The New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) is seeking Registered Nurses to provide care to our nations Veterans. NMVAHCS is a Level 1b major interdisciplinary teaching facility with service-lines serving medical, surgical, behavioral, and neurological inpatients and outpatients care needs to the Veteran patient. The registered nurse provides care and counseling of persons in the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness and injury based upon the nursing process which includes systematic data gathering, assessment, appropriate nursing judgment, and evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as case finding, health teaching, health counseling; provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being; and executing medical regimens including administering medications and treatments prescribed by a licensed or otherwise legally authorized provider (in accordance with State Licensure Board). The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community (ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses). Direct Care Nurse/Staff Nurse: Responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct Veteran patient care. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age-specific components. Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences. Administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team. Core elements of performance include knowledge and active participation in unit/program level quality improvement processes and initiatives as well as customer service programs. The RN will provide safe direct patient care with the ability to manage complex patient situations along with: Provide organized and efficient patient care. Looks beyond their individual assignment to address concerns and issues occurring on the unit. Ability to manage multiple competing priorities successfully. Manage complex patient situations and acts as an expert in the area of the Emergency Department. Demonstration of Accurate and Timely documentation of patient care according to the Standards for the Emergency Department. Ability to demonstrate understanding of and compliance with patient safety guidelines, accrediting body guidelines, VHA Directives and Facility Center Memorandums that pertain to the Emergency Department and direct patient care. Maintain current licensure, certifications (BLS/ACLS), competencies, and mandatory trainings. Demonstrate effective use of facility processes for Standard Operating Procedures, Center Memorandums, Protocols, Guidelines, Patient Education, etc. seeking guidance from preceptor, more experienced RNs, or Nursing Leadership as needed. Consistently demonstrates effective communication skills and professional behaviors that promote cooperation and teamwork with internal and external customers, team members, and supervisors. Maintains a professional and respectful attitude toward patients, families, and co-workers. Demonstrates teamwork in collaboration with peers and multi-disciplinary teams to provide optimal care for the Veteran patient. Work Schedule: Days, Nights, Weekends, Holidays Telework: Not available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized. 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.