We are seeking a Registered Nurse who will provide primary care nursing support for a rapidly growing population. The RN will consistently fulfill the standards of Nursing Practice in accordance with established policies and procedures of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Nursing Service. South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) serves one of the largest primary service areas in the nation and is part of the VA Heart of Texas Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 17).
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Perform a wide range of clinical/administrative duties and will utilize nursing skills when assessing and triaging unscheduled patients as walk-ins, over the phone or secure messaging. Assures current, comprehensive, and timely documentation is contained in the patient's medical record and any other pertinent records. Uses the nursing process, evidence-based practice, and effective communication to collaborate with healthcare providers, family/caregiver, internal VHA and community based services and disciplines involved in providing care to the patient in developing the patient-driven holistic care plan for life. have the ability to work within an intra-professional team to assist in the nursing care of complex populations. Triages and applies a collaborative team approach in identifying triage patient concerns/symptoms; categorizes acuity (emergent, urgent, semi-urgent, or routine) and assists in getting the appropriate treatment and intervention and documents encounter citing approved protocols. Performs a variety of tasks to include but not limited to: Vital signs, EKGs, immunizations, injections, blood cultures, PICC line management, setting up and assisting with procedures, and other tasks as required by clinic. Promotes patient self-management, prevention, and wellness; while incorporating critical thinking and customer service skills into all aspects of the role. Oversees LVNs and C.N.As. May function as charge nurse and preceptor; prepares schedule, makes/adjusts staffing assignments, etc. Participates in committees and performs other duties as assigned. The primary care clinics include the Internal Medicine Clinic (IMC) and Infectious Disease Clinic (IDC) in which Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) principles are utilized. In primary care, the RN serves as patient care coordinator for veterans assigned to PACT. Coordinates care and collaborates with other staff/services to facilitate the best clinical outcomes, quality of life, and a seamless transition between facilities and levels of care. The specialty clinics include: 1G, 1A, Allergy, Dermatology, Hepatology, Infectious Diseases, Occupational Health, Weight and Diabetes Management, and Telecare. The population of patient varies depending on specialty to include but not limited to immunosuppressed, neurology, rheumatology, renal, gastroenterology, hem/oncology, endocrine, cardiology and various other specialties.
Work Schedule: Days 0730-1600 and/or 0800-1630, Monday - Friday generally but may include Saturday clinics on occasion. Tour of duty and duty location may change due to patient care needs and must be flexible to the needs of the clinic.