The Registered Nurse is assigned to the Patient Care Service. Perioperative Registered Nurse (RN) plans, directs, and coordinates the care of every Veteran undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. Specialty Care Clinic RN utilizes critical thinking skills and the nursing process to provide the highest level of nursing care for eligible Veterans seeking specialty care in the ambulatory outpatient care setting. The Perioperative RN identifies Veterans' needs, sets goals with patients, and implements nursing interventions and activities to achieve optimal patient outcomes. The Perioperative RN is concerned with the patient's safety as well as physiological and behavioral responses throughout the surgical experience. He/she provides direct and indirect nursing care to patients and families in the perioperative arena. The nurse practices as a Perioperative RN in the Operating Room (OR) providing nursing care in a scrub and/or circulating nurse role. The Operating Room provides surgical services to all surgical specialties and Veterans within the RVAHCS. The Perioperative RN is responsible for all nursing care of each Veteran (elective or emergent) within the operating room environment including but not limited to a preoperative nursing assessment, an intra-operative nursing care plan, implementation and documentation of care given, as well as the documentation of patient disposition postoperatively. He/she is accountable for adhering to established policies, standards of care, and standards of practice of Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN). Specialty Care Clinic RN utilizes critical thinking skills and the nursing process to provide the highest level of nursing care for eligible Veterans seeking specialty care in the ambulatory outpatient care setting. The Specialty Care clinics include pre-op clinic, tele-device, cardiology, renal, podiatry, orthopedics, pain, ear/nose/throat (ENT), general surgery, urology, dermatology and wound care. Nursing services provided in the Specialty Care Clinics include telephone advice; assessment of scheduled and non- scheduled patient's problems for acuity and appropriate referral; coordination of care with other VA facilities, and the Veteran's primary care provider; Veteran and family education; dressing changes and wound care follow-up; assessment of effectiveness of prescribed medications and medication compliance; on-going Veteran assessment and follow-up care per provider orders; psychosocial support, and pre and post procedural care. Performs pre and post-procedural phone calls with instructions pre/post follow up post procedure to assess recovery. Demonstrates technical and operational knowledge and can apply these skills in the clinical setting. He/she is accountable for adhering to established policies, standards of care, and standards of practice. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 or 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. 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.