The Registered Nurse, Vascular Access Lead is aligned within the Specialty Medicine Department, Office of the Chief Nurse Executives and functions as an integral member of the interdisciplinary medical team to provide healthcare which maximizes the quality of life for Veterans, Department of Defense (DOD) beneficiaries (active duty and retired), and their family members with critical medical and surgical needs requiring intensive and/or intermediate levels of nursing care. The Vascular Access Specialist is a Registered Nurse (RN) who is qualified by education and a broad-based clinical knowledge that enables the staff member to effectively provide device recommendations and collaboration with clinical staff to provide vascular access insertions, maintenance, patient teaching, as well as staff teaching and mentoring. The Vascular Access Lead RN is competent in ultrasound technique, and sterile procedure. Is current on best practice and standard of care. Able to teach to a group competency-based vascular access skills and knowledge related to intraosseous insertion (IO), PIV insertion, dressing changes, sterile technique, and infusion therapies. The RN must be able to use tip location system when inserting Peripherally Inserted Central Lines. Be able to recognize lethal rhythms and take corrective action. Common duties of the position include, but are not limited to: Rounding and assessing on vascular access devices placed by a vascular access nurse. Performing dressing changes as needed, maintaining data, reporting, and keeping up to date on latest recommendations for best practice. Demonstrates cardiac rhythm recognition, detects cardiac arrhythmias, understands arrhythmia significance, recognizes symptoms, and anticipates or initiates appropriate nursing measures. Coordinates initial training and ensures new vascular access RNs are practicing safely and effectively. Teaching vascular access for Advanced Cardiac Life Support classes as indicated. Performs ongoing assessments, noting changes in condition, and provides appropriate interventions. Active participant of the facility Rapid Response System and in-hospital Code Blue response to provide vascular access assistance when not involved in direct patient care. Provides oversight of the Vascular Access team including maintaining all competencies for members of the team. Coordinates scheduling of team members to cover hours as required by the facility. Meets with Leadership quarterly to present new data, evidence-based practice updates and any educational updates for staff. Incumbents may be required to work nights, weekends, holidays, and off-tour to meet the needs of our patient population. The incumbent must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds. Incumbent leads by example in to ensure that all Veterans, Department of Defense (DoD) beneficiaries (active duty and retired), and their family members are treated with respect and civility. Ensures that whenever possible, the incumbent works to cultivate partnerships with the patient in developing solutions to meet their needs. The incumbent is willing to work cooperatively as a member of a team in all assignments. Makes caring for the patient his/her priority while in the work setting and demonstrates customer service principles in all aspects of work. Self-motivated in the pursuit of meeting professional work standards. All RNs working in Vascular Access are required to have or obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications before starting direct patient care. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm 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.