The Hemodialysis unit at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center provides dialysis treatment to both chronic an acute care patients. The incumbent is responsible for providing and directing effective dialysis nursing care to individual and groups of patients for an aging, adult population. The incumbent will initiate and discontinue dialysis treatment for patients with permacatheters, fistulas, grafts, and temporary accesses per provider instructions. She/he will set up/check dialysis equipment, ensure proper operation, make or report necessary corrections to appropriate personnel; document observations, assessments, and changes in patient's condition; and provide a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems.The incumbent is responsible for ensuring his/her actions contribute to a mode of continued accreditation readiness regarding Joint Commission (TJC), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), VA surveyors, Laboratory College of American Pathologists (CAP), and other survey teams. She/he is responsible for protecting printed and electronic documents containing sensitive patient data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, and statues. She/he will consistently demonstrate thorough knowledge of all VA policies, procedures and clinical protocols as well as clinical practice and skills, problem-solving skills, and decision-making skills.The incumbent must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds. She/he will influence outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team. Core elements of performance include knowledge and active participation in any quality improvement processes, initiatives, and customer service. She/he will consider all characteristics of the individual, including gender and gender role identification, age and life stage, state of health, race and culture, socio-economic status, values and previous experience with similar events, in order to assist each patient to identify and meet their health needs. This position requires a high level of flexibility/adaptability in order to meet a fast paced inpatient and outpatient hospital setting, as well as on-call with a 60 minute response time and mandatory holiday rotation. Work Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm with alternating Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 am - 2:30 pm. Includes on-call and holidays. Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO):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.