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3K Inpatient Stepdown Unit Nurse

VA Medical Center

Minneapolis, MN
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3K Inpatient Stepdown Unit Nurse
Minneapolis, MN

RN 3K Inpatient Step Down Unit


We are seeking nurses who possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team.  3K is a 21 bed medical stepdown unit from ICU to acute medicine or surgery. The purpose of the unit is to provide nursing care to veterans experiencing acute medical/surgical problems; or patients requiring close 24/7 observation, skilled nursing care,  cardiac monitoring, continuous cardiac IV medications, insulin drips, close respiratory monitoring and specialized procedures. 


Responsibilities include: 

  • providing prescribed medical treatment and personal care services to ill and injured veterans. 
  • documenting observations, assessments, and changes in patient's condition;
  • collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes;
  • providing a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems;
  • interpretation of EKG monitored patients/ACLS for all RN's;
  • performing oral/nasotracheal suctioning;
  • managing gastric, intestinal, and/or percutaneous drainage and feeding tubes;
  • interpreting Continuous Oximetry patients;
  • inserting and/or care of urinary drainage devices and care (condom catheters, intermittent catheters, foley catheters, suprapubic catheters, nephrostomy tubes);
  • utilizing bladderscaner for urinary retention assessment;
  • applying and managing pneumatic sequential compression devices;
  • providing ostomy care;
  • using doppler ultra sound for vascular assessment;
  • managing chest/mediastinal tubes;
  • managing continuous and intermittent bladder irrigations;
  • teaching pre- and post-op procedures
  • assessing IV lines (pheripherial, central).


Work Schedule: Shift, weekend and holiday rotation is required. Day/Evening rotation with 8 hour shifts

Preferred Experience: 1-2 years of acute care and/or telemetry nursing experience is preferred

Best Care / Best Careers

To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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