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Registered Nurse (RN) - Denver, Colorado - Med Surg

Company: VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System - Denver VA
Location: Denver
Posted on: November 19, 2023

Job Description:

Registered Nurse (RN) - Denver, Colorado

VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package:

The Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D) RN practices in the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Service. This is a SCI/D center that specializes in: 1) efficient delivery of rehabilitation; 2) sustaining medical and surgical care; 3) patient and family education; 4) psychological, social, and vocational care; 5) research; 6) education; and 7) professional training in the continuum of care for persons with SCI/D. Patient populations served include: a full range of care for all enrolled Veterans who have sustained a spinal cord injury or have a stable neurologic impairment of the spinal cord. Typical patient populations served include: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS); Multiple Sclerosis (MS); as outlined by SCI/D VHA Handbooks and Directives. These patient populations are likely to present with complex conditions that may require acute stabilization; acute and sub-acute rehabilitation; acute and sub-acute medical and surgical care; preventative care; respite care; hospice care, as appropriate. The SCI RN is accountable when assigned as a primary nurse for a defined group of patients for the entire episode of care or shift. Based on education and
experience, may be assigned responsibilities as preceptor, charge nurse, or unit shift leader. The SCI RN provides age-specific care for adult (I 8-64), older adult (65-74) and geriatric (over 75) patients who have sustained damage to the spinal cord throughout the continuum of their lifetime, which incorporates stabilization after injury, rehabilitation, unrelated medical/surgical conditions, health maintenance and long term follow-up of the injured individual, as well as psychosocial support including the family of significant others. The SCI RN promotes achievable independence and adjustments conducive to health, assisting the patients and their families to look beyond the disability. Their supportive interventions reduce the stigmas of disability and help individuals reestablish and maintain control over all aspects of their lives. The SCI RN collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to promote efficient, effective, individualized care to assist the patient in achieving optimal function and health. Members of the interdisciplinary team vary depending on the needs of the patients. The SCI Nurse promotes the VA Mission, Core Values, Strategic Goals and Objectives. Additionally, the SCI RN upholds the Mission of the Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders program in VA: To support and maintain the health, independence, quality of life, and productivity of Veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders throughout their lives.

The RN

  • applies the nursing process to systems or processes to improve care
  • demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care
  • supports and enhances client self-determination
  • serves as a resource for clients and staff in resolving ethical issues
  • identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues taking appropriate action
  • acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in areas of practice
  • participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance
  • evaluates practice of self and others using professional standards, relevant statutes, and regulations, and takes action to improve performance
  • uses the group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems
  • educates colleagues and/or students and serves as a preceptor and/or mentor
  • initiates/participates in quality improvement activities that result in improved outcomes
  • uses a body of research to validate and/or change work group practice.


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    Permanent Change of Station (PCS)

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