OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans. The Emergency Department (ED) RN is an RN who utilizes the nursing process to assess patients who present to the ED for care. The ED RN responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Performing triage assessments on the patients and classifying them using the Emergency Severity Index (ESI), a five-level ED triage algorithm that provides clinically relevant stratification of patients into five groups from 1 (most urgent) to 5 (least urgent) on the basis of acuity and resource needs. The ED RN then executes evidence based nursing practice actions to care for the patient based on the determined acuity level. In this capacity, the ED RN is also responsible for the initiation of the standardized orders and protocols. This includes conducting a focused assessment based on the patient's condition, reporting abnormal findings to the ED providers, implementing nursing protocol/providers' orders, and evaluating the patient's response to all treatments and interventions. In addition, the ED RN initiates interdisciplinary referrals for patients who require specialized services, such as social work, mental health, diabetes education, and wound care. The ED RN plays a pivotal role as the patient advocate on the interdisciplinary team (IDT), collaborating with all other team members to assure optimal, timely, and above all, safe care for the patient. The ED RN is a member of the Rapid Response Team (RRT) and Code Blue Team and is required to maintain Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification. Work Schedule: 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. Includes holiday and weekend rotations. 72/80 WH Schedule Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Physical Requirements: The population of male and female Veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
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.