SCOPE: The staff nurse demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others.
The Staff Nurse reports to the Nurse Manager of the assigned area.
General Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs surveillance and testing of dialysis water treatment equipment and dialysis water (such as chlorine, hardness, conductivity, water cultures) to ensure the machines are operating within the parameters set in the dialysis center’s written protocols.
Responds appropriately and provides assistance in emergency situations.
Demonstrates consistent clinical competence in providing nursing care.
Demonstrates a working knowledge of dialysis laboratory tests and dialysis medications.
Demonstrates an in-depth understanding of infection control and prevention of transmission of blood borne pathogens.
Demonstrates a working knowledge of national guidelines and the dialysis center’s protocols for immunization of dialysis patients (such as influenza, pneumococcal, and hepatitis-B vaccination).
Maintains skills necessary to perform Acute and Chronic Hemodialysis treatments.
Maintains skills necessary to perform surveillance on dialysis access (catheter, fistula, graft) for early signs of failure or infection; this includes (if needed and after receiving the appropriate training) the ability to perform arteriovenous access monitoring using a Transonic machine per protocol.
Maintains skills necessary to do regional heparinization, draw blood samples, set up oxygen, administer saline, and maintain dialysis equipment.
Uses equipment correctly and accurately interprets data.
Recognizes subtle changes in patient’s condition and responds timely, choosing the correct interventions.
Demonstrates evidence of critical thinking skills in identifying, analyzing, and resolving patient care problems on the unit.
Adheres to all VA dialysis center policies; which include: dialysis prescription, dialysis administered medications, recommended immunization procedures for ESRD patients and staff, frequency of physician visits, transplantation, consultation with renal dietician and social worker, etc.
Adheres to all VA dialysis water standard policies; Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards; and network, federal, and state guidelines.
Maintains responsibility for providing coverage for the dialysis center.
Provide cross coverage for the Renal Clinic.
Citizen of the U.S.; Graduate of a state-approved, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited school of nursing; a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. Physical and mental capabilities to satisfactorily perform assigned duties.
Education and Experience Requirements:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with 2-3 years of nursing experience
Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and bachelor’s degree in a related field with 2-3 years of nursing experience or
Master’s degree in nursing or related field with BSN or bachelor’s degree in a related field with approximately 1-2 years of nursing experience
Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in related field with no nursing experience
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be based on type of degree held, years of RN experience, and type of RN experience
Internal Number: 102
About Department of Veterans Affairs
More than 6.3 million Veterans and their families turn to us for care every year, and it is our duty to provide them with the best health care available. Our team of 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees work together on interdisciplinary care teams to deliver critical services to our Nation’s Veterans. From Iraqi Freedom service members to those who survived WWII, our Veterans need us. We renewed our focus on increasing access to care by beginning one of our largest hiring initiatives ever. With challenging cases and advanced equipment, VA offers careers for physicians and nurses at all acuity levels, from primary care to subspecialties. Our interdisciplinary careers offer growth opportunities for mental health and rehabilitative service providers.