The Endoscopy RN is a professional registered nurse (RN) qualified by education and experience to provide professional nursing care to acute and chronically ill Veterans. The RN is responsible for the direct patient care as well as delegation and coordination of care delivered in primary assigned clinics and will cover/float to other Special Procedures Unit as needed after completing appropriate competencies The Endoscopy RN uses the nursing process and evidence-based practice to collaborate with the Core Team (Patient, Specialty Care Providers, RN Care Coordinator, MSA and Patient Support Technician) and Expanded Team (family/caregiver, internal and community-based services involved in providing care to the patient) in developing the patient-driven holistic care plan for life. The Endoscopy RN is a member of the core team. The Endsoscopy RN demonstrates leadership by serving as an advocate for patients, team player to colleagues as she/he continues to enhance his/her own and the team's professional growth, development and practice. Fundamental responsibilities of the Endoscopy RN include, but are not limited to the following: a. Uses the nursing process and evidence-based practice to collaborate with the Core Team (Patient, Provider, LPN, Health Technicians/Nurse Assistants, MSAs, and other clinics) and the Expanded Team (family/caregiver) in developing the patient-driven holistic care plan for life. b. Coordinate gastroenterologist/surgeon's block time. c. Assist in getting patient prepared for procedure. d. Collaborates clinic needs and assignments with other Specialty Clinic nurse coordinators in order to meet the needs of the veterans seen in the surgical clinics. e. The RN will be assigned to a primary location but is expected to float to the different patient care areas throughout the Special Procedures Unit and facility as needed. These include but are not limited to the following: Infusions, GI ARNP clinic, and Pre-Post Moderate Sedation both GI/IR and procedures. The RN is expected to adhere to facility and/or unit policy and procedure when giving patient care in the different nursing areas throughout the facility. The nurse is expected to document patient care in a timely manner that adheres to unit and or facility policy. The nurse must demonstrate a variety of specialized diagnostic and treatment procedures. f. Provides medications as ordered in the care management for Veteran. Prepares Veteran for clinics, procedures, and assist providers with procedures and obtaining lab specimens. g. Demonstrates leadership by serving as an advocate for Veterans to have their needs met in a timely manner within the parameters of the Veterans Affairs regulations. h. Collaborates effectively with all members of the Special Procedures Unit across the continuum of care and serves as a role model for professional growth, development and practice. i. Provides patient and family health education with a focus on education, self-management, prevention, and wellness, based on the patient's goals. j. Ensuring appropriate evaluation of consults and access is provided to patients. k. Functioning at the full extent of the team member's relevant clinical privileges, credentials, scopes of practice, elements of practice, certification, functional statement, position description, or other VHA or local facility approved documentation of competency. l. Participating in team performance improvement and sustainment activities to optimize team efficiency and care delivery to patients. m. Implementing specialty care operations management processes, as appropriate. n. Managing communications and facilitating safe transitions of patients between the special procedures site of care and other health care settings, using informal and formal communication methods, as appropriate. o. Providing health education and health coaching on wellness, disease prevention, chronic care management, and self-management skills to patients and personal support persons, commensurate with the documented expertise or professional training of the special procedures member. p. Engaging patients in using health care, encouraging patients to engage personal support persons, receiving input from patients and personal support persons regarding VA care. q. Using formal and informal communications that are respectful, effective, timely, and bidirectional with all team members (including the patient and personal support persons) to convey significant, clinically relevant information for the care of the patient. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30am -4pm Telework: not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: NOT authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 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.
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.