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Vascular Access Registered Nurse - Intermittent

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Louisville
Posted on: December 5, 2019

Job Description:

The Vascular Access Registered Nurse will have advanced knowledge in the principles of intravenous therapy, human anatomy and physiology and infection prevention practices. They will possess excellent interpersonal skills and exhibits the ability to be self-directed and to perform independently.

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.The IV Access Nurse is responsible for working in close collaboration with physicians, residents and staff nurses to ensure and provide the most appropriate service for in-patients requiring venous access devices. The IV Access Nurse is responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing direct patient care. This nurse possesses specialized knowledge and skills regarding intravenous therapy procedures, practices and protocols. He/she is a specialist in IV therapy equipment and procedures, educates nursing staff about IV procedures and equipment use. The IV therapy nurse assures the compliance of practice & procedures with the INS standards of practice. The IV nurse acts as a consultant relative to IV techniques and equipment. Some of the responsibilities are listed below along and other duties as assigned:


  • Responds to all consultations for venous access nurse.
  • Screens those patients for appropriateness/need for a PICC and provides/places appropriate alternative IV access.
  • Inserts PICCs, midlines and USG PIV after completing training and PICC insertion competency.
  • Provides educations and problem solving strategies for the staff related to IV therapy in particular Peripheral intravenous (PIV) lines, midline catheters, PICC and central venous access devices.
  • Teaches PIV & CVC nursing orientation classes for new IV Access staff.
  • Formulates and assists others in the formulation of the written plan of care which reflects a synthesis of assessment data, etiology, diagnoses and unique patient/family needs and plans programs to improve the delivery of patient care
  • Completes a focused nursing assessment on patients as indicated. Systematically assesses current clinical practice as it affects individual and group of patients.
  • Provides, documents and reports patient care, initiates changes in clinical practice based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies.
  • Evaluates patient care and programs in an effort to improve the delivery of health care.
  • Projects a positive professional image.
  • Maintains acceptable attendance.


    Work Schedule: This is an intermittent position; employees will work various shifts on an"as needed" basis. Units are 24/7 so coverage is needed days, nights, weekends, and holidays.

    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    NOTE: This position is temporary, not to exceed 6 months, and may be extended at the discretion of the agency. Temporary employees are not entitled to benefits or shift differential pay.To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/03/2019.

    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.
    • Education: 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.
    • License: 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:


      • Five years of successful nursing experience with Vascular Access preferred
      • PICC, mid-line and USG PIV insertion experience strongly preferred
      • BSN preferred
      • BLS (AHA) required
      • CRNI or VA-BC certification preferred
      • ACLS (American Heart Association) 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 and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.


          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 potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, and pushing. Transferring patients, moderate lifting of 15-44 pounds, ability to distinguish basic colors and hearing without aids. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials.

Keywords: US Department of Veterans Affairs, Louisville , Vascular Access Registered Nurse - Intermittent, Healthcare , Louisville, Kentucky

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