This position provides technical nursing care to adult and geriatric residents according to a plan of care established by a Registered Nurse (RN) who is responsible for the assigned resident's care. The NA performs basic nursing care according to standards of care, policies and procedures and assists providers and nurses in the performance of diagnostic examinations. Duties include, but aren't limited to: Explains procedures to residents, using language which they understand and displaying consideration of individual resident needs. Ensures that the physical and emotional environment is consistent with safe resident centered care. Maintains self-control and responds consistently to the requirements of the work situation, shows flexibility. Acts as a role model to peers. Maintains a positive attitude in accepting temporary reassignment to meet resident care needs. Responds to residents calls for assistance promptly and interacts with the resident in a tactful, courteous manner, making customer service the focus of all interactions. Responds respectfully to administrative staff and to all other members of the health care team. Communicates, shares resources, and works effectively with other members of the health care team, unit staff, residents, family/significant others, other departments, and visitors. Provides emotional support to residents, and families/significant others to assist them in adjusting to changes brought about by illness or change in health status. Fosters an environment of respect for individual resident and family/significant other rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Serves as Veteran's/family/significant other advocate and effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with residents, family members, and/or internal/external customers and demonstrates resident-centered care. Administers complete personal care to Veterans 18 years through the geriatric years who exhibit acute symptoms and whose activity may be severely restricted. These Veterans have unique age related and gender specific structural and functional changes that effect their response to assistance and care. This care will include, but is not limited to, restorative care, hygiene, assistance with ADL's, elimination and nutrition. Assists with procedures and completes treatments according to policy, i.e. warm and cold applications, glucometer testing, skin agents, and oral pharyngeal suctioning. Collects routine specimens of sputum, feces, urine, wound drainage and gastric contents for evaluation in the clinical laboratory using blood and body fluid precautions. Provides charge nurse or RN with pertinent data related to care provided, changes in condition and interventions initiated. Documents care provided including subtle changes and therapeutic measures administered and the resident's response through subjective and objective observations. Responds appropriately to emergency situations including cardiopulmonary arrest, choking, and disaster or fire drills. Appropriately initiates emergency response teams. Organizes, plans, implements and completes resident care assignment in a timely manner and once completed, takes the initiative to assist others. Attends/escorts residents to various appointments on station. Orients residents to the unit/neighborhood. Sets up for and performs treatments that requires auxiliary equipment, for example: oxygen and spirometry. Provides range of motion exercises for dependent patients/residents at least once per shift.' Adheres to and appropriately utilizes the Safe Patient Handling. Lifts, transfers, and repositions residents safely, according to policy and procedure, seeking assistance when appropriate, to prevent injury to the resident and self. Provides competent care which is safe for both self and others under adverse conditions, including resident care situations, exposure to communicable diseases, exposure to constant noise and working protracted or irregular hours. Consistently follows environmental policies and procedures. Supports and actively participates in Long Term Care initiatives. Work Schedule: Rotation of evening and night shifts. Evenings: 3:30pm-midnight, Nights: midnight - 8:00am Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. 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.