Staff Nurse PICC Team

Location
Houston, TX
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Feb 01, 2018
Closes
Mar 01, 2018
Specialty
Other
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Staff Nurse of the Peripheral Inserted Central Catheter/ Vascular Access Team in the Interventional Radiology Service. The Staff Nurse provides direct patient care effectively and efficiently to a patient team which may include patients with varied and complex needs. The Staff Nurse assumes leadership roles with progressive responsibility including but not limited to participating in or leading unit and shared governance initiatives, serving as charge nurse or preceptor to students or new employees, and possibly contributing to service line or hospital wide initiatives.

We are looking for a perfect candidate to join our team who has Integrity, Independent Thinker, and Results Oriented.

Duties:

The Staff Nurse is a Registered Nurse who inserts and monitors PICC, Midlines and ultrasound guided IV's. Acts as a resource to staff regarding vascular access line therapy and IV assessment, products and procedures. Assists with difficult IV access when needed. This position may also perform chart audits, monitoring, maintenance and follow-up with staff and physicians to ensure core measure compliance.

1. Inserts PICC lines via ultrasound guidance and determines placement via ECG or x-ray follow-up with the radiologist and documents the procedure.

2. Assist staff by monitoring PICC lines, declotting, and discontinuing catheters with or without blood cultures. Perform weekly dressing changes and may assist staff with performing dressing changes.

3. Assists with difficult peripheral IV insertions.

4. Plans, evaluates and implements interventions for solving IV related patient care problems, maintenance and education.

5. Provide IV therapy and PICC instruction to staff, patients, families, students and physicians.

6. Participates in quality monitoring related to PICC lines insertions and ultrasound guided IV.

7. Performs other nursing duties including but not limited to assessment, sedation, IR procedures, recovery, patient education, patient follow up and other duties as necessary.

8. May provide staff education to include departmental education activities related to PICC and Midlines. Also, may advise on immediate issues within their job scope.

9. Maintains current knowledge of core measures and assist in performing chart audits, monitoring and follow-up with staff to ensure compliance when not performing IV therapy.

10. Keeps current on new advances in IV therapy. May assist with new product evaluation.

11. Demonstrates Customer Service standards (smiles and makes eye contact; greets each patient and visitor; seeks out patient and visitor contact; displays appropriate body language at all times; takes 5 minutes each day to go above and beyond for one patient or visitor; honors diversity

12. Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports all accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards. Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace.Performs other duties as assigned.Personal interviews will be conducted with the strongest candidates.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 10 hour tours 7:30am-7:00pm staggered shift, Saturday 7:30am-4:00pm with rotating weekends.

Basic 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:
  • Minimum of 3 years of RN clinical experience in an acute care setting with strong IV skills.
  • Must have one year of recent/ current experience in placing PICC lines or other vascular access devices in an acute care setting.
  • PICC insertion experience with Midline experience preferred.
  • Specialty Certification (VA-BC)
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: This position requires visual acuity (including depth perception), keen hearing (aide permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity in both hands. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (2-4 hours), standing (2-6 hours), stooping, sitting, bending, pulling (1-2 hours), and pushing (1-2 hours). lifting (>50 pounds), carrying (>50 pounds). Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Must be able to work closely with others, as well as protracted or irregular hours of work. Must be compliance with the use of ergonomic exercises and employee safety requirements.

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:

  • VA Form 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), SF-50's, etc.
  • DD-214
  • VA Form 10-2850a
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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