Nursing Assistants function as a member of the nursing care team, able to mentor others members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other patients/residents who are in acute, subacute, or chronic states of illness. The Nursing Assistant (NA) demonstrates compassionate care while assisting multi-disciplinary providers and licensed nursing staff in our Nursing Service unit within the medical center. The Nursing Assistant role involves personal care duties such as bathing, dressing, shaving and feeding patients, as well as oral care and other personal hygiene activities. The Nursing Assistant also assists patients ambulating in and out of bed which may require the use of lifting equipment and /or assist devices. The Nursing Assistant will also provide assistance with ambulation and transportation of patients throughout the various clinical areas within the facility In all work environments, Nursing Assistants are expected to answer patients' calls for help, take vital signs, weighs and monitors patients for changes in their condition either behavioral and/or physical. All Nursing Assistants work under the supervision of a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse to whom they are responsible for reporting any issues or changes involving the patient and/or his/her care. As a valued member of the nursing team, The Nursing Assistant is expected to assist in the maintenance of the environment of care by performing duties such as the stocking/ restocking of the patient care area including storerooms, cleaning patient rooms, changing laundry hampers and assisting with minor medical procedures. Recognizes early signs/symptoms and risk factors for suicide and disruptive behaviors and demonstrates effective strategies to reduce crisis situations. Monitors Veterans requiring a higher level of observation, completes observation rounds, environment of care rounds, documents all activities, and notifies RN of any variance noted. Completes Veterans belongings and valuables inventory on admission. Additionally, the Nursing Assistant will provide point of care testing including finger stick glucose, diabetic food checks and EKGs. The Nursing Assistant may apply protective and supportive devices; set up and give treatments. The NA records in the medical record vital signs, weights I&Os, blood sugars, observations and patient behaviors; may insert straight or indwelling catheters. The incumbent will report and record in the medical record the patient's condition, observations, care and treatment given. He/she may apply complicated sterile and non-sterile dressings and provide other wound care as needed. Work requires extensive periods of standing and walking; must have the manual dexterity and skills to perform personal care needs; regular and recurring stooping, lifting, bending, pushing, turning, stretching, and sometimes carrying heavy patient loads. Work Schedule: All tours with weekend rotation. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Internal Number: 599185900
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.