Progressive Care-Critical Care (PCU) Registered Nurse
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Salem, Virginia
Internal Number: 613409200
The Salem VAMC is looking for a Progressive Care Unit (PCU) RN to provide quality care to ill Veterans. The RN is directly responsible to the manager in the assigned area and is responsible and accountable for the provision of direct patient care and for the delivery of quality nursing care to a culturally diverse veteran patient population. The RN must possess the knowledge and skills to effectively apply all aspects of the nursing process for the management of acute and chronic illnesses. The incumbent works closely with physicians and other staff to provide medical treatment and personal care services to all Veterans. Duties include, but not limited to: Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age-specific components Identifies changes in patient's condition and documents observations Collaborates with health team members to facilitate positive care outcomes Provides a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems; and accountable for meeting and maintaining the qualification standard and functional statements of the assigned grade. Demonstrates the ability to make critical decisions and trouble shoot patient care equipment. Demonstrates the ability to make critical decisions and trouble shoot patient care equipment. Responds to life threatening arrhythmias and emergency events effectively and administer appropriate drugs, and operate and monitor specialized equipment. Serves as a responsible member of the nursing team and interacts with patients, family members, professional and other supportive personnel. Relates effectively, cooperatively, and professionally with all co-workers. Administers medications and treatment procedures per established policies and guidelines Initiates treatments, administers critical medications and monitors effects and patient progress. Assists the critical care physician with procedures Maintains complete and accurate computerized patient records. Orders emergent diagnostic tests Initiate referral to other members of the interdisciplinary health care team such as: nutritional support, ostomy care, chaplain, social work, PT, OT, etc. to assure timely interventions, continuous holistic care and interdisciplinary approach. Management and care of patients Immediately defibrillate confirmed ventricular fibrillation according to ACLS algorithm. Connect to defibrillator monitor and initiate monitoring. Maintain proficiency in Impedance Cardiograph machine. Acts as patient advocate Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 7P-7:30A Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt Supervisory Position: No Bargaining Unit Position: Yes Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Not Authorized Relocation expenses: Not Authorized Probationary period: May be required Financial Disclosure: 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.