Registered Nurse - Medical/Surgical (Open Continuous Announcement)

Location
Albany, NY
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Feb 12, 2018
Closes
Mar 12, 2018
Specialty
Med / Surg
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Staff Nurse is a registered nurse (RN) responsible for the continuous delivery of patient care on a medical/surgical unit. The RN is primarily accountable for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating direct and indirect nursing care, and identifying outcomes for patients. This position requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital. The Staff Nurse must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds.

The Staff Nurse will be responsible for:

  • Completing and documenting nursing assessments, seeking assisstance to identify priority needs.
  • Recognizing overt abnormal signs and symptoms and/or changes in the patients' condition and responding appropriately.
  • Demonstrating the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patients' served and interpreting information to identify each patient's individual needs.
  • Developing the initial nursing plan of care and updating plan with assistance as needed.
  • Addressing patient safety needs when communicating patient care needs to other nursing staff and disciplines.
  • Safely and effectively using equipment required for patient care, including:
  • Procedures for cleaning, transporting and storing reusable medical equipment (RME)
  • Appropriately using safe patient handling equipment.
  • Adhering to infection control practices while using equipment and providing patient care (proper hand washing techniques, use of PPE).
  • Recognizing actual or potential changes in condition and response to treatment, initiating appropriate action and revising the plan of care accordingly.
  • Initiating and documenting basic health teaching and discharge planning based on patient's/family's identified needs.
  • Documenting care given in the medical records in a consistent, accurate, concise and timely manner per hospital protocol.
  • Revising plan of care according to evaluations.
Work Schedule: Various tours/shifts

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.
    • For Applicants enrolled in MSN Bridge or Non-traditional courses of study: 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.
Preferred Experience:
  • One year working as an RN on an acute med/surg unit within the past three months preferred
  • Telemetry experience preferred
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider required
  • American Heart Association Advance Cardiac Life Support preferred
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: Heavy Lifting (35 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (35 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Kneeling (up to 2 hours); Repeated bending (up to 4 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable to 20/20 in one eye and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotionally/mentally stable

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • 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
  • VA 2850a
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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