The Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System in sunny Tucson, Arizona has an immediate need for (1) one Nurses(Catheterization/Electrophysiology Lab) for the Critical Care Nursing Service. This position resides in the Special Procedures Unit II, and reports directly to the Clinical Nurse Manager of SPU II. 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 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. 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. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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: 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. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking and standing up to 8 hours; repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing aid permitted. All registered nurses with less than 12-months of RN experience upon entry on duty (EOD) date, will complete a 12-month nurse residency program. The RN Transition-to-Practice (RNTTP) Residency Program complies with VHA Directive 1077. See https://www.va.gov/NURSING/workforce/RNTTP.asp for details. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Duties include but not limited to: - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse will be responsible to circulate, assist, and operate equipment for all the various Cardiac Cath/EP Lab procedures. These procedures include, but are not limited to: Right and Left Heart Diagnostic Catheterizations, Balloon Angioplasty, CSI/Rotapro Angioplasty, Coronary Arterial Stent Placement, Intravascular/Intracardiac Ultrasound, Trans Esophageal Echocardiogram, Carotid Angiogram and Stent Placement, Peripheral Angiogram, Peripheral Angioplasty and Stent Placement, PFO Closures, Impella and Intra-Aortic Ballon Pump Insertion, Laser Atherectomy, Electrophysiology Studies, Cryo-Ablation, Radio Frequency Ablation, Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) Insertion, and Implantable Loop Recorder (ILR) Insertion. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse will cross train to Interventional Radiology. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse must possess knowledge and skill set for pre-operative and post-anesthesia care. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse verifies operative procedures, notes abnormalities, previous surgeries, presence of prosthetic devices/implants, notes sensory impairments, and other pertinent data to form an individualized plan. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse recognizes impending complications and intervenes according to anesthesia protocols, orders, and department policy. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse teaches pre/post-op patient/family preparation and recovery expectations from the nursing care perspective. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse demonstrates understanding of the importance of the patient experience as a key component toward quality and patient-centered care. They will deliver care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse is familiar with post-operative equipment and patient devices, and is able manage post-operative complications from the nursing perspective. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse demonstrates understanding of principles of oxygen delivery, respiratory physiology, transportation and uptake, and proper use of delivery devices. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse performs respiratory assessment and can identify signs and symptoms of respiratory distress and hypoxemia and indications for advanced airway support. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse demonstrates proper suction techniques. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse identifies ventilator modes, basic operation, and care of ventilated patients. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse performs respiratory assessment and performs routine/emergent interventions. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse identifies the characteristics of medications used for pain management including pharmacology, dosage, onset, duration, indications, therapeutic effects, toxicity, and their reversal agents. - The Cardiac Catheterization/EP nurse uses other therapeutic techniques as adjuncts to medication, repositioning, splinting, relaxation, and distraction. Preferred Experience: BSN, 2 years Catheterization lab experience or CCU/ICU; Intra-Aortic balloon pump (IABP) experience. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with scheduled on-call duty. Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.