The Emergency Department (ED) is a level III unit with 27 beds, 2 triage rooms, with 4 beds designated for high-risk psychiatry patients. This position will focus on admitted patients that are being held over in the ED for greater than 4 hours. The incumbent(s) will provide 24-hour nursing care and monitoring of Emergency Department medical and psychiatric patients waiting for hospital admission. The ED primarily cares for Veterans and occasional humanitarian persons seeking emergent care. The census of patients seeking the ED services is an average of 30,000 patients per year. Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants provide care in collaboration with other disciplines to offer a seamless transition of care throughout the VA continuum of care. The nurses assigned to this unit will need skills in triage, admission assessments, psychiatric close monitoring, and CIWA protocols. Inter Qual guidelines and physician judgments are used to determine appropriate level of care and resource management patterns for ED patients requiring admission or transfer to other facilities. Policies, procedures, and clinical operations are based on EMTALA laws, ENA and ACEP guidelines. Quality improvement efforts are assessed and evaluated continuously to help achieve our mission and ensure patient satisfaction. Five Most Common Patient Problems Requiring Nursing Care; 1. Chest Pain 2. Respiratory Problems 3. Abdominal Pain 4. Psychiatric/Detoxification 5. Patients Awaiting Primary Care Assignment or Medication Refills 6. Stroke Work Schedule: Part-time/4-36 hours weekly, to be discussed during the interview process. Tour is subject to change based on agency needs. Financial Discloser Report: Not required. Telework: Not authorized. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 11256253 This is an Open Continuous Announcement (OCA). See details under the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section regarding the referral process. Pay close attention to the "Required Documents" section.
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.