This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Operating Room Registered Nurse primarily functions as a circulating nurse. In that role, he/she is responsible for assessing, developing and implementing a plan of care to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physiological needs of each patient. The registered nurse is responsible for ensuring that the plan of care is carried out through performance and leadership of subordinate personnel. The incumbent is under the supervision of a Nurse Manager or other immediate supervisor who provides the administrative supervision and general instruction, plans and assigns work, assigns time schedules, approves leave, and completes performance evaluations. Duties include but not limited to:- Adheres to the standards of nursing practice of VA Medical Center, which consist of a systematic approach to nursing practice by using the nursing process Assesses the patient status upon arrival to the Operating Room suite and continually thereafter Develops a plan of care by the preparation of the Operating Room, necessary supplies, and equipment as indicated by the patient's illness Coordinates preparational activities of the Operating Room with other members of the surgery team Assists in transportation of the patient to the Operating Room and to the Post anesthesia and to the Post-anesthesia Recovery Room, as needed Implements the plan of care during anesthesia and surgery as directed by the anesthesiologist and surgeon Provides and maintains a safe and comfortable environment for the patient Acts as first, second, and third, assistant to the surgeon as necessary Demonstrates the ability to give comprehensive nursing care to meet the total needs of the patient Communicates with the Charge Nurse the need for services required of other departments (e.g., radiology, laboratory and pathology, pharmacy, Medical Media, etc.) Notifies relatives of progress of surgery and communicates any messages as directed by the physician Accurately records nursing actions and physician's directions on the Operative Report, which reflects the nursing care provided during the surgical procedure Evaluates the care given by comparing psychological and physical needs of the patient with the care given Demonstrates knowledge and judgment needed to meet the nursing needs of the patient Demonstrates basic knowledge of Operating Room procedures Readily identifies and practices principles of sterile technique Correlates operative procedure with human anatomy and physiology involved Cognizant and performs correct sterilization procedures Demonstrates knowledge of surgical procedure performed and anticipates future needs of surgical team Demonstrates organizational ability by using time, equipment, and personnel effectively Prepares assignment sheets listing responsibilities of all personnel in meeting the needs of the patient Coordinates activities of each operating room with the OR Clerks and Operating Room Nurse Manager Coordinates use of special equipment and supplies needed Establishes priorities and delegates responsibilities Gives verbal account of ongoing activities to charge or relief nurse, as appropriate Communicates with other nursing units and hospital departments as necessary in lending knowledge and care for the patients involved Work Schedule: Shift Work; 6:45am - 3:15pm, or 7:30am - 4:00pm, or 8:00am - 5:00pm Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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