The Registered Nurse in the 48 Observational Unit provides care for Medical and/or Surgical patient who require monitoring, evaluation and assessment for short term treatment. The RN must maintain ACLS Certification, follow the AHA guidelines and intervene when there are changes in patient condition. Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Requirement for Title 38 Health Care Personnel The position to which you are applying for employment is considered a Title 38 Health Care Personnel position within the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA). All new VHA Title 38 Health Care Personnel are required to participate in the Agency's COVID-19 vaccination program. The major requirement of this program consists of employees receiving either a complete COVID-19 vaccine series or receiving a medical or religious vaccination exemption. New employees must provide proper documentation of vaccination, initiate a COVID-19 vaccination series, or complete an exemption request within two (2) weeks of beginning employment with the DVA. The registered nurse provides care and counseling of persons or in the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness and injury based upon the nursing process which includes systematic data gathering, assessment, appropriate nursing judgment, and evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as case finding, health teaching, health counseling; provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being; and executing medical regimens including administering medications and treatments prescribed by a licensed or otherwise legally authorized provider (Illinois Board of Nursing). The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community (ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses). The Registered Nurse in the 48 Observational Unit provides care for Medical and/or Surgical patient who require monitoring, evaluation and assessment for short term treatment. The RN must maintain ACLS Certification, follow the AHA guidelines and intervene when there are changes in patient condition. The patient criteria include the Diagnostic Evaluation but not limited to chest pain low probability, stable GI Bleed, syncope and DVT. The RN will implement the short-term therapies for patients with Diagnosis of: - CHF - COPD - Dehydration - UTUI - Seizure - Stable Pneumonia - Hypertensive Urgency - Post Invasive Procedure Management The RN utilizes current nursing standards, guidelines and treat modalities. The RN's role includes but limited too initial and ongoing physical and psychosocial assessments. These patients require continuous EKG monitoring, pulse oximetry and vital signs per protocols. He/She performs recovery from moderate sedation and post anesthesia recovery. The RN will provide patient education for discharge readiness. The RN adheres and enforces Infection Prevention Standards. The RN will provide a safe environment for all patients with altered sensorium due to medication or acute/chronic illness and follow protocols to maintain safety. The RN maintains competency of various types of equipment In the Observation Unit the RN adheres to facility and unit SOPs, protocols and guidelines regarding documentation. The RN is expected to communicate timely and effectively with all members of the patient care team, as well as relate courteously and appropriately to all internal and external customers. Finally, the RN is expected to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment working as a patient advocate and build strong teams within multiple levels of interdisciplinary staff. Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital is a Level 1a major interdisciplinary teaching facility with service-lines serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients, with a comprehensive adult Emergency Department, and multiple community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC). There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. The Hines VA Hospital Blind Rehabilitation Center provides services in a residential setting. Home-Based Primary Care is provided in the veteran's home. Work Schedule: Part-Time, 24 hours per week (48 hrs per pay period) NIGHT SHIFT; 7:30 pm to 8:00 am With Rotating Weekends & Holidays Uniform Allowance IS AUTHORZIED FOR THIS POSITION Telework: NOT AVAILABLE Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: NOT AUTHORIZED Permanent Change of Station (PCS): 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.