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    Summary

    The duty station is the John Cochran Division; however, the duty station may be changed to one or multiple associated VAMC locations within the metropolitan St. Louis, MO area based on the needs of the medical center. This position is in the bargaining unit.

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    Responsibilities

    The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

    FUNCTION:

    Effectively uses the nursing process to care for patients with varying diagnosis. Develops skills to successfully assess and care for patients with end stage renal disease. This includes, but is not limited to hemodialysis and continuous peritoneal dialysis. Works with the interdisciplinary team to plan care and educate patients with renal disease. The incumbent is self-directed and can guide and evaluate support staff.

    DUTIES:

    The Hemodialysis nurse performs primary nursing duties for kidney disease patients, such as carrying out routine nursing assessments, determining risk factors that may affect the patient, educating the patient on his or her treatment, starting and monitoring dialysis, and administering transfusions where required. During dialysis, the nurse also checks on the function of the machine, the patient's vital signals, and ends the procedure at the appropriate time. For patients who require dialysis in their own homes, such as bed-ridden patients, the dialysis nurses are responsible for training other staff or family members in the proper usage of the dialysis machines and safety protocols. They also provide nursing support for patients both before and after renal transplantation, and determine dietary and medication requirements. More complex cases require the dialysis nurse to initiate end-of-life care and acute dialysis procedures, as well as working with multidisciplinary nursing and medical professionals. Work well independently and with a multidisciplinary team to care for the chronic and acute ESRD patient.

    Work Schedule: Applicant can work either 8 or 12 hour duty schedules; unit is open Monday - Saturday. however, the incumbent will be expected to be available for 24-hour on-call duty as needed.

    Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    00

  • Job family (Series)

    0610 Nurse

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