The RN in Home Based Primary Care will be responsible for the direct care of the patient. The RN is primarily responsible and accountable for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating direct and indirect nursing care, and identifying outcomes for patients in the home based primary care setting. The HBPC Nurse is responsible for coordinating patient care delivery to ensure quality care according to established standards of care/practice, policy and procedure. The specific patient population to whom direct care is provided includes adults with a variety of different conditions. The practice of the nurse is characterized by leadership in improving patient care. The RN is responsible for their professional development. The The RN must be able to educate patients, families/caregivers in the home setting, lifting, moving, and/or transferring of patients and use equipment to provide patient care which usually involves lifting and/or pushing the equipment. The RN is responsible for the storage, proper cleaning techniques, and use of reusable medical equipment (RME). He/she must be able to locate the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all RME in the clinical area. She/he is responsible for carrying out proper procedures for caring for patients in an isolation environment by following proper infection control procedures. The RN communicates regularly with the HBPC Program Coordinator and interdisciplinary HBPC team, home health agencies, and multiple disciplines of the VA hospital. The RN's role will include, but is not limited to the following duties: - Establishing nursing diagnosis. - Providing health education and procedural teaching to patients and significant others in the home setting. - Administering and evaluating pharmacological and other therapeutic treatment regimens in the home setting. - Establishing priorities and making ethically-sound decisions to ensure safe patient care. - Responding to emergency situations to promote optimal patient outcomes by recognizing changes in the patient's health status. - Take appropriate corrective actions when noncompliance with policies, procedures, standards, and protocols by other nursing personnel on the unit occurs and provides feedback to the Program Coordinator - Is flexible in setting priorities in response to emergencies/crises, scheduling changes, or adverse conditions to obtain maximum productivity while providing care in the home setting - Documenting patient data to ensure continuity in the provision and coordination of patient care - Performing diagnostic studies within the scope of nursing practice as ordered by the physician - Managing follow-up care - Collaborating with other healthcare professionals in the home setting - Directs staff members to promptly report any changes in patients' condition/behaviors to appropriate personnel - Communicating with veterans and family members regarding veteran's care - Acting as a resource to others - Serves as a mentor to other nurses - Participating in continuing education and achieving/maintain certification - Participating in data collection for research and using scientific findings to improve patient outcomes - Possesses knowledge of unit level monitors and quality improvement findings - Assists in identifying problem areas in nursing by participating in staff meetings and identifying interventions which are ineffective and not research based - Provides care in a safe and cost-effective manner - Seeks opportunities to acquire and develop advanced skills - Participates in appraisal of own and others performance - Monitoring performance by developing and participating in performance improvement activities - Participating as an active member in professional and consumer organizations, contributing to professional publications, and presenting at professional meetings - Maintains security of all patient information and ensures patient privacy. (NG57 staff nurse pay scale) Work Schedule: Monday-Friday day hours Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized 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.