The Specialty Unit RN uses the nursing process and evidence-based practice to collaborate with the Patient, Specialty Care Provider, and Expanded Team (family/caregiver, internal and community-based services involved in providing care to the patient) in developing the patient-driven holistic care plan for life. The Specialty Unit RN is responsible for collaborating with services internal and external to the VA to facilitate care transition in order to effectively meet the patients' needs. The Specialty Unit RN provides patient and family health education with a focus on self-management, prevention, and wellness based on the patient's goals. The Specialty Unit RN demonstrates leadership by serving as an advocate for patients, team player to colleagues as she/he continues to enhance his/her own and the team's professional growth, self-development and practice. The Specialty Unit RN serves as a preceptor or mentor to colleagues or students to enhance their professional growth, development and practice. As the incumbent Meet the Practice dimension involves incorporating and implementing the requirements of the other qualification standards, including: Leading and organizing delivery of care to assure continuity of care and peer accountability for practice, including access to care and discharge planning. Using advanced clinical knowledge/judgment to promote staff involvement in planning, decision-making and evaluating outcomes. Functioning as an expert in clinical practice and/or in areas related to the assigned roles and responsibilities. Systematically evaluating current practice and formulating outcomes for groups of patients and/or organizational processes within area of expertise. Guiding, developing and supporting staff from a leadership perspective. Using professional standards of care, scientific evidence and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities. Scope of Assigned Duties: Promotes evidence-based patient-driven care Identify, educate and coach to support self-management, prevention, and wellness, based on patient's goals Provides care management of wound care, urology, dermatology, foot care, and pacemaker patients through the coordination of tele- health consults, maintaining dermatology registry, patient education, staff education, and collaborating with other services both internally and externally to assure timely and safe patient care. Evaluates practice of self and others using professional standards, relevant status, and regulations, and takes action to improve performance. Planning, organizing, directing and evaluating patient care within an outpatient same-day procedure clinic using the application of the nursing process. - Uses Care Tool Management (CMT), motivational Interviewing, lifegoals, TEACH for success and other tools as deemed appropriate; to guide patients to establish goals. Obtains and completes processing of laboratory specimens per laboratory protocols, including POC testing as assigned. Soothes transitions by collaborating with multidisciplinary services, internal and external to the VA. Works closely with medical and nursing staff, infection control manager, SPS, and patient safety manager in evaluating quality improvement activities at the service which results in improved patient outcomes. Utilizes VA approved patient care tools regularly and integrates data into nursing care and the care management process (Diabetic Registry, Micromedex, Clinical Key, PACT SharePoint, Opioid Risk Registry, Primary Care Almanac, Clinical Practice Guidelines, and others). Links the patient with local and/or VA services, resources, and opportunities based on the patients' needs. Provides patient care thru scheduled clinic visits, walk-in or urgent visits (triage), telephone visits. Place orders according to protocol. Completes monthly medication inspection for pharmacy ward stock, orders medications, completes audits as needed Completes Clinical reminders (pertinent). - Answers patient calls/triages messages timely. Preceptor or mentor to colleagues and/or students. Administers medications in accordance with State and Federal laws, RN Licensure, scope of practice, and local policy. Performs nursing procedures and assists provider with procedures. Performs Point of Care Lab testing procedures per policy, maintains competency as assigned. POC testing includes: Accucheck, Clinitek, and Coagucheck. Coordinates care (procedures, labs, transitions, teaching, patient visits and needs). Performs other duties as designated/assigned within RN scope of practice. Acts as Point of Contact in absence of Clinic Manager to make recommendations for the efficient operation of clinic. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30am - 4pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 10 paid Federal holidays per year. Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA. Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement). Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory. Recruitment / Relocation Incentives "ARE NOT AUTHORIZED"
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.