The Registered Nurse (RN) practices in Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) located in the Operative Care Division (OCD) in Portland. The RN prepares patients for surgery and provide phase I and phase II post-anesthesia recovery for medical and surgical procedures. Excluded are those recovered in the Critical Care Unit. 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. Preferred Experience: PACU or ICU RN experience preferred 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: Light to moderate carrying and lifting (up to 44 lbs); Pushing (0.5 hour); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands and legs required; Walking (6 hour); Standing (6 hour); Kneeling (0.5 hour); Climbing, legs only (0.5 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors, and shades of colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted); At least '70 peripheral in horizontal meridian in each eye; Mental & emotional stability required. ["Patient populations include but are not limited to: cardiothoracic surgery, renal transplant, vascular, orthopedic, neurosurgery, urology, otolaryngology, general surgery, gynecologic surgery, ophthalmology, endoscopy and other medical procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia care. The RN is accountable for a defined group of patients for the entire episode of pre-op or post-op care which includes but is not limited to: Assesses patient readiness for surgery, monitoring patient phase I and phase II recovery, evaluating the plan of care and ensuring thorough patient education is provided. Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to continuously improve patient/customer satisfaction and patient care outcomes. Assures that all standards of care are being maintained and followed. Based on education and experience, the incumbent may be assigned responsibilities as preceptor or charge nurse. ACLS certification is required. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, variable hours between 0600 - 2000 per service needs.\nCompressed/Flexible: Available\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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