Registered Nurse - Staff Interventional Radiology
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Staff Nurse in lnterventional Radiology/Cardiac Catherization Lab is a registered nurse who is accountable for the pre-procedure, intra-procedure, and post-procedure clinical nursing care of patients who are receiving invasive interventional procedures in the lnterventional Radiology or Cardiac Catherization ab. He/She is competent to provide pre-procedure assessm ent Intra-procedure care including administration of moderate sedation, cardiovascular / respiratory monitoring, emergency patient care intervention, and patient recovery for post - moderate sedation.
The staff nurse is accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care. He/She administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. The staff nurse considers all characteristics of the individual, including sex and sex role identification ,age and life stage, state of health, race, culture, socio-economic status, values and previous experience with similar events,in order to assist each patient to
identify and meet basic health needs and improve his/her health status to the individual's maximum potential.
DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- The staff nurse in lnterventional Radiology/Cardiac Catherization Lab is a registered nurse who consistently demonstrates sound clinical judgment and the ability to effectively provide and/or direct the care provided by team members for patients on an assigned tour of duty and modifies and updates the plans of care/treatment plans for patients on an assigned tour of duty.
- Appropriately and consistently revises and modifies the plan of care or treatment plan for patients with complex nursing care needs, based on nursing assessment.
- Identifies significant patient care problems and sets priorities for their management. In the role of charge nurse, provides and directs nursing care for clients with complex nursing needs; i.e. multi-system health care issues, complex psychosocial issues, etc.
- Demonstrates understanding of patient rights, policies relating to patient rights (i.e. Advanced Directives, DNR, patient confidentiality) and understanding of ethics for the Federal employee.
- Completes assignment in a timely and effective manner and follows safety protocols designed to reduce/eliminate employee risk of injury.
- Demonstrates consideration and/or utilization of restraint alternative and/ or utilizes the least restrictive dorm of restraint possible. He/she supports and enhances client self-determination.
- Demonstrates creativity in meeting patient needs and demonstrates initiative in discharge planning and reducing patient length of stay.
- Identifies risk areas and analyzes resources available in the use of patient care equipment and body mechanics, while evaluating options available and selecting a course of action resulting in favorable patient/ organizational outcomes.
- Normally and informally coaches and/or mentors staff by identifying learning needs and sharing information related to new or unfamiliar technology, procedures, medications, trends, and practices, etc and participates in clinical orientation of new personnel.
- Communicate effectively with co-workers and participate in staff meetings and unit in-services.
- Demonstrate understanding of patient safety requirements by correctly using environmental safety equipment and documenting adverse incidents on progress notes, report of contact and/or incident report as appropriate.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8 hour shifts. Off tour & weekend on call required
Functional Statement Title: Registered Nurse Interventional Radiology
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
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 in nursing or related field 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.
Education/Experience Requirements:NOTE: Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.
- BSN is preferred
- PreviousIR, Cardiac Cath. and/or Critical Careexperience is strongly preferred
- Previous Nursing experience is preferred
- BLS and ACLS is strongly preferred
- Energetic and pasionate working with staff and Veterans
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Physical Requirements: The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. The VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. This 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. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials 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 a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document
*TranscriptVA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required) Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2006786.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.