This position is located in Nursing Service, Boise VA Medical Center, Boise, ID. This position provides support to Veterans that are in need of long term or acute care nursing care. This is the full performance level for CNAs. CNAs at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care, and/or acute care Assists in the full range of nursing care to patients/residents with physical and/or behavioral problems while meeting their diverse needs based on age, culture, ethnic, spiritual, and war conflict group, in a hospital, long term care or outpatient setting under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or /Licensed Practical Nurse Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the individual Veteran's treatment plan Implements team decisions, reports outcomes, and participates in evaluation of outcomes Promotes and participates in unit performance improvement initiatives, identifies problems, collects data, and supports change Conducts self-assessment for continuous learning and growth seeking out educational opportunities and shares expertise with colleagues Knowledgeable of the disease processes and the approaches in caring for the cognitively impaired Veteran that are effective such as: empathy, calm approach, re-approach, re direction, and therapeutic activities Performs procedures to maintain proper nutrition, airway, circulation, elimination, muscle strength, neurological functions, and promotes AOL/hygiene protocols and documents care provided in the ADL note Meet the patient's needs for privacy. Ensures that patients are appropriately covered by clothing or bedding. Always closes the patient's door, curtains, and blinds to ensure privacy when providing direct patient care Follows the medical center policy for release of information and respects patient confidentiality Consistently performs a range of technical procedures including 12 Lead ECGs, blood glucose monitoring, phlebotomy, and straight catheterization per demonstrated competency/certification Performs a range of therapeutic procedures including wound and skin care, sterile dressings, and wound irrigations, according to procedure Incorporates Safe Patient Handling techniques into daily practice This includes but is not limited to SPH Algorithms and the utilization of SPH equipment per policy Understands and interprets routine instructions without further guidance from the charge nurse. Adapts standard medical techniques to the needs of the individual patient Follows unit Standard Operating Procedures to include but is not limited to: vital sign monitoring, l&O, death protocol and fall precautions Assists with transport of non-monitored patients as needed Stocks and makes ready supplies for the care of the patients such as lab and phlebotomy totes, blood glucose caddies, nurse servers, patient rooms, organizes and cleans supply room, organizes and puts back miscellaneous supplies, restocks blanket warmers and maintains temperature log, etc Work Schedule: 1900-0730; 80 hours per Pay period Mon-Fri. Compressed tours available. 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.