The Nursing Assistant performs nursing procedures and duties on an assigned patient area and has special responsibilities with his/her principal patients, using a team nursing approach in providing holistic care. He/she functions independently under the purview of the Unit Manager/Assistant Unit Manager or designee. The Nursing Assistant: Provides direct patient care to complex Veterans as assigned including all aspects of personal care and grooming. Assists the RN, LPN, and other members of the interdisciplinary team with providing input in the development of the care plan, based on the Veteran's care needs. Performs support duties for diagnostic procedures, which include preparing the Veteran and monitoring the Veteran's condition. Makes observations of changes in patient's condition, i.e., escalating behaviors, mood, skin integrity, vital signs, appetite, skin coloration, bowel and bladder control, hydration, etc. and reports to charge nurse. Performs procedures and complex medical nursing care treatments under the direction and supervision of the RN according to policies and standard procedures to care for the Veteran for such procedures but not limited to: All GS-3 and GS-4 level skills, skin care including massage and dressings, application of braces, splints and prosthetic devices, insertion of indwelling catheters, bladder scanning, 12 lead EKGs, Sterile tracheostomy suctioning, and additional duties as assigned. Promotes Veteran participation in the therapeutic community by fostering self-reliance and independence. Participates in maintaining a clean and safe environment Removes defective equipment and reports safety hazards immediately Utilizes lift equipment appropriately and safely to promote patient transfers, uses proper body mechanics. Maintains aseptic technique when performing specified procedures. Promotes the values of cultural transformation, Pathways to Excellence, and Patient centered care to nursing staff in CLC. Actively seeks Veteran preferences in care plan participation and goal development. Offers suggestions to improve the Veteran's Activities of Daily Living (ADL) functions and quality of life. This would include suggestions for restorative or rehabilitative care. Supports and enhances Veteran self-determination; treats the Veteran with dignity and respect. Consistently follows policies, SOPS, and procedures applicable to reusable medical equipment (RME) and infection control. Reports required information for hand-off communication to charge nurse and co-workers, including to other members of the interdisciplinary team and other applicable staff and departments, and completes the necessary documentation for these duties. Communicates effectively with others involved in the Veteran's care. Under the direction of the RN, the NA educates Veterans on their care needs as appropriate to NA skill level. Communicates professionally and courteously with families and significant others, as appropriate. Completes all assigned routine documentation in CPRS, Care Tracker, and other areas as required. Monitors Veterans for risk behaviors including, but not limited to, elopement, wandering, suicide, fall, behavior, and skin conditions; taking action, when indicated, to include: communicating to appropriate personnel when further intervention is needed and completing necessary documentation. Exercises skill in influencing and communicating with unusually difficult to care for Veterans and communicates appropriately with family members. This includes the ability to effectively deal with the unit Veterans with various medical, cognitive, and psychiatric conditions. Responds during emergencies, assists during fire drills, and responds to any safety issues as they arise. Demonstrates self-direction in applying knowledge of fire, safety, and disaster regulations' practices and procedures, and communicates expectations to staff. Communicates supply needs to appropriate staff, when indicated. Uses proper body mechanics and safe lifting equipment, including personal protective equipment (PPE) that promote a safe workplace. Encourages other staff compliance with safety policies. Attends interdisciplinary team meetings and contributes to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Veteran's treatment plan. Participates on committees/ task forces, research projects, or in developing educational materials/media when requested. Participates in quality improvement activities. Under the direction of the RN, the NA assists with discharge planning needs of Veterans, as well as the transfer of Veterans to more appropriate levels of care. Actively seeks educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills. Completes mandatory education and BLS requirements in a timely manner Maintains required health screening annually. Work Schedule: All Shifts, including weekends and holidays (Day shift requires rotation to either evenings or nights); Confirm shift availability with the hiring manager at the time of interview. 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.