The Invasive Cardiology Staff Nurse demonstrates knowledge and clinical skills related to supporting the Cardiology Department within the Syracuse VA Medical Center as an expert who is self-directed in a goal-setting environment to ensure the management of complex clinical situations. The incumbent is responsible for competencies of a Cardiology Cath Lab staff nurse and conducts a variety of functions to support the Cardiology Department. The following functions are unique to Invasive Cardiology Staff RN (Cardiac Catheterization Lab). This following summary is neither inclusive nor exclusive of duties and responsibilities of the Invasive Cardiology Staff Nurse: - Circulates, monitors, assists, and operates equipment for all of the various procedures in the Cardiac Cath Lab (within scope of practice) to include (but not limited to): hemodynamic, intravascular ultrasound, fractional flow reserve, temporary pacemakers, defibrillators, intra-aortic balloon pump, tilt table, transesophageal echo, electrosurgical cautery). Circulating requires knowledge of all wire types, sheaths, stents, pacemaker insertion equipment, and other items and equipment specific to cardiac cath. - Performs Control room monitoring/ operation to include Xray imaging setting adjustment per MD order, hemodynamic monitoring using Sensis software, cardiac waveform monitoring and recording, documentation of procedure using Sensis software, and other duties as needed - Provides patient care in the peri-procedure setting for an inpatient and outpatient population both elective and urgent. - Functioning as "Charge" nurse on a rotating basis. - Performs patient vital signs, ECGs, and monitors telemetry. Monitors and records vital signs per Cardiology Department protocol. - Pre-procedure patient assessment, pre-procedure checklist documentation. - Peri-procedure nursing documentation. - Serves as a resource to clinical and non-clinical staff. Provides staff education and in-services related to invasive cardiology services. - Communicates with patients, Cardiology providers, referring providers, and Cardiology Department staff. - Schedules and processes paperwork for patient tests, cardiac catheterizations and other invasive procedures, labs, device procedures, or post-procedure appointments using appointment management system. - Ensure procedure rooms are clean, stocked appropriately, and ready for the next patient; ensures equipment is clean/sterile and in working order. - Monitors patients during cardiac catheterization and procedures requiring moderate sedation. - Post-procedure care and documentation. - Hand-off report to respective nursing units. - Communicates and coordinates patient care between physician providers and Cardiology NP/PA team. - Reviews patient records for allergies, prior cardiac procedures, procedure pertinent information and consults appropriate staff with issues and/or concerns. Preferred experience: Cath Lab experience or Interventional Radiology experience preferred Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 - 4:00 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.