The Intensive Care/Stepdown (ICU/SD) nurse is a registered nurse (RN) who executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex patient care. ICU/SD Unit is a monitored unit that provides patient centered, quality, and efficient care to critically ill Veterans. **AMENDED: This is an OPEN CONTINOUS ANNOUNCMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2022. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be October 22, 2021. with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st of each month or as needed. Eligible applications received after that date will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available.** ***Applicant Expiration: Applicants will remain active for 6 months after their initial application is received and/or updated. After that time, you must update your application through your USAJobs account if you would like to be made active again for possible consideration during the open period.*** ICU/SD RN provides care to a patient population which includes but is not limited to: cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, orthopedic, GI, vascular diseases, vascular surgery and minor trauma. The ICU/SD RN is accountable as a primary nurse for a defined group of patients for the entire episode of care. ICU/SD RN demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. The unit/area specific scope of practice includes the following but not limited to: Area of Practice (Intensive Care/Stepdown Care) Veteran Population (Adult and Elderly) Unit/Position Specific Competencies Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Provides a full range of nursing care to patients with complex care needs utilizing the nursing process based on the American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of Nursing Practice. Treats all patients and families with dignity and respect. Listens to and honors patient and family perspectives and choices. Patient and family knowledge, values, beliefs, and cultural backgrounds are incorporated into the planning and delivery of care in a non-judgmental, non-discriminatory manner (Patient and Family Centered Care). Demonstrates leadership in patient advocacy, in protecting the health, safety, and rights of patients. Maintains professional boundaries with patients, families, and employees. Behavior as a role model is transparent and above reproach. Accurately documents in the medical record patient findings, assessments, and care provided. Initiates/participates in consultations to health care teams regarding ethical issues. Analyzes resources available and identifies risk areas, including budgetary, staffing, supplies, equipment, and availability of data and information. Actively involved in continuously evaluating practice for a program or service, based on established professional, community, or regulatory standards, such as clinical practice guidelines and The Joint Commission. Assists nursing personnel with assessment, implementation, and evaluation of new approaches, procedures, and standards of patient care, based on reliable. Conducts or participates in research or facilitates special projects through presentation(teaching) or publication. Work Schedule: Varies - Service determines Tour of Duty to meet the needs of the unit. Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized. Recruitment Incentive may be authorized for highly qualified and/or critical care certified nurses. To receive the recruitment incentive, the incumbent must commit to a negotiated service agreement in the critical care department at VACCHCS. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Bargaining Unit Position: Covered.
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.