OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.
The St. Louis VAMC is a full-service health care facility providing inpatient and ambulatory care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, and rehabilitation, as well as over 65 subspecialty areas. It is a two-division facility that serves veterans and their families in east central Missouri and southwestern Illinois.
The John Cochran Division, named after the late Missouri congressman, is located in midtown St. Louis in close proximity to its affiliated medical schools - St. Louis University and Washington University. It has all of the medical center's operative surgical capabilities, the ambulatory care unit, and a six-story Clinical Addition that includes surgical facilities, intensive care units, outpatient psychiatry clinics, and expanded laboratory.
The Jefferson Barracks Division is a multi-building complex overlooking the Mississippi River in south St. Louis County. It provides psychiatric treatment, regional spinal cord injury treatment, a nursing home care unit, geriatric health care, rehabilitation services, and a rehabilitation domiciliary program for homeless veterans.
The St. Louis VA Medical Center is associated with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Belleville, IL; O'Fallon, MO (St. Charles County); and St. Louis, MO (North St. Louis County); and Washington, MO.
For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/
Travel Required: Not Required
Relocation Authorized: No
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
The duty station is the John Cochran Division; however, the duty station may be changed to one or multiple associated VAMC locations within the metropolitan St. Louis, MO area based on the needs of the medical center. This position is in the bargaining unit. This announcement may be used to fill identical positions vacated within 90 days of any selections made from the original announcement.
The incumbent for this position may be eligible for a recruitment incentive and the Education Debt Reduction Program with a 2 year service obligation agreement. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.
Tour of Duty: M-F, rotating shifts that require on-call staffing for the department.
We offer state-of-the-art care, providing for an array of patients, primarily elderly males. High volume surgical patients include, ophthalmology, ENT, plastics, general surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, urology, vascular (including endo-vascular) Robotics, Endoscopy, and cardiothoracic Opportunities exist for RN's to acquire scrub and circulating experience. We are affiliated with the health care programs at local colleges/universities.
Operaitng Room Responsibilities/Duties:
· Demonstrates the ability to assess the physiological and psychological needs of the patient by providing perioperative nursing care according to AORN Standards and Recommended Practices. Treat patients with dignity, respect, privacy and confidentiality.
· Must possess self-confidence to be able to accomplish high level, delicate and skilled cardiac surgery nursing care
· Demonstrate autonomy, collaboration, team building, and mentoring skills.
· The CT OR nurse candidate will provide direct patient care by applying and documenting the nursing process to all avenues of perioperative nursing including preoperative assessment, nursing care plan formulation, operative care plan implementation and evaluation of patient's response.
· Exemplify the nursing process in the operating room as a patient advocate:
· Collaborating with Anesthesia regarding pt. care issues
· Constant diligence to safeguard pt. from preventable adverse incidents
· Awareness of changing levels of acuity and
· Readiness to provide needed supplies, equipment and personnel urgently
· Need to have dual skillset: scrub and circulating experience in cardiac surgery.
· Must possess organizational skills and have an understanding of cardiac surgical procedures
· Provide intraoperative nursing care by implementing sterile technique and maintaining a sterile field when scrubbing and/or circulating.
· Monitor equipment as it is being used for ultimate patient safety.
· Manage the care of the surgical patient in a manner which maintains a safe environment for staff, patients and families; ensures compliance with regulatory body standards and hospital policies and procedures; maintains standards of efficiency and cost effectiveness; and promotes a learning environment for all team members.
· The perioperative applicant must participate in a rotating call schedule with relief assignments to the OR/Post Anesthesia Care Unit, OR Procedure room and Cysto areas as needed.
The Nurse Manager duties include but are not limited to:
· Accountable for the 24/7 operations of the OR and PACU including, but not limited to delivery of nursing services and for immediate supervision and guidance of the registered nurse and non-licensed staff members.
· Responsible for the coordination, supervision, and leadership of daily operations, nursing practice, quality of care, performance improvement, patient –safety, efficiency of services, environment of care, education and professional development specific to each work setting.
· Accountability for planning, designing, integrating, implementing, and evaluating programs of clinical practice to continuously improve services to the Veterans.
· Promotes interdisciplinary evidence-based practice and customer service and satisfaction.
· Works collaboratively across all service lines and actively develops and manages collaborative partnerships with physicians, other clinicians, and works with Nurse Managers to identify and share resources.
· Responsible for performance measures, performance improvement, customer service/patient satisfaction, patient and employee safety, employee relations, standards of care and practice, the work environment, and accreditation and regulatory standards.
· Responsible for all issues that affect nursing including timely hiring, payroll certification, annual employee ratings, staff training, competency assessment, coaching/mentoring staff, disciplinary guidance, and assuring fiscal accountability.
· Oversees the allocation of available resources and the implementation of programs to promote safe, efficient, and cost effective services which contribute to meeting productivity goals.
· Responsible for meeting regulatory and professional standards of care, performance metrics, and also participates in the development of goals and strategic plans aimed at meeting patient care needs. Performs other duties as assigned.
· Manages staffing and the assessment, planning, provision, and evaluation of nursing care for multiple areas during non-administrative hours, to include nights, evenings and weekends (as needed).The Nurse Manager reports to the Associate Chief Nurse Surgical Operations and is accountable to the Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS).