Registered Nurse - Iraq

Employer: CHSi
Location: Iraq
Job Description
NOTE: This is a notional position contingent upon position availability.
The Medical Services Support in Iraq (MSSI) Program Manager establishes a clinically safe and professionally managed healthcare environment and provides primary health care as well as resuscitative surgical care in accordance with U.S. or equivalent medical standards on a 24-hour basis, 365 days of the year to Chief of Mission (COM) personnel U.S. Embassy Baghdad, serving a population of approximately 14,000 adults.

The Operating Room/Medical Surgical Nurse (Nurse – Specialty) may be assigned to delivery health care and treat patients in one of two settings: (1) Small medical/trauma hospitals, (2) Large medical/trauma hospital. Nurses report to the MSSI Program Manager and are clinically supervised by the site medical director and work under the direction of a Physician, Surgeon, or Anesthetist.

The following specialties are covered by this Job Description:

· Operating Room (OR) Nurses Provides professional nursing care to patients undergoing surgery. Prepares and maintains operating room for all surgical procedures. Circulates and scrubs for surgical procedures. Responds to surgical emergencies such as cardiac, pulmonary, or respiratory failure and hemorrhage.

· Medical-surgical nurses provide health promotion and basic medical care to patients with various medical and surgical diagnoses;

All Nurses and specialty nurses will monitor the patient’s vital signs and communicate the information to Physicians (GMO). Duties will include getting supplies and equipment ready for procedures, studying and interpreting pre-surgical tests to determine how the anesthetic will affect the patient, and assuring that an adequate blood supply is on hand in case of an emergency. Specialty Nurses will also perform other tasks during these medical procedures, such as inserting artificial airways, administering oxygen, and attempting to prevent surgical shock. In addition, they may be required to assist with stabilization of patient and coordination of evacuation of patient to medevac center or CONUS.

Specialty Nurses will performs variety of professional duties involved in developing and delivering nursing services. Assists in planning, implementing and evaluating health maintenance and health education programs; contributes to the design of health controls and surveillance relative to toxic or hazardous conditions in the work environment.

All services shall be provided in accordance with established standards, principles and ethics of the profession, applicable professional specialty organizations, and the high-quality standard for which CHS is recognized.

This is a notional position based on anticipated future openings.

Practice their specialty based on demand in their work setting.
Promotes and restores patients’ health by completing the nursing process; collaborating with physicians and multidisciplinary professional staffs; providing physical and psychological support for patients, friends and families; supervising assigned team members.
Identifies patient care requirements by establishing personal rapport with potential and actual patients and other persons in a position to understand service requirements.
Establishes a compassionate environment by providing emotional, psychological, and spiritual support to patients, friends, and families.
Promotes patient’s independence by establishing patient care goals; teaching and counseling patient, friends, and family and reinforcing their understanding of disease, medications, and self-care skills; answering questions.
Assures quality of care by adhering to therapeutic standards; measuring health outcomes against patient care goals and standards; making or recommending necessary adjustments; following hospital and nursing division’s philosophies and standards of care set by state board of nursing; State Nurse Practice Act, and other governing agency regulations.
Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations; calling for assistance from health care support personnel.
Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols, medication administration and storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations.
Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records. Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential.
Ensures operation of medical and administrative equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment and techniques.
Maintains nursing supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies; using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.

All Health Care Providers (HCPs) will document care delivered and follow up care required.
Attends and participates in a variety of meetings and task force groups to improve quality and outcomes,, communicate issues, obtain approvals, resolve problems and maintain specific level of knowledge pertaining to new developments, new task efforts, and new policy requirements.
Maintains the highest regard for patient dignity and observe the precepts of the American Hospital Associations Bill of Rights for patients.

Required Skills


Current unrestricted state license as a Registered Nurse is required.

Membership in the Nursing Specialty professional association is desirable.

Bachelor’s degree in Nursing is desireable

A minimum of two (2) years experience in medical/surgical nursing is required.

All healthcare providers must have current clinical experience in direct patient care and have worked a minimum of 6 of the last 12 months in desired career field.

Maintain current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Nurses will require a favorably adjudicated Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) investigation conducted by the Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
Nurses will sign a CHS MSSI Foreign Service Agreement (FSA) and is bound to the terms and conditions of the FSA.
The normal workweek is established by the DoS Chief of Mission.
Shall be licensed in the United States
Participate in training, (including HIPAA training) that may be required by DOS or CHS prior to deployment to Iraq.
Must complete a Foreign Affairs Counter Terrorism training course prior to deployment to Iraq for work on the MSSI contract. Training will include: Combat First Aid, Weapons Familiarization, Defensive Tactics/Driving, IED recognition, Surveillance Detection and Hostage Survival and Personnel Recovery
Must have a valid, current U.S. Driver’s License
Must have a current U.S. Passport
All Nurses shall be proficient in the ability to speak, write and communicate in English.
All Nurses shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of basic word processing programs and the CHS Medical Management System software.

Note: CHS will provide institutional malpractice insurance as well as individual malpractice policies for Nurses, Physicians and other primary care providers.

Must be confirmed by a medical examination to be “medically and dentally fit” in accordance with DOS requirements for service in Iraq
Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment; travel in Iraq is required by surface or air;
The climate is desert-like, hot, and prone to dust storms.

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