The incumbent must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds. Willing to work cooperatively as a member of a team in all assignments. Makes caring for the veteran his/her priority while in the work setting and demonstrates customer service principles in all aspects of work. Self- motivated in the pursuit of meeting professional work standards. The acute care nurse is a highly skilled individual who functions within the acute care areas of Nursing. The Acute Care Nurse acts as patient advocate, providing continuity of care designed to meet individual patient needs through collaboration with other members of the health care team and supporting the philosophy, objectives and goals of the facility. S/he provides clinical nurse expertise, care, and education to diverse patient populations. The nurse is required to work and support multiple inpatient areas within the medical center as staffing and patient acuity needs acutely arise. Duties include, but not limited to: Performs assessment/data collection in an ongoing and systematic manner, focusing on physiologic, psychologic and cognitive status, analyzing patient care and bringing problems to resolution. Anticipating and implementing preventive patient care measures. Demonstrating knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to adult and geriatric patients in the medicine/telemetry environment. Possessing the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpreting the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their age-specific needs. Performs documentation duties on the floor and in the patient record, which is timely, accurate and concise, Works as part of a team in delivering patient care, Establish priorities of patient care based on essential patient needs and available center resources of time, personnel, equipment and supplies, and functions as a Charge Nurse and/or preceptor as required. Work Schedule: 0730-1600, 0730-2000, 1130-2400, 1530-2400, 1930-0800, 2330-0800 or as agreed upon with the possibility of extended hours and weekends. NOTE: Candidates must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Bargaining Unit Status: This position is part of the bargaining unit.
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.