The Perioperative Registered Nurse (RN) in the Nursing and Patient Care Services is located in the main hospital in La Jolla. The RN uses the nursing process to develop individualized plans of care and to coordinate and deliver care to patients undergoing operative or other invasive procedures.
The Perioperative RN identifies patient needs, sets goals with patients, and implements nursing interventions and activities to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Addresses the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual responses of patients. Uses standards, knowledge, judgment, and skills based on scientific principles. Uses evidence as
the foundation for practice. Assumes responsibility for lifelong learning and accountable for adhering to established policies and procedures. This RN reports directly to the Operating
Functions in the role of circulator, scrub, pre-op holding, OR/SPS liaison, and/or charge nurse.
- Participates in ongoing quality improvement workplace activities as appropriate to the individual's position, education, and practice environment.
- Performs on-call duties.
- Applies the nursing process (assessment, diagnosis, outcome identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation) to all aspects of patient care.
- Participates in the Pre-Op Briefing 'Huddle'.
- Confirms availability of implants and special equipment prior to patient entering OR.
- Participates in the pre-op 'Time Out'.
- Communicates and anticipates the needs of the surgical team members (surgeons, anesthesia, residents, surgical technologists, etc.).
- Restrings instrumentation and pre-cleans Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) according to standard operating procedure.
- Checks the autonomic dysreflexia kit, crash cart, defibrillators, and temperature and humidity of rooms where sterile equipment is stored.
- Communicates with Escort and the Blood Bank for delivery, storage and return of blood and blood products.
- Performs duties of Service Leader/Alternate such as ordering supplies, instrumentation, etc.
- Strives to achieve certification in perioperative nursing.
- Maintains current knowledge of and adheres to AORN standards, recommended practices, guidelines, and position statements.
- Supervises allied health care providers and support personnel with appropriate authority.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the OR Nurse Manager.
Work Schedule: : . Full Time: 40 hours a week; Part-time: 20 hours a week; Intermittent: minimum of 8 hours per 2 week pay period. Overtime/Weekend/Holiday work maybe required to meet patient care needs. On Call is required. Specific working hours will be discussed during the interview
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Preferrerd Experience: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or enrolled in a BSN/Bridge program. Mandatory 2 years of current Operating Room experience circulating and scrubbing complex cases: Orthopedics, including Total Joints, Robotic procedures, Neurosurgery, Spine, General, GYN, ENT, Vascular and Urology. Cardiac Surgery experience a plus (CABG & Valves). ACLS AORN Specialty Certification: CNOR preferred.
Conditions of Employment
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement,
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.
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.
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.
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
Resume (Required for ALL applicants)
DD-214 (If applying as a Veteran)
Other Veterans Documents (If applicable - e.g. VBA Letter)
SF-15 (If Veteran claiming 10 point preference)
Non-Award SF-50 (Required for VA, other Federal Employees, and Reinstatement eligibles)
Schedule A Letter (If applying as a Schedule A applicant)
Transcripts (If using education to qualify)
In addition to the above documents, applicants may also submit the following:
Cover Letter (Optional)
OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment (Required if selected)
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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