The primary purpose of this position is to provide Health Care aid at the Health Care System, VISN, and facility levels. The Health Aid is responsible for delivering a broad array of health care services throughout the Medical Center and its various locations and is responsible for performing selected patient/resident related transports to different areas such as, X-Rays, CT Scan, MRI, Prosthetics, Sonography and other related areas. Provides a range of personal care as needed to include bathing, toileting, hair and nail care, and dressing in personal clothing. Uses and follows proper hand hygiene, universal precautions, and general infection control principles. Educates, role models, and assists inpatients/residents and families in adhering to infection control principles throughout the facility. Assists as needed with eating, drinking, positioning/turning, ambulating, transferring, and escorting inpatients/residents. Maintains general cleanliness of the inpatient/resident's environment including emptying and cleaning urinals, bed pans, GU bags and suction bottles, and disposing of dirty linen and disposable briefs. Provides postmortem care including care of the body, collecting personal effects, and transporting the deceased to the morgue. Utilizes specialized equipment such as ceiling lifters, Maxi lifters, wheelchair movers, and steady and electric stretchers according to Safe Patient Handling and Movement Policy. Takes/records vital signs and reports deviations to the Registered Nurse; takes, monitors, and documents resident weight/height; collects urine stool, sputum, and other specimens for laboratory analysis. Applies simple and complex sterile dressing, assists with inpatient/resident examinations, and performs simple treatments such as hot and cold soaks, hot and cold packs, topical medications, foot soaks, sitz baths, etc. Escorts inpatients/residents to recreation therapy programs as needed. Applies prosthetic devices; prepares inpatient/resident with adaptive equipment as needed for therapies such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, kinesiotherapy, and recreation therapy. Establishes and promotes effective interpersonal relationships and communications with inpatient/residents, families, and others. Responds to inpatient/residents' family member's, visitors', and co-worker's requests for assistance promptly and in a friendly, cooperative manner. Listens to all customer feedback and acts to resolve complaints within his/her control. Obtains equipment and supplies and assists the Registered Nurse and/or medical provider(s) when appropriate. Participates in planning inpatient/resident's care by contributing relevant information about the inpatient/resident's status and progress. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Rotational Position Description Title/PD#: Health Aid/ PD#99917-A Physical Requirements: Duties require extensive periods of standing and walking. Working with residents requires regular and recurring bending, lifting (not to exceed 35 pounds), reaching, carrying, stooping, stretching and similar activities. Care duties are performed in an inpatient/resident-centered environment requiring normal safety precautions. Due to the essential functions of the job, the employee may be exposed to infectious waste, disease, odors, and other situations associated with health care, including but not limited to, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, MRSA, and VRE. Universal precautions are followed at all times. While if completing kitchen responsibilities may be exposed to temperatures of refrigerators/freezers and ovens, as well as wet floors.
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.