Nurse Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
The Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) nurse cares for all Veteran patients with Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder or Neurological impairment seeking acute care, annual evaluations, or respite. SCI/D patients have slight to extreme mobility deficits which are often complicated by muscle spasticity and care requires knowledge of safe patient handling, rehabilitation, and ventilator care. The SCI RN performs assessment, provides treatment and emergent care and utilizes Rapid Response when necessary. SCI/D patients are susceptible to episodes of Autonomic Dysreflexia (an emergent condition specific to SCI/D patients) which must be addressed expeditiously and skillfully by the SCI nurse. Patients are admitted to the acute care SCI wards from SCI-Residential Care Facility, SCI-Clinic, the ER or other Hines units, or from outside the facility. The top reasons SCI patients are admitted to the acute care wards or seen in the SCI-Clinic are: wound care, acute rehabilitation, urinary tract infection, bowel and bladder training/management, pneumonia/respiratory, ostomy placement, annual evaluation, surgical procedures, chronic disease management, treatment of other acute illness, pain management, and respite and lodging for non-acute patient stays.
All RNs are required to be competent in the standards of practice for the care of all Spinal Cord Injury or neurologically impaired patients. The SCI RN is required to quickly identify emergent conditions, act on the patient's needs immediately, and collaborate with the care team. Based on the RN's patient assessment, the RN must be able to initiate care independently based on department standard operating procedures. The SCI/D 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. Nurses working at the SCI Centers will provide education and support to the spoke sites in accordance with VHA handbook 1176. Finally, the RN is expected to work collaboratively as a patient centered advocate and build strong alliances within multiple levels of interdisciplinary staff. This may include family meetings and multidisciplinary telehealth.
Work Schedule: Full Time 11:30pm - 8:00am
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
- 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.
- SCI/D and/or Rehab experience
- BLS Certification
- ACLS Certification
- 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