The primary purpose of the Nursing Assistant (NA) position is to assist licensed nursing staff in the care of residents/Veterans as a member of the nursing care team by providing Cultural Transformation and holistic resident-center care in a manner conducive to comfort and safety in the Community Living Center (CLC) at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center. Assist in the full range of nursing care for residents with physical, mental health, dementia, and/or behavioral problems in a rehabilitation, long term care, and hospice setting. Under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Practical Nurse, work is assigned by defining objectives, priorities and deadlines. Provide daily living activities such as assisting residents with daily oral care (dentures, tooth brush), hair grooming, bathing, pericare, dressing, nail, and other related hygiene care. Set up, serve, and assist residents with eating and maintain a home like environment for dining. Turn, move, and transfer residents with appropriate technique and lifting assistance devices (the CLC is equipped with lifting devices that are mandatory to use). Prepare and transports residents as needed for tests or discharge. Assist with restorative, rehabilitation, and activity programs that increase quality of life for each resident. Notify nursing of any physical or behavior changes. Document these changes using proper documentation forums. Use computer, computer programs, phone, photo-copy and fax machines. Conduct other duties as required to provide resident with quality care outcomes. Assist with a complete range of treatment and procedures that include but is not limited to the following: vital signs, administering hot and cold packs; accucheks; inserting Foley catheters; caring for residents in isolation; BVI; colostomy care; application of EKG leads. Perform a range of diagnostic support duties which includes taking, recording, and reporting deviations in vital signs, taking specimens, labeling specimens for the laboratory, and assisting the doctor in a variety of diagnostic exams. Consistently makes gross accurate observations of the resident's condition and reports and documents findings. Identify and report to nursing, the resident's physical and emotional reactions to medical treatment and nursing care. Verbally provide resident information to the licensed staff for inclusion in the nursing care plan. Enter information about the resident's condition and care in the resident's written and/or electronic records following Patient Care Services (PCS) and CLC policies. Communicate effectively with residents, families, interdisciplinary team members and other staff personnel. Act in a professional manner as a role model for peers. Serve as a preceptor to new CNAs by assisting with employee orientation and overseeing/assessing their practical experience while in a clinical setting. Communicate tactfully and effectively, both orally and in writing, in order to meet CLC objectives. This may include preparing reports in various formats and presenting data to the supervisor. Utilize population, cultural, age-specific communication techniques to provide effective communication with CLC residents and visitors who may be geriatric. Ability to complete tasks thoroughly and independently with little direct supervision (this includes the ability to organize work, follow instructions, write and type legibly and accurately). Instruct residents on the residents role in various tests, such as x-rays, covering information previously supplied by the doctor or nurse. Instructs resident on the set up and purpose of treatment supported by auxiliary equipment such as oxygen and suction. Supports resident teaching based on evidence-based, general information covered with the resident previously by either the doctor or nurse. Utilize resident teaching opportunities with awareness of medical treatment goals. Identify teaching needs and institute approaches to meet these. Recognize and react to emergent resident care situations and intervene while waiting for assistance. For example, recognize the need for basic life support, control bleeding and assist with behavior crisis, etc. Provide restorative care and therapeutic activities based on the Community Living Center's Restorative Care Program. Restorative Care refers to nursing interventions that promote the residents ability to adapt and adjust to living as independently and safely as is possible. This concept actively focuses on achieving and maintaining optimal physical mental, and psychosocial functioning. Conduct therapeutic activities as identified by the Restorative RN, PT/OT, and interdisciplinary team. Document completion of activities in an appropriate manner. Conduct work as assigned for the improvement of Resident Centered Care. Provide recreational activity assistant duties that enhance the ability of the CLC to provide quality resident centered care. Participate in mandatory education classes. Display courteous verbal and non-verbal communication to residents, staff, and visitors. Work Schedule: 12 Hour Variable days 0700-1930 (may include weekends & holidays) 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.