A Nurse Resident is a registered nurse entering a one year residency program approved by the Veterans Health Administration. The Nurse Resident will undergo an intense program of instruction that includes classroom and competency evaluations, practical and clinical experience under a trained nurse preceptor, followed by independent, but closely supervised clinical experience in any of the acute care settings that include medical/surgical, geriatric/long term care, or behavioral health. The Nurse Resident performs all the functions of a Registered Nurse, but under close supervision by the assigned nurse preceptor and the RN Resident Nurse Coordinator. Duties and responsibility include, but are not limited to: Required to attend all scheduled classes and scheduled preceptor / mentor meetings. Required to complete an evidence based practice project. Arrive on time and maintain good time and attendance. Maintain communication with preceptors, charge nurses, nurse managers, educators and the RN Residency Coordinator. Complete evaluation forms on each RN who precepts him/her. Demonstrate a positive attitude toward every opportunities presented in the learning and work environment. Demonstrate patient centered care. Demonstrate respect, dignity and courtesy for all internal and external customers. Complete and submit assignments in a timely fashion. Remain current in all required training, including BLS, professional licensure and required certification if applicable. Provide safe patient care within scope of practice. Actively seeks assistance/guidance when needed including collaboration with preceptors, nurse educators and RN Resident Coordinator. Following completion of the residency program, the incumbent accepts a fulltime position as a staff nurse with a two year commitment. The Nurse Resident is responsible for providing patient care at its basic levels. The incumbent is a registered nurse who is responsible for the clinical, administrative, research and educational aspects of the assignment. The Nurse delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned patients while developing technical and administrative skills. Refer to the attached Performance Evaluation Code that establishes the scope of practice for the following dimensions: PRACTICE - The effective use of the nursing process to make practice decisions in an ethical manner with consideration to safety, effectiveness and cost in planning and delivering care. PROFESSIONAL ROLE - Seeks learning opportunity for self and others. Evaluates his/her own nursing practice and the performance of others. COLLABORATION - Creates an atmosphere in which nurses build professional relationships with peers and colleagues in the interdisciplinary team. Provides opportunities for nurses to share knowledge through coaching and mentoring. SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY - The extent to which the RN systematically evaluates and improves the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice and health care delivery based on research. Work Schedule: Holiday and weekend rotation. Tours of duty rotate according to facility needs. Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Discloser Report: Not required Physical Requirements: Standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 6 hours), stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning; repositioning patients, assisting with transfers; pushing or lifting more than 45 pounds; visual (corrected to 20/30 or better with color discrimination); auditory acuity; arms above shoulder level; neck in a fully flexed or extended position; work on computers for extended periods of time. Work is primarily conducted in a well-ventilated, adequately heated and cooled building. May be exposed to inclement weather when traveling around medical center. May be exposed to normal office irritants - dust, pollen, noise, vibrations, or odors. May be exposed to therapy animals with and without advanced notice. May be exposed to patients and family in emotional upheaval or extreme pain. Must have emotional stability to properly care for usual patient population.
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.