The RN for will perform clinical duties as directed by the Associate Director for Patient Care Services through the Chief Nurse of Acute Care Services and Nurse Manager/Assistant Nurse Manager (or designee) which is responsible for care of intermediate level adult patients such as: cardiac, medical and surgical patients. The Registered Nurse (RN) Stepdown Unit (SDU) is responsible for care of intermediate level adult patients such as: cardiac, medical and surgical patients. Responsible for recognizing and reporting physiology and/or psychological deviations resulting in blood pressure or heart rate deviations, bleeding, and/or psychological crises. Uses critical thinking to assess, plan, implement, evaluate, and deliver care. Provides nursing care for complex patients, independently carrying out all nursing functions related to cardiac monitoring, treatments, medication, and physiological monitoring modalities. Must possess effective communication skills and customer service practices. Functions of assigned duties include but not limited to the following: Performs skills and techniques necessary to provide safe patient care in the SDU setting Demonstrates knowledge and skill in identification and intervention of dysrhythmias Demonstrates comprehensive understanding of arterial blood gases Demonstrates knowledge of the function, use, and interpretation of monitoring equipment in the SDU Demonstrates performance and knowledge to deliver non-synchronized counter-shock (defibrillation) Demonstrates knowledge and skill in caring for the patient with a chest tube Demonstrates knowledge and skills in airway management Demonstrates knowledge and skill in the identification and prevention of post-surgical complications Expresses knowledge and skills necessary for providing nursing care to patients and their families in Step Down Unit Executes knowledge and skills necessary for providing nursing care to patients and their families in Step Down Unit Executes knowledge and skills necessary to perform during cardiopulmonary emergencies Assesses clinical dates for neurological, cardiac/vascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and skin and documents finding and reports abnormalities Safely provides assessment and care for patients undergoing surgeries, procedures, and treatments Administers medication safely and accurately Adheres to infection control principles/protocols to prevent nosocomial infections in patients Administers blood according to physicians order following medical center memorandum, and documents appropriately Work Schedule: Nights, 7:30pm - 8:00am., including rotating weekends and holidays. This may change at the discretion of the agency. Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse/000000 Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not Authorized 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.