The registered nurse provides care and counseling of persons or in the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness and injury based upon the nursing process which includes systematic data gathering, assessment, appropriate nursing judgment, and evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as case finding. Major functions and responsibilities include but are not limited to: 1. Use the nursing process to provide and coordinate the nursing care of the patient undergoing operative or other invasive procedures. 2. Review surgeon's preference card and prepare the OR for the surgery. Ensure availability of instruments, equipment, sterile supplies, and implants. 3. Assist with set-up of surgical field and pre-surgery count of instruments, sponges, sharps, and miscellaneous items with scrub person. 4. Interview the patient and review the preoperative assessment, check chart for required documentation: history and physical examination, consents, day of surgery note, correct surgical site, laboratory test results, lab values, allergies, and NPO status. 5. Assist anesthesia provider with induction. 6. Ensure proper patient positioning for various surgical procedures. 7. Communicate patient care needs in a concise fashion. 8. Respond to emergencies in a timely and calm manner. 9. Supervise and evaluate the activities of other team members while providing interventions in urgent or emergent situations. 10. Monitor sterile field, equipment, and traffic flow through the OR suite. 11. Prepare various specimens for pathology and microbiology per policy. 12. Perform final surgical counts of instruments, sharps, sponges, and miscellaneous items with the scrub person; act per policy when there are discrepancies. 13. Complete documentation on OR record. 14. Hand-off pertinent patient information to the receiving unit. 15. Participate to improve OR efficiency Metrix, for example, first time case starts, room turnover, preventing SSIs etc. DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. RN Salary Range: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy. Work Schedule: 0700 to 2330 rotating shift with on call after hours, weekends, and holidays Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.