years current RN perioperative experience specific to skills and duties as circulator, scrub and PACU nurse required. Professional nursing knowledge and experience includes evaluating the patient's condition perioperatively and makes changes to the plan of care as necessary
- Ability to prioritize workloads, meet goals and deadlines and independently perform direct nursing care to circulate or scrub scheduled surgeries during regular hours with flexibility of work schedule and tours to support emergent after-hours, weekends, and holidays. May include post-operative recovery of patients
- Current License, BLS and ACLS certifications maintained
- Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR) preferred but not required
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree preferred but not required
- Thorough knowledge and ability to utilize the perioperative process to identify patient problems and generate a nursing diagnosis, develop a perioperative plan of care, assist perioperative team with surgical procedures, implement and comply with principles of aseptic and sterile technique, correct site surgery, time out, debrief, appropriately handle specimen, patient safety goals, and infection control to maintain a safe perioperative environment
- Communication skills which indicate the ability to be successful at communicating with patients and significant others, educating, teaching, precepting, counseling, mentoring and collaborating and coordinating care within multidisciplinary teams
- Ability to accurately document perioperative care according to current practice, policies, standards, directives, and guidelines using a computer based electronic medical record system
- Ability to work in an interdisciplinary setting of health care professional supporting training of medical , nursing and ancillary personnel
- Ability to coordinate with and provide direction for para-professionals, ancillary staff, industry representative and vendors, new employees, students, interns and residents delegating duties and tasks as appropriate
- Knowledge and understanding of surgical procedures, techniques, utilizing specialized surgical equipment; utilizing automated systems and programs, proper positioning techniques, symptoms and complications of surgery and anesthesia and consequent nursing interventions
- Knowledge of actions of anesthesia, pharmaceuticals and anesthetic agents used in the perioperative environment
- Knowledge of surgical instruments, supplies and equipment to include the use, handling, storage, and care
- Recognizes, corrects and/or report hazardous equipment and issues related to the perioperative environment
- Dresses within the dress code requirements
- 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.
Physical Requirements: Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform the following: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; straight pulling, (1 hour); pushing, (1 hour); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking, (7 hours; standing, (7 hours); kneeling, (0.5 hours); repeated bending, (7 hours); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing without aid; mental and emotional stability; and working with detergents and antiseptic solutions.
Environmental Factors: Outside and inside, dust, working around machinery with moving parts, working with hands in water, working closely with others, and protracted or irregular hours of work. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated material and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be capable of working effectively in stressful situations and able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Education
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.