The registered nurse (RN) in the Intensive Care Unit of the directorate of Nursing Services, Office of Chief Nurse Executives functions as an integral member of the interdisciplinary medical team to provide healthcare which maximizes the quality of life for Veterans, Department of Defense (DOD) beneficiaries (active duty and retired), and their family members with critical medical and surgical needs requiring intensive and/or intermediate levels of nursing care. The RN role includes initial and ongoing, physical and psychosocial assessment/ reassessment to determine the patient's nursing care needs. It is the synthesis of data from various assessments, problem identification, care planning, monitoring and evaluation of the patient. The RN is actively involved in the following patient concepts of care: support systems, strengths/areas of growth, advocacy, discharge planning, and collaboration with other healthcare providers to optimize wellness and comfort. The RN will also give immediate attention and response to critical events and assess, plan, implement, and evaluate the patient's experience with pain. All RN's are required to be competent in the standards of practice for care of all critically ill patients. Finally, the registered nurse is expected to facilitate work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment working as a patient advocate and build strong teams within multiple levels of interdisciplinary staff. The employee must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the duties of the position including those necessary to provide care appropriate to the patient population served. Such knowledge and skills are identified in the competence assessment checklist of the position and include knowledge and skills in the following: Communication and interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers. Maintenance of confidentiality related to patient/employee information, electronic and print. The Federal Health Care Center performance improvement program. How to work and function in the FHCC in a safe manner, including infection control, and the correct operation of equipment. Population-specific care, as identified in the Population-Specific Competencies, including knowledge of principles of growth and development relevant to the populations served and associated age specific changes; ability to assess and interpret data about the patient's status; and ability to identify population specific needs and provide the appropriate care based upon the population related factors noted. Population specific care will include working knowledge of Adults, Geriatric, and Mental Health patients. Work Schedule: Days, 12 hours with rotation to other shifts as needed to include weekends and holidays. 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.