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Vascular Access Nurse (PICC Nurse)

VA Medical Center


Location:
Houston, TX
Date:
03/30/2018
2018-03-302018-05-06
Categories:
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Case Manager
  • Nurse Manager
  • Infection Control
  • Operating Room/PACU
  • IV Therapy
  • Radiology
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  • Director of Nursing
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Job Details


Summary

Applications are now being accepted for the position of a Staff Nurse for the PICC TEAM under Interventional Radiology. The RN provides direct patient care effectively and efficiently to a patient team which may include patients with varied and complex needs. The RN assumes leadership roles with progressive responsibility including but not limited to participating in or leading unit and shared governance initiatives, serving as charge nurse or preceptor to students or new employees, and possibly contributing to service line or hospital wide initiatives.

We are looking for a perfect candidate to join our team who has Integrity, Independent Thinker, and Results Oriented.

The Vascular Access Nurse is a Registered Nurse who inserts and monitors PICC, Midlines and ultrasound guided IV's. Acts as a resource to staff regarding vascular access line therapy and IV assessment, products and procedures. Assists with difficult IV access when needed. This position may also perform chart audits, monitoring and follow-up with staff and physicians to ensure core measure compliance.

Candidate will be expected to participate in Daily Central Line audits, respond to VAT consults, insert PICC and Midlines, Ultrasound guided IV, Port- A- Cath Access/Deaccess, Catheter declotting, Peripheral IV insertion, maintenance of all central and vascular access as well as giving in-service, educate patient and staff nurses regarding CLABSI prevention.

Personal interviews will be conducted with the strongest candidates.

Work Schedule: 12 Hour Shifts; 7:30 am-8:00 pm including weekends/ holidays




Duties

1. Inserts PICC, Midlines, Access and tunneled Ports and PIV via ultrasound guidance and determines placement via ECG or x-ray follow-up with the radiologist and documents the procedure.

2. Assist staff by monitoring PICC lines, declotting, and discontinuing catheters with or without blood cultures. Perform weekly dressing changes and may assist staff with performing dressing changes.

3. Assists with peripheral IV insertions.

4. Plans, evaluates and implements interventions for solving IV related patient care problems.

5. Provide IV therapy and PICC instruction to staff, patients, families, students and physicians.

6. Participates in quality monitoring related to PICC lines insertions and ultrasound guided IV.

7. Performs other nursing duties including but not limited to assessment, sedation, IR procedures, recovery, patient education, patient follow up and other duties as necessary.

8. May provide staff education to include departmental education activities related to PICC and Midlines.

9. Maintains current knowledge of core measures and assist in performing chart audits, monitoring and follow-up with staff to ensure compliance when not performing IV therapy.

10. Keeps current on new advances in IV therapy. May assist with new product evaluation.

11. Demonstrates Customer Service standards (smiles and makes eye contact; greets each patient and visitor; seeks out patient and visitor contact; displays appropriate body language at all times; takes 5 minutes each day to go above and beyond for one patient or visitor; honors diversity

12. Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports all accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards. Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace.

13. Performs other duties as assigned.








graph of estimated pay ranges
$64,494

$122,231





Job Details



Application Open Date

3/30/2018



Application Close Date

4/12/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

None



Status

None




























  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section

    • Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

      Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

      This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

      It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

      This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

      United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

      Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

      If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.





  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section

    • Basic Requirements:
      • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
      • Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. OR The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
      • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
      Preferred Experience:

      Minimum three years of RN clinical experience in an acute care setting with strong IV skills.
      Must have one year of experience in placing PICC lines in an acute care setting.
      PICC insertion experience with Midline experience preferred.

      Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
      • Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
      • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
      • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
      • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
      • Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree.
      Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

      Physical Requirements:

      This position requires visual acuity (including depth perception), keen hearing (aide permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity in both hands. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (2-4 hours), standing (2-6 hours), stooping, sitting, bending, pulling (1-2 hours), and pushing (1-2 hours). lifting (>50 pounds), carrying (>50 pounds). Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Must be able to work closely with others, as well as protracted or irregular hours of work. Must be compliance with the use of ergonomic exercises and employee safety requirements.




  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section





  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section

    • All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/12/2018 to receive consideration.

      1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
      2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

      NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

      To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.




  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section

    • Series: 0610-Nurse


      Job Pay Type: Per Year


      Job Openings: 3


      Job Position: CBCR-10176756-18-CML




      1. Inserts PICC, Midlines, Access and tunneled Ports and PIV via ultrasound guidance and determines placement via ECG or x-ray follow-up with the radiologist and documents the procedure.

      2. Assist staff by monitoring PICC lines, declotting, and discontinuing catheters with or without blood cultures. Perform weekly dressing changes and may assist staff with performing dressing changes.

      3. Assists with peripheral IV insertions.

      4. Plans, evaluates and implements interventions for solving IV related patient care problems.

      5. Provide IV therapy and PICC instruction to staff, patients, families, students and physicians.

      6. Participates in quality monitoring related to PICC lines insertions and ultrasound guided IV.

      7. Performs other nursing duties including but not limited to assessment, sedation, IR procedures, recovery, patient education, patient follow up and other duties as necessary.

      8. May provide staff education to include departmental education activities related to PICC and Midlines.

      9. Maintains current knowledge of core measures and assist in performing chart audits, monitoring and follow-up with staff to ensure compliance when not performing IV therapy.

      10. Keeps current on new advances in IV therapy. May assist with new product evaluation.

      11. Demonstrates Customer Service standards (smiles and makes eye contact; greets each patient and visitor; seeks out patient and visitor contact; displays appropriate body language at all times; takes 5 minutes each day to go above and beyond for one patient or visitor; honors diversity

      12. Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports all accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards. Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace.

      13. Performs other duties as assigned.







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 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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