A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive has been approved for this position for highly qualified candidates. The registered nurse provides care to veterans at the Muskogee Veterans Affairs Health Care System (EOVAHCS). This is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility with service-lines serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients, with a Level III Emergency Department, and multiple community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC). A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive has been approved for this position for highly qualified candidates. **This vacancy announcement has been extended to close on June 16, 2021.** The practice of Medical-Surgical Nursing requires specialized knowledge and clinical skills to manage actual or potential health problems that affect individuals, their significant other(s), and the community. Medical-Surgical Nurses provide care in a variety of settings with an understanding that the client is the fundamental and central focus in the delivery of nursing care and are committed to assisting the client in achieving the optimal level of function. The planning and implementation of nursing actions are directed toward promoting a continuum of wellness preventing disease and complications, arresting further disease and dysfunction, assisting with rehabilitation, and/or assisting clients through a comfortable and dignified end-of-life experience that aligns with personal beliefs. The client is viewed as unique and multidimensional, with complex needs across all developmental stages. This view of the client is considered during every phase of the nursing process to guarantee the development of a personalized plan of care. The Medical-Surgical Nurse possesses specialized knowledge and is skilled in assessing, diagnosing, and treating actual or potential alterations in functional ability and lifestyle and in evaluating the outcomes from those efforts. The goal of Medical-Surgical Nursing is to assist clients in promoting, restoring, or maintaining optimal health. It is the responsibility of individual Medical-Surgical Nurses to read, understand, and identify practice parameters in accordance with state nurse practice acts, professional codes, professional practice standards, and their own personal competencies. Nurses are obliged to provide comprehensive and compassionate end-of-life care. This includes recognizing when death is near and conveying that information to families. Nurses should collaborate with other members of the health care team to ensure optimal symptom management and to provide support for the patient and family. Nurses and other health care providers have a responsibility to establish decision-making processes that reflect physiologic realities, patient preferences, and the recognition of what, clinically, may or may not be accomplished. Establishing goals of care for this patient at this time may provide a framework for discussion about what care should be provided. This process often involves collaboration with experts in decision-making, such as ethics committees or palliative care teams. Strive to attain a standard of primary palliative care so that all health care providers have basic knowledge of palliative nursing to improve the care of patients and families. All nurses will have basic skills in recognizing and managing symptoms, including pain, dyspnea, nausea, constipation, and others. Work Schedule: Various shifts to meet the needs of the department. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.