This is a Staff Nurse (Operating Room) (OR) position located in Patient Care Services. Provides specialized direct and indirect care to patients within all surgical specialties and/or designated specialty.
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Major duties may include but are not limited to;
- Observe, interview, and assess patients to identify care needs.
- Monitor or evaluate medical conditions of patients in collaboration with other health care professionals.
- Develop, implement, or evaluate standards of nursing practice in specialty areas.
- Plan, evaluate, or modify treatment programs based on information gathered by observing and interviewing patients, or by analyzing patient records.
- Documents nursing interventions, therapeutic measure administered, patient's reactions, patient teaching and understanding.
- Administers therapeutic measures as prescribed by the physician to include, but not limited to, medication administration, intravenous fluids, treatments and maintains those measures taken which are ongoing in nature.
- Participates in the development, updating and evaluation of standards of care and quality improvement monitoring.
- Collaborate with other health care professionals and service providers to ensure optimal patient care in the Operating Room or designated area.
- Completes required documentation in a timely manner.
- Adheres to VHA directives and AORN Practice Guidelines.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 6:45am-3:15pm with on-call coverage including weekends and holidays.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
- Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination
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.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- 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.
- Current or recent (within the last 2 years) OR experience
- 3-5 years of successful OR experience
- 5 years RN experience
- Scrub, Circulating, and PeriOperative experience preferred
- Open Heart experience preferred
- CNOR certification preferred
- BSN preferred but not required
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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's 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: 1. Lifting up to 45 lbs. (intermittently)2. Carrying up to 45 lbs. (intermittently)3. Repeated bending4. Straight Pulling up to 45 lbs.(intermittently)5. Straight Pushing up to 45 lbs. (intermittently)6. Stooping (intermittently)7. Squatting (intermittently)8. Kneeling (occasionally)9. Use of both arms10. Use of both hands11. Use of fingers12. Overhead work; both arms (intermittently)13. Prolonged walking (up to 4 hrs./day)14. Prolonged standing (up to 4 hrs./day)15. Sitting (up to 2 hrs./day)16. Far Vision - correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other17. Near Vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13 - 16 inches18. Ability to distinguish shades of colors19. Hearing - ability to hear and understand the spoken voice from a distance of 8 feet. Ability to effectively utilize a stethoscope and distinguish breath and heart, and bowel sounds20. Emotional and mental stability - ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/