RN - Inpatient Acute Surgical Unit (3 West)
The 3 West RN is a professional who manages the care of the acutely ill postoperative surgical, neurology, and medicine patient through collaboration with nursing staff, physicians and other health care providers. The nurse coordinates and facilitates care to restore stability, minimizing complications, and achieve optimal patient outcomes within a dynamic, acute care environment. In order to accomplish this, the professional nurse uses the Nursing Process in the facilitation and coordination of care for patients with an interdisciplinary team of caregivers.
The 3 West RN is a registered professional nurse who is accountable for the provision of patient care on 3 West and is directly responsible to the Nurse Manager. He/she must demonstrate the ability to work effectively as a team member and must be able to communicate, listen, report and gather crucial data in a manner that enhances patient outcomes.
The Inpatient Acute Surgical Unit supports professional growth through education activities, attendance and participation on unit or hospital committees, Quality Improvement projects, or membership in professional organizations. Duties inculde but not limited to:
- Completes admission assessment on assigned patients within 24 hours of admission
- Conducts ongoing and/or urgent reassessments to determine rapidly changing conditions of patients
- Verifies physicians' orders using CPRS
- Administers medications and documents in BCMA
- Provides individualized patient care consistent with identified knowledge of patient's strengths and limitations
- Is proactive in identifying potential crisis situations and responds appropriately in emergency/code situations
- Initiates referrals and/or consultations as appropriate to achieve the multidisciplinary plan of care
- Functions independently in performing more complex treatments, procedures and advanced technology specific to the scope of care on 3 West (all surgical specialties and neurology)
- Monitors LVAD and cardiac monitored patients. Works with Telemetry Tech to detect arrhythmias and implements appropriate interventions defined by unit policy
- Performs blood draws and venipuncture for administration of IV fluids Administers IV fluids, IV push medications, TPN and blood products according to policy
- Sets up and monitors PCA pumps
- Performs complex wound and ostomy care
- Promotes and provides health care teaching to patient and significant others
Financial Disclosure Report: Not RequiredBasic Requirements:
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.
- Cover Letter
- Other Veterans Document