Registered Nurse (RN) 7 West Progressive Care Unit

Location
Hines, IL
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jan 30, 2018
Closes
Feb 28, 2018
Specialty
ICU / CCU
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Nurses who work in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU)/ Step Down Unit must maintain ACLS certification. They follow ACLS and AACN protocols when treating arrhythmias and appropriately intervene when there are significant changes in patient's condition. The registered nurse is responsible for the delivery of nursing care to the veteran population with medical and surgical diagnosis. This patient population requires continuous EKG monitoring and or frequent monitoring of vital signs or neurological signs (every 2 hours). The types of patients include the following:

  • The post-operative patients with co-existing medical conditions that require monitoring and who have the potential to develop arrhythmias that would necessitate treatment.
  • The stable post-operative patients that have EKG changes requiring non-titrating antiarrhythmic medications and closer observation.
  • The patients discharged from the post anesthesia recovery who require continuous cardiac monitoring.
  • The patients requiring respiratory support with the use of BIPAP or CPAP.
  • The patients requiring weaning from the ventilator with a secure airway.
  • The neurological patients who has suffered a CVA or TIA.
  • They provide emotional support for families and patients.
Work Schedule: 7:30 PM - 8:00 AM
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. 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.
Preferred Experience:
  • BSN
  • 2-3 years of full time experience as a licensed registered nurse
  • Current BLS certification (American Heart Association)
  • Current ACLS
  • CCRN/PCCN Certification
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.
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.Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting.

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:

  • 10-2850A
  • Resume
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

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
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • 10-2850A
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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