This position is located in the Operative Care Line at the Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center. This position is responsible for providing pre-op assessments, screens, and tests to evaluate the patient's readiness for the ordered procedure and provide patient education; prepare the patient pre-operatively for the scheduled procedure. Incumbent also provides also provide post recovery (Level 1and level 2) nursing care, education and follow up instructions. The Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists licensed nursing staff in the care of patients/residents receiving preventive, acute, sub-acute chronic, maintenance, and hospice care. The distinguishing factor is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. The NA at this level also assumes a peer education/mentorship. Duties include, but not limited to the following: Performs basic nursing care with dignity and respect by involving patients in their plan of care (Activities of Daily Living) 2. Takes vital signs (pulse, respirations, blood pressure, temperature, and pain), height and weight Measures intake and output and documents in patient record Suctioning nasal/oral cavity Bathing (bed bath, partial bath, tub, shower, foot bath, sitz bath) Observe and reports signs of skin breakdown to RN/LVN Transfer assistance (bed to chair, chair to bed, etc.) Blood Glucose testing Collection of specimens: urine, sputum, emesis, and feces. Urine Glucose testing Complex dressing changes Colostomy wound skin care & application of appliances Sets up suctioning equipment Incentive Spiro meter and observe and document patients response Application of ice packs and K-thermia pads Hypo-, hyperthermia equipment Oxygen equipment set up and including portable oxygen tank Foley catheter care Application and reapplication of restraints and prosthetic devices according to approved protocols, ordered by provider and as the last option Insertion of Foley catheter and Foley care/maintenance Apply Foley bag covers when in use at all times Observe and report skin condition for patients in restraints and report to RN/LVN Performs designated basic treatments and procedures as specific to work area Tracheal suctioning of patients as per unit protocol Application of Sequential Compression Devices (SCD) Correct insertion of urinary catheters and irrigation procedures Assisting patients with ambulation, range of motion exercises, and other rehabilitative and restorative aspects of nursing care Correctly administers suppositories as a part of an established bowel training program under the supervision of an RN/LVN (SCI,TCC,IMC) Completes assigned interventions in the given time frame. Assess residents using appropriate nursing practice skills. Reports and documents changes in resident's conditions according to accepted Medical Center Policy. Alters planned interventions when indicated based on changes on resident condition. Evaluates and documents resident responses to interventions Must be able to work cohesively with team members Must be able to accept delegation Must be collegial Work Schedule: 8:00 AM -4:30 PM; Monday-Friday with rotational shift 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM Compressed/Flexible: No Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant (Surgery Clinics) Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.