This position will serve as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The ICU RN is a direct care provider whose scope of practice includes providing nursing care for patients in the ICU. RN Salary Range: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy. The ICU RN is responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing care, including the triage of patients based on acuity and the demonstrated ability to appropriately classify patient according to the number of resources needed to provide emergent or Intensive care to patient within the unit. The ICU RN possess the knowledge and skill necessary to deliver patient care in accordance with VHA directives, polices, and procedures, as well as the Standards of American Association of Critical Care Nursing clinical practices. Intensive care unit nurses work very closely with physicians and other members of the health care team. They need to be skilled to assess patient problem quickly and capable to use high tech equipment. They use their advanced skills to care for patients who are critically ill and at high risk for life-threatening health problems. ICU RN must be strong to work with seriously ill patients and their loved ones. Most patients in a critical care unit are physically and mentally unstable and they require respiratory and heart monitoring as well as treatment adjustments. ICU RN duties and responsibilities can include: - Monitor exact, detailed reports and records of critical ICU patient. - Monitor and record symptoms and changes in patients' conditions and inform to physician. - Order, interpret and evaluate diagnostics tests to identify and assess patient's condition. - Carefully observe and document patient medical information's and vital signs. - Document patients' medical histories and assessment findings. - Document patients' treatment plans, interventions, outcomes, or plan revisions. - Consult and coordinate with health care team members about whole patient care plans. - Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patient's response and conditions. - Monitor the critical patients for changes in status and indications of conditions such as sepsis or shock and institute appropriate interventions. Work Schedule: Day Shift (7:45 AM - 8:15 PM); Sun - Sat. Days may vary with 8-12-hour tours, 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.