Staff Nurse Interventional Radiology

Location
Houston, TX
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Feb 02, 2018
Closes
Mar 02, 2018
Specialty
Radiology
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

This Registered Nurse will be an Interventional Radiology Nurse for the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Care Line. The RN provides direct patient care effectively and efficiently to a patient team which may include patients with varied and complex needs. The RN 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.

CLINICAL JUDGEMENT/CRITICAL THINKING:

o Demonstrates critical thinking, creativity and versatility in handling complex situations and problem solving. Reflects leadership skills and attributes, reviewing traditional practices, supporting fellow staff members to search for evidence based practices and bring findings to the attention of the unit.

o Teaches others to critically think by verbally expressing rationale for decisions and following up by coaching and critiquing colleagues` thought processes in complex situations.

o Follows the nursing process, modifies care based on continuous evaluation of the patient`s condition, demonstrates clinical problem-solving and critical thinking, and makes decisions using evidence-based analytical approach.

o Plans for routine events and anticipates/prevents and manages/elevates emergent situations.

o Contributes to meeting departmental targets for quality and safety measures on unit-based scorecard.

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE/RESEARCH:

o Identifies areas for improvement based on understanding of evidence-based practice literature. Initiates evidence-based practice/performance improvement projects based on these observations.

o Identifies opportunity for practice changes. Researches the change and presents options to shared governance and leadership.

o Assures that designated core measures are met in providing care

TEAMWORK:

o Provides clinical support and acts as a resource to nursing staff and unlicensed personnel in order to provide optimal patient care.

o Manages usual patient assignment and other unit demands, completes patient care responsibilities in timely manner with accurate documentation, organizes multiple priorities and anticipates/plans for potential problems.

o Uses downtime efficiently, aware of team members` workload, consistently offers assistance, and responds positively to requests for assistance from other team members.

o Supportive of change initiatives and adapts to unexpected changes.

  • Manages usual patient assignment and other unit demands, completes patient care responsibilities in timely manner with accurate documentation, organizes multiple priorities and anticipates/plans for potential problems.
  • Supports patients and families in preventing/resolving clinical or ethical issues. Identifies areas for improvement based on understanding of evidence-based practice literature. Initiates evidence-based practice/performance improvement projects based on these observations.
  • Contributes to meeting departmental target for patient satisfaction on unit-based scorecard.
  • Uses therapeutic communication to establish a relationship with patients and families and communicates the plan of care.
  • Uses downtime efficiently, aware of team members' workload, consistently helps, and responds positively to requests for assistance from other team members. Supports patients and families in preventing/resolving clinical or ethical issues.
  • Contributes to meeting departmental target for patient satisfaction on unit-based scorecard.
  • Uses therapeutic communication to establish a relationship with patients and families and communicates the plan of care.
  • Computer literacy to support patient care activities. Able to float within the DTCL Nursing Section where there is need of staffing.
  • Must be able to perform skills and competencies as defined in orientation checklist and annual departmental competency checklist if applicable
  • Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor hazards.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Personal interviews will be conducted with the strongest candidates.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, Staggered 10 hour tours starting from 6:00a.m. -7:00p.m. with rotating weekend/weeknight call and holidays.
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 1-2 years of strong nursing experience in Critical Care and Interventional Radiology.

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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