Part time RN Dialysis

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 11/01/2019
Description The Dialysis Nurse is accountable to the Nurse Manager, Dialysis section, Medicine Service Line, University Drive Division and is responsible for providing direct patient care.The major duties and responsibilities of the position are:
  • The incumbent will be expected to function in the role of a Dialysis Nurse in a chronic/acute setting
  • The incumbent will be expected to function as the Charge Nurse as needed
  • The nurse patient ration is 1:4 for chronic patients, 1:3 for chronic or acute inpatients in the Dialysis Unit and 1:1 for critical care treatments ( unless deemed safe to dialyze more than 1 patient - no more than 2- in the critical care area)
  • The incumbent will be assigned to the role of the Medical Instrument Technician (MIT) RN and these responsibilities include
  • Pre and post dialysis assessment and documentation of the MIT's patients, administration of medication for these patients and the management of complications
  • The incumbent will be oriented to and expected to document in the Dialysis Unit electronic record as well as the hospital based electronic record
  • The incumbent will be responsible for the management of the Baxter Phoenix machine and portable RO's including
  • Machine setup, tear down and disinfection protocols
  • Set up of the portable ROs with the Phoenix machine in the critical care areas
  • The incumbent will have a basic knowledge of the Central Water Purification (CWP) system with the ability to trouble shoot and disinfect the system
  • The incumbent will be responsible for caring for a peritoneal dialysis patient including the peritonitis protocol, cycler set up and documentation when the home dialysis nurses are not available
Work Schedule: This is a part time position with the incumbent working rotating tours 5:30 am to 4pm and 5am - 3:30 pm as needed.

The incumbent will be scheduled on call responsibilities that start at 4pm until 5:30 am the next morning week days and on weekends Saturday at 4pm until Monday morning at 5:30am. Rotating evenings, weekends, and holidays
On call responsibilities include:
-Emergent dialysis treatments in designated areas of the hospital that include specific rooms on the general floors and in all of the critical care areas.
-The completion any late treatments on scheduled call days

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Relocation Expenses: No
Recruitment Incentives: No
Telework Eligible: No
Education Debt Reduction Program: NoBasic 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:
  • BSN preferred.
  • 1-2 years of dialysis experience preferred.
  • Dialysis experience preferred
  • Critical care and or acute care experience preferred if the candidate does not have dialysis experience
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: Heavy lifting (30 pounds); heavy carrying (30 pounds); straight pulling (2-4 hours); pushing (2-4 hours); reaching above shoulders (1-2 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (4-6 hours); standing (4-6 hours); repeated bending (2-4 hours); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of color; hear (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.

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