This is a part-time nursing position (up to 20 hours/week) at the Altoona VA Medical Center. The Nursing Officer of the Day (NOD) is a professional registered nurse who coordinates the patient care of Veteran patients through direct supervision of Patient Care Services staff throughout the Altoona VA Medical Center during administrative and non-administrative tours of duty. The NOD will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in decision-making and will utilize the nursing process for complex situations which affect performance outcomes at the point of care. The incumbent will demonstrate leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others and enhance practice through effective development of collegial relationships. The incumbent will also demonstrate collaboration by using the group process to solve problems with a focus on leadership of staff (unit, team, or workgroup) which impacts patient care delivery, operations, or resources. The incumbent must demonstrate critical thinking with efficiency and accuracy when it comes to assessing and managing situations. The NOD is responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care. She/he assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age-specific components; assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction; considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences; administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines; and influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team. The core elements of performance include knowledge and active participation in unit/program level quality improvement processes and initiatives as well as customer service programs. This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as the Altoona VA Medical Center is a 24/7 hospital. The incumbent must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and ethnic backgrounds. She/he must be willing to work cooperatively as a member of a team in all assignments and make caring for the Veteran his/her priority while in the work setting and demonstrate customer service principles in all aspects of work. She/he will be self-motivated in the pursuit of meeting professional work standards and may have the role of assisting in Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) as a tele-presenter, who assists the provider in the presentation of a CVT visit. The tele-presenter assists with the clinical aspects of the intervention, assessment, diagnosis and evaluation and assists with the physical examination of the patient for the primary care or specialty provider located at distant sites. All other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Nurse Manager. Work Schedule: Rotating tours (evenings/nights/weekends) 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.