This is a Clinical Nurse Coordinator (5W) job opportunity at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center. Acute Care is a phase of healthcare where the Veteran receives active, short-term treatment for a severe injury, episode of illness, urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery. The Acute Care Inpatient units are fast paced in providing services from admission to discharge. The care needs range from cardiac monitoring, medication adjustments, medical testing and/or interventions, stabilization of chronic conditions, life sustaining interventions and palliative care provided on a 24/7 basis. The Clinical Nurse Coordinator (CNC) provides clinical coordination and oversight for patient care including care transition, quality improvement, patient safety and nursing practice standards. The CNC is responsible for promoting patient safety, continuity/quality of care and the general well-being of the patient through collaboration s with physicians and ancillary services. The incumbent must successfully complete the approved Acute Care orientation process and maintain BLS and ACLS certification as well as annual telemetry monitoring competency through the VA Medical Center. She/he must demonstrate clinical competency of core and practice specific procedures/competencies according to the competency checklist for Acute Care. She/he must be able to perform required duties during emergencies including evacuation procedures, Safe Patient Handling and possess the ability to multi-task as well as respond to changing patient care needs simultaneously. The incumbent's responsibilities include but are not limited to: Applying the nursing process in providing care for clients with complex nursing needs and guiding and directing others who provide care by effectively prioritizing actual and potential needs. Providing care and education to the medical and surgical patients processed through Acute Care. Ensuring discharge planning is initiated at the time of the nursing assessment, reassessed, and revised throughout the patient's stay and ensuring patients receive and understand their written discharge instructions upon discharge. Initiating interdisciplinary projects to improve organizational care and using professional standards of care and practice to evaluate programs and services. Providing clinical coordination and oversight for patient care including care transition, quality improvement, patient safety and nursing practice standards. Providing nursing care and continuous assessment based on written nursing standards of care, policies, and orders by the provider; administering oral and intravenous medications as ordered by the provider; providing care for cardiac monitored patients per unit SOPs; promoting and maintaining effective pain relief, comfort management, and emotional comfort. Other duties include but are not limited to answering the unit phone lines, obtaining specimens, paging physicians and ancillary departments for services, reviewing physician orders, facilitating carrying orders out, printing lab labels and patient wristbands, taking verbal orders in emergencies, assisting with transportation, coordinating patient bed flow with the Bed Management Center (BMC), completing encounters, checking for expired supplies, and cleaning non-critical reusable medical equipment. This is a Bargaining Unit position. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:00AM-3:30PM (negotiable) 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.