A recruitment/relocation incentive is authorized for this position. The Long Term Care Units of the VA Illiana HCS offer long term care to residents with a variety of chronic illnesses. Additionally, residents may be offered rehabilitation, as well as temporary placement if they are unable to return to their homes. The skilled units provide care to residents with acute and chronic medical, as well as surgical diagnoses. The majority of these residents have complex needs requiring skilled nursing assessment and resident monitoring and IV infusions. The CLC also provides palliative and hospice care, offering comfort rather than cure to the residents with extensive disease that is life-limiting. The focus for end of life care is pain control, symptom management and relief of suffering. In addition, nursing staff provide spiritual and emotional support to both residents and families. Tasks are as follows, (but not limited to): Responsible for administering, monitoring, documenting and evaluating therapeutic interventions and regiments specific to long term and hospice/palliative care residents. Provides guidance and education to patients and caregivers and collaborates with other professionals at all levels, including but not limited to : Social Workers, Pharmacists, Radiology Staff, Laboratory Staff and the other Nurses and Physicians on the various clinical treatment teams. Collaborates with Community Living Center (CLC) interdisciplinary team to promote resident-centered care and provide a home like environment for long term care and hospice/palliative care residents. Identifies physiological, psychological, social and environmental variable affecting the functional status of the older adult and hospice/palliative care patient. Identifies current coping mechanisms and support systems and their effectiveness. Anticipates possible discharge needs and assists patient/significant others and multidisciplinary team in achieving goals for discharge. Documents on approved VA forms/computer programs. Plans and directs nursing care of long term and hospice/palliative care patients admitted to the Community Living Center. Plans interventions which promote health, self-determination and dignity at the end of life. Develops teaching plans based on assessment of individual needs. Provides individualized instruction or directs staff in teaching specific content/skill to adult geriatric and hospice patients/significant others. Responsible for attending in-services and continuing education activities and continued progression in knowledge and skills in long term care and palliative care. Work Schedule: Part time - 40 hours per two week pay period Weekend, holiday and off tours required Nights 11:30pm - 8:00am 8 hour shifts are available 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.