Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Published
February 14, 2020
Location
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Job Type

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Duties

Summary

The medical/surgical/telemetry nurse provides care for a team of medical/surgical/telemetry patients. She/he recognizes and reports physiology and/or psychological deviations such as symptoms of hemorrhage, shock, obstructed airway and/or anaphylaxis. etc.

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Responsibilities

The incumbent charts pertinent data regarding the patient's condition such as procedures performed vital signs. Pre-op and Post-op assessments, consent site verification, IMed consents, and handoff reports. The night shift RN is responsible for checking charts for the next day. She/he makes sure all required labs and EKG, history and physicals are done prior to procedure. Nurse must recognize and identify rhythm disturbances; signs and symptoms of and nursing interventions. Nurse will also make sure that the correct surgical site has been marked appropriately or if site is unable to be marked, identifying armband will be placed on patient by nurse and initialed by physician. Incumbent adheres to all rules of safe environment in the pre-operative area. Nurse will assist physician as needed with bedside procedures such as paracentesis, thoracentesis, bone marrow, and lumbar puncture. Incumbent performs a wide range of nursing procedures, some of which include performing catheterizations, bladder scan, IV insertion, accu-checks, initiating and abiding by isolation protocols and performing nasal swabs for MRSA screening of all patients being admitted and discharged. In addition, the nurse provides clear and concise discharge instructions to patients and families with written and verbal communication. She/he is responsible for maintaining up to date all mandatory training and attending required in-services as well as maintaining current ACLS and BLS certification. The incumbent will possess effective communication skills and customer service practices. The hours of duty vary between day, evening, and night tours with rotating evenings and may include compressed tours.

Work Schedule: Full Time - Night tour with rotating weekends and holidays and subject to change based upon the needs of the Agency

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

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