This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Dialysis Staff Nurse is responsible for using the nursing process to deliver knowledgeable, safe, and quality care focused on the health needs of individuals and their families who are experiencing the impact of acute or chronic renal failure. Duties include but are not limited to: Performs the appropriate documentation that reflects assessment of patient needs, interdisciplinary treatment plans, provides instruction of dialysis related material to the patient and their families, plans clinical interventions, and evaluates patients' responses to treatments. Demonstrates positive effective communication skills and professional behaviors that promote cooperation and teamwork with internal and external customers. Collects health data to make a nursing assessment before the initiation of dialysis on all assigned patients. Reviews and verifies treatment orders and medications. Knowledgeable and competent in the initiation of the hemodialysis treatment including competency in machine preparation and mandatory pre-treatment safety checks. Knowledgeable and skilled in the assessment and care of the dialysis vascular access. Monitors the patient throughout treatment and uses critical thinking skills to manage intradialytic changes in patient condition. Knowledgeable and competent in dialysis water quality standards set forth by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and VHA guidelines. Is knowledgeable in dialysis quality metrics and participates in all quality improvement projects as assigned. Complies with infection control practices, such as hand washing and wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment. Practices independently when called in for acute dialysis in the critical care units. Preferred Experience: One year of dialysis experience preferred. Work Schedule: Monday-Saturday, 4 Days per Week, 6:00AM-4:30PM Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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