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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.
The Licensed Vocational Nurse assigned to the VANCHCS functions as a team member under the guidance of the Registered Nurse, but must be able to function independently. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for nursing care, medication, finger sticks for blood glucose testing, equipment care and maintenance, and scrubbing surgical procedures as assigned. The incumbent must also maintain surgical specialty service requirements as assigned. Performs appropriate care for young, middle adult or older adult patients as trained. Participates in the maintenance of a sterile or controlled environment as required. Follows AORN Standard and Recommended Practices in daily responsibilities. Recognizes and intervenes with basic techniques to appropriately de-escalate disruptive patients.
1. Responsible for performing all peri-operative scrub duties and assigned support duties in a manner that provides high quality and safe surgical patient care.
2. Required to actively participate and contribute as a member of the surgical team in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the patient's treatment plan and promotes patient participation in the therapeutic community by fostering self-reliance and independence.
3. Demonstrates ability to effectively plan for procedure, to adapt to unforeseen situations, and anticipates needs of patient and members of surgical team.
4. Required to interview patients for procedures and other pertinent health. Required to document all essential information in the medical record, which includes but is not limited to; vital signs, measurements, current medications, symptoms, and pertinent observations.
5. Required to administer and document in the medical record oral, subcutaneous, and intramuscular medications in accordance with written Nursing Service medication administration policies
6. Hangs, monitors, and discontinues prepared peripheral IV fluids of 5% dextrose in water and/or saline solutions with isotonic half strength saline.
7. Under the direct supervision of the surgeon, prepares for and assists with surgical procedures per established routines and/or instructions, e.g. assist with draping, setting up cautery, and suction, and verifying the location of the operative site. Performs sponge, needle, and instrument counts with circulating nurse per written procedure.
8. Required to recognize aberrant patient symptoms, i.e. syncope, respiratory distress, vital signs, cardiac dysfunction, hemorrhage, depression, anxiety, etc. and report promptly, both verbally and by documentation in the medical record, to the RN and/or physician.
9. Required to set priorities among tasks assigned by differentiating between critical, emergent, or routine patient needs.
10. Takes responsibility of a surgical specialty that includes preference cards update, supply & equipment requisition, & instrument sets maintenance.
11. Assist the OR team with all aspects of case preparation, patient preparation, clean-up, and room turnover; anticipates & responds to needs appropriately.
12. Demonstrates knowledge of disaster, infection control, MSDS, & safety protocols to ensure safe & efficient patient care.
13. Expected to keep and maintain an inventory of supplies used in his/her assigned surgical specialty and to maintain the integrity and cleanliness of specialty carts.
14. Maintain aseptic environment by observation and action in accordance with AORN standards of practice.
15. Required to have the knowledge of basic surgical principles in practice, (e.g., principles of asepsis, positioning, anatomy & physiology, sterilization parameters, traffic patterns, care & handling of surgical instruments & equipment, draping, scrubbing, gowning & gloving, etc.)
16. Demonstrate knowledge of Infection Control principles as it relates to practices in the Ambulatory Surgery Unit.
17. Required to know & maintain BLS certification, fire, safety and other mandatory in-service programs.
18. Seek to expand knowledge base by requesting challenging assignments, participating in quality improvement and research projects and attending relevant continuing educational programs.
19. Successfully completes Unit Specific competencies as appropriate to position.
1. Current proficiency in Basic Life Support (BLS) through the American Heart Association (Required prior to assuming clinical duties and must remain current ?VHA Directive 11-77)
2. Minimum of 2 years of recent clinical experience within the last 5 years
3. Clinical experience in outpatient Surgical Specialty Clinical settings
4. Able to assist a surgeon with a sterile procedure
5. Excellent interpersonal skills are required along with flexibility in a dynamic, ever changing, fast paced environment. Successful documentation of performance and competencies is required along with dependability and strict adherence to privacy and confidentiality policies
6. Must have a working knowledge of anatomy & physiology related to this specialty. Must have computer skills to include Microsoft Word, Excel, and the ability to navigate a computerized patient record system. Excellent interpersonal skills are required along with the ability to work independently and effectively in a diverse team environment
Bring your expertise to VA and be valued as part of a team that is recognized and respected for significant contributions to medicine. Youâ??ll enjoy a patient-focused environment, terrific benefits and incentives, and the ability to practice at any VA facility in the country.
VA needs new employees with a wide variety of skills and professions.Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of some truly special and deserving people.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.Those who a...lready work at VA feel privileged to assist the men and women who have defended our country. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.The Department of Veterans Affairs is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. America's veterans need you.