This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Note: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, CURRENT PERMANENT VA EMPLOYEES SHOULD APPLY UNDER THE ANNOUNCEMENT CBTC-11345784-22-TGP*** The Bruce W Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is looking for a Registered Nurse (RN) to work in the outpatient clinic Urodynamics Lab for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).The SCI/D outpatient clinic RN functions independently and collaboratively with the SCI/D primary care providers. The SCI outpatient clinic nurse possesses specialized knowledge and clinical skills necessary to function in a variety of roles in caring for the individual with spinal cord injury/disorder. These roles may include Clinical Educator, Coordinator of Care, Counselor and Advocate: Clinical Educator: The primary role of the SCI outpatient clinic nurse is to share information and help individuals develop and maintain skills necessary to achieve optimal independence. The nurse educates individuals and significant others and reinforces teaching done by other health care providers. The nurse provides verbal and written information in a variety of areas such as management of bowel and bladder, management of skin and personal hygiene, medication and diet, and community resources Coordinator of Care: The outpatient clinic nurse assists in coordinating outpatient care with the rehabilitation team, with other specialties, and the community. Counselor: The nurse assists individuals in meeting the challenges of community living. The individual is assisted with problem solving skills and the SCI nurse provides encouragement and praise for the achievement of goals. Advocate: the nurse views the person with SCI/D as a unique individual. Nurses bridge the gap between medical and non-medical personnel. Nurses provide information and understanding to other about the rehabilitation process as well as individual needs, progress and outcomes. Other duties include but are not limited to: Health maintenance: Coordinate annual exams Inpatient - schedule labs, x-rays, eye clinic visit, psychosocial assessment Outpatient - coordinate clinic visits, transportation, lodging, follow-up letter and instructions, pre-clinic telephone contact, performs phlebotomy, EKG's, coordinate physical therapy services, eye clinic, nuclear medicine, and radiology appointments. Health promotion disease prevention: Immunizations Preventive health counseling Consultations Clinical reminders Telephone triage Drop in triage Patient assessment Monitor and evaluate indicators for improvement in performance measures Coordinates function of outpatient clinic and supervises clinic nursing staff Educate individuals in the following: Identification, treatment and prevention of respiratory complications and the safe and effective use of cough assist (in-exsufflator) machine and EZ Pap. Identification and treatment of autonomic dysreflexia. Prevention, early symptom recognition, and prompt management of cardiovascular and thermoregulatory dysfunction. Sexual health issues Identification, assessment, and management of pain specific to SCI/D and its impact on quality of life. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm; flexibility may be required to ensure coverage for the facility. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Eligible: *See "Additional Information" section below for more details. 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.