Dialysis RNs - 0244
Job Opportunity at JIT Staffing LLC DBA

Posted on Aug 8

http://www.justintimestaffing.com/    512.623.7833

Location: Charleston, SC
Job Type: Contract
Job ID: W4139645

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, has a need for Registered Nurses (RNs) to provide temporary healthcare services during staffing shortages. Services shall be provided at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, 109 Bee Street, Charleston, SC  29401

RNs are required in the following units:  
  • Medical/Surgical, Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MICU/SICU), Behavioral Health, Dialysis and Emergency Department (ED) Medical/Surgical units service multiple providers, ordering treatments, phlebotomies, and medications for various medical or surgical disorders. Other requirements include an initial and ongoing physical, psychosocial assessment and emergent treatment as needed. Additional needs may be but not limited to leaving the clinical area for patient diagnostic testing, supplies, and/or performance management improvements and outcomes. The Dialysis clinic services patients with end stage renal disease who require hemodialysis treatments.  It is an outpatient patient clinic that provides hemodialysis for up to 30 chronic patients, as well as inpatients and ICU patients.  In addition to providing hemodialysis, the clinic also provides Iron infusions for patients being followed by the Nephrology Service.  
RNs shall provide coverage 8 or 12 hours per day (including Federal Holidays) for an undetermined length of time, not to exceed a 13-week period. 

Duties:
  • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care for a specific patient or group(s) of patients with attention to their physical and psychosocial needs.  Assesses and reports changes in the patient’s condition.
  • Provides emergency care as indicated and/or as needed.
  • Ensures continuity of care by collaborating with co-workers, reviewing pertinent patient information, conducting nursing rounds and conferences, and updating nursing plans of care.
  • Documents nursing care in the electronic record according to service standards which accurately reflects the patient’s condition and maximizes continuity of care efforts within the tour of duty.
  • Utilizes Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) to accurately document medications and follow-up effectiveness.
  • Performs treatments and procedures consistent with approved standards and the needs of individual patients in an organized, timely manner.
  • Fosters a holistic approach to patient care through collaboration with others during multidisciplinary rounds and then updating nursing plans to facilitate desired patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrates respect for the patient and family while administering nursing care and maintaining confidentiality of patient information.
  • Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job:
  • Ability to conduct a psychosocial and physical assessment
  • Understanding of adult learning principles
  • Venipuncture and blood drawing capability from various central venous lines
  • Application of sterile dressings, wet to dry dressing, medicated dressings (such as algiderm, colloids, betadine, etc.)
  • Application and monitoring of protective devices
  • Use of the pulse oximeter
  • Use of blood glucose monitoring equipment
  • Use of the “doppler”
  • Use of intravenous infusion pumps
  • Administration of various IV push medications per Center Policy Memorandum

All nurses shall have current Registered Nurse License.  The listed requirements below are considered the minimum qualifications for placement in each specialty assignment:

Dialysis:
  • Experience in the provision of dialysis services patients with end stage renal disease who require hemodialysis treatments.  
  • Must have a documented minimum of 2 years (24 months) working a Dialysis nursing assignment within an inpatient hospital environment within the past 5 years (60 months).
  • Must have BLS Certification.

Computer Program required: 
Experience in using Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) and Microsoft Office Package.

Work Environment:   
  • On a regular basis the work requires alternating between a contaminated environment and a controlled clean environment.
  • Possible daily exposure to blood and body fluids and exposure to items contaminated by patients with contagious diseases.
  • Employees must comply with safety and health precautions and use PPE (personal protective equipment).

 Physical Abilities Required:
  • The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. 
  • The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. 
  • There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. 
  • This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity.  
  • This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing.  Transferring patients and objects may be required. 
  • The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.
  • The incumbent will be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders.  
  • The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
  • Ability to lift, move, load and transport supplies weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to assist patients with movement and positioning.

Work Schedules: 
Work will be performed primarily on an 8 or 12-hour shift schedule based on established unit approved tours for that unit (0730-2000 or 1930-0800 or 0730-1600 or 1530-2400 or 2330-0800) with a 15 minute break for every 4 hours worked and a 30 minute break for lunch or dinner, to include Federal Holidays.  

FEDERAL HOLIDAYS: The ten holidays observed by the Federal Government are: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Veterans Day, Christmas Day and any other day specifically declared by the President of the United States to be a National Holiday.
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