A recruitment/relocation incentive is not authorized. Work Schedule: This is a modified day shift position, Monday through Friday, with required on-call (including off-tours, weekends, and holidays) and flexible scheduling to accommodate the needs of the unit/procedure schedule. All staff are required to be on-call (on a rotating schedule) and therefore must reside a maximum of 30 minutes' drive time from the Milwaukee VA Hospital to meet the call-schedule requirement. This is a full-time position for a Cardiac Cath/EP RN at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. The Cath/EP Labs are an integral part of the Cardiology Department within the Medicine Division. The selected incumbent will provide nursing care to patients undergoing invasive diagnostic and therapeutic cardiac procedures (both emergent and non-emergent) in both the Cardiac Cath and Electrophysiology Labs. Duties Include but are not limited to: Function with a high degree of teamwork, utilize critical thinking, and demonstrate exceptional communication skills with all intra- and interdisciplinary partners. Provide complex nursing care to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs of critically ill patients including those requiring mechanical ventilation. Aseptically prepare patient and the surgical field, select required instruments, catheters, guide wires and ancillary equipment necessary for the prescribed procedure. Preps and drapes patient according to protocol; assist in maintaining sterile field, helping with catheter exchanges, injections, and balloon dilatation. Provide venous access via initiation of an intravenous (IV) line Prepare and administer medications (including those given for moderate sedation) as directed by the physician for all emergent and non-emergent procedures in the Cath and EP Labs and/or for transesophageal echo's (TEE) and Dobutamine stress tests. Assist in monitoring hemodynamic and ECG monitoring of the patient Cares for patients requiring invasive equipment to include an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) or an Impella. Utilize the appropriate computer program to acquire, reconstruct and analyze data; utilize peripheral devices (digital imaging, and video formatters) to quantitate coronary lesions and to generate ventricular analysis reports, cardiac output, gradients, valve areas and other diagnostic parameters. Removes arterial and venous sheaths and achieves effective hemostasis. Other duties as assigned Preferred Qualifications Registered Nurse with a minimum of 2-years critical care experience in ICU, ER, Cardiac Catheterization/Electrophysiology Lab, or other critical care area preferred BSN preferred Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology experience preferred Critical Care Registered Nurse certification Nursing experience preferred ACLS certification will be required. Must have physical capabilities to initiate crisis intervention measures and the ability and knowledge to perform in nursing care emergencies. Must demonstrate the ability to utilize the nursing process in managing acute and/or emergent patient care situations. Must demonstrate skills in managing moderate sedation and monitoring critically ill patients during procedures. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills and tact in dealing with patients, families, and staff. Demonstrate the ability to work as a team to meet the needs of both the patient and the unit. Must be able to work with a high level of flexibility/adaptability. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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