The Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center is looking for an enthusiastic RN to join their team in the fast paced Emergency Room. The RN is responsible for the provision of direct patient care and the delivery of quality nursing care to a culturally diverse veteran patient population. RN must posses the knowledge and skills to effectively apply all aspects of the nursing process, enabling effective implementation of health promotion, prevention and management of acute and chronic illnesses. Major duties include but are not limited to the following: Provides Triage based on established Emergency Care Standards utilizing the accepted Emergency Severity Index (ESI) system of acuity. Individually provides technically competent care to patients with simple to complex needs. May function in a Charge Nurse role within the Unit. Completes a complex assessment and readily identifies priority needs. Follows approved protocols in caring for patients, this may include decontamination. Develops the initial care plan and updates assessments on a continuum by recognizing changes in patients' needs and reestablishes priorities'. Understands to include the patient/significant other/family/other health care providers in establishing realistic and measurable goals related to patient education and treatment plan. Seeks assistance as required. Assesses the patient's response to interventions, anticipating potential changes in condition. If required, initiates appropriate actions to negative responses and reestablishes priorities of care. Assess the more subtle changes in a patient's condition that may indicate an impending emergency situation and takes action appropriately. Handles multiple tasks in a fast paced environment with frequent interruptions while maintaining clear concise communication with all parties. Uses sound clinical judgment in ensuring the delivery of care to the patient population on assigned area(s). Guides staff in the implementation of the nursing process in caring for patients. Organizes care delivery in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team in a manner that promotes continuity and accountability for patient care. Develops/evaluates programs for optimizing patient care on assigned area(s), Encourages staff participation in program planning. Documentation is technically informative, complete, accurate, consistent, concise and timely. Communicates effectively both orally and in writing with professional administrative and technical staff within the medical center and Non-VA organizations and/or providers as needed Work Schedule: Nights, 12 hour rotating shifts Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.