Registered Nurse- Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit (PACU)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Internal Number: 669490200
The Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit RN coordinates nursing care for patients whose protective reflexes or self-care abilities are potentially compromised after operative or invasive procedures. They work collaboratively with perioperative professionals (physicians, Operating Room nurses, and anesthesia providers) to plan care that meets the patient's needs. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. OR The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Preferred Experience; Post Anesthesia Care Unit Experience ICU Experience ED Experience BLS ACLS ASPAN Certification Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. The VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and mental health inpatients and outpatients. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Must be able to lift at least 45 pounds. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. This position requires heavy lifting (45 lbs and over), Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over), Strait pulling (1 hour), Pulling hand over hand (2 hours), Pushing (2 Hours) reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both arms/hands required or the equivalent required, walking 8-12 hours, standing 8-12 hours, crawling 0.5 hours, kneeling 1 hour, repeated bending (4 hours), climbing, legs only (0.5 hours), both legs required or the equivalent required, twisting (2 hours), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, stooping, stretching (2 hours), near vision correctable at 13 to 16 to Jaeger 1 to 4, specific visual requirement (read medication label and equipment manuals), both eyes required, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid may be permitted) adequate to hear medical alarms/whispered voice, ability to perform Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior, patient lifting (mechanical assistance available), sitting (8-12 hours), ability to perform Basic Life Support, emotional and mental stability. Environmental factors include: outside and inside, dust, electrical energy, working around machinery with moving parts, working with hands in water, working closely with others, working alone, protracted or irregular work hours and repetitive use of hand hygiene. ["The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Major duties include, but not limited to: Possesses technical knowledge and clinical skills to function as a peri-anesthesia nurse, which encompasses the care of the patient in the immediate post-anesthesia period where basic life-sustaining needs are the highest priority. Addresses the physical, psychological, and spiritual response of the patient that has undergone an operative or invasive procedure Maintain clinical competencies through continuous study, in-services, and continuing education units Administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team Works cooperatively as a member of a team in all assignments The Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit RNs will also be oriented to Ambulatory Surgery unit and will cover this area as needed to meet operational needs of the continuum of surgical care. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 7:30pm This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial 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.