Registered Nurse (COVID Outpatient Operations Team)

at Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Published August 5, 2022
Location Tucson, AZ
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  

Description

Summary The VISN 22 Southern Arizona Health Care System is seeking '1' Registered Nurses to assist in the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a temporary position NTE two (2) years. Responsibilities Assigned to COVID Outpatient Operations Team. May be reassigned to outpatient or inpatient care area, depending on facility needs. Other duties include: Proficient using electronic medical records, preferred VA EMR experience. If patient has had a COVID-19 Vaccine administered outside the VA, ask for the CDC Vaccination Record Card and use the national note or the reminder to update the patient's VA EMR Phone Triage for COVID Outpatient Phone Line(s) Walk-in Triage and Care Coordination Uses Staff and Veteran COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination Worksheet to assess/triage patient for vaccine. Formulates a plan of care based on nursing assessments, using the nursing process, based on the ANA Standards of Nursing Practice Proficient in administering medications--all routes and 7 rights (right patient, right drug, right dose, right time, right route, right reason, and right documentation) Ability to perform other Outpatient Clinic RN staff member's roles as needed Correctly and safely performs all nursing procedures Recognizes abnormal signs and symptoms and/or changes in patients' condition and responds appropriately by notifying clinic provider, evaluating vital signs, administering medication as ordered and correctly documenting Develops and implements a plan to meet learning needs, instructing patients and families in what to expect after receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine and/or monoclonal medications Maintains competency on PPE use/ donning and doffing Demonstrates safe work practices. Performs COVID swabbing tests on symptomatic and asymptomatic patients using Binex and PCR tests Safely administer and monitor infusions of monoclonal antibodies and other treatments to COVID+ patients in an outpatient setting Responsible for environment of care (EOC) issues when on duty. Ensures clean, safe environment. Ensure medications are secure in locked cabinet. No expired medications. Ensure no clutter on unit. No personal cell phone use in patient care areas during administration/education of COVID-19 treatments/vaccinations. Maintain refrigerator on unit; cleaning log completed weekly. Completes Orientation Competency and Skills Checklist for COVID Vaccine Clinic for Nursing Staff, unit based in-services, and mandatory educational activities in a self-directed manner Participates in unit based educational activities and VA continuing education requirements to increase clinical and professional knowledge. Reads Outlook email messages daily when on duty without prompting. Reads policies and other messages as directed Demonstrates professional and cooperative behavior in all aspects of practice Uses the proper chain of command for communication. Demonstrates effective written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrates professional and cooperative behavior in all aspects of practice Collaborates with peers in completing unit workload efficiently. Participates in unit-based performance improvement activities to improve patient care. Makes changes in own practice in response to performance improvement findings Reviews and shares current literature in relation to practice with co-workers Participates in meeting VA Performance Measures to include AES. Other duties as assigned Ensures confidentiality of patient information and secures patient information For additional information contact the Nurse Recruiter: Barbara O'Connor at [Click Here to Email Your Resumé] or (520) 629-1781. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 07:30AM to 4:00PM (could include some Saturday's if needed) Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. All 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. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. OR The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking and standing up to 8 hours; repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing aid permitted. All registered nurses with less than 12-months of RN experience upon entry on duty (EOD) date, will complete a 12-month nurse residency program. The RN Transition-to-Practice (RNTTP) Residency Program complies with VHA Directive 1077. See www.va.gov/NURSING/workforce/RNTTP.asp for details. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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