The Nursing Assistant (NA) is a member of the Acute Care Team, providing assistance to the physician, nurse manager, registered nurse, and other team members during diagnostic examinations or medical treatment procedures as part of the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The Nursing Assistants are involved in a variety of personal care, nursing care, or related procedures that do not require the knowledge and skills represented by the licensure of practical nurses. Recruitment Incentives are being offered for this job announcement, If you are interested in the Recruitment Incentive you must request this upon receiving the Tentative Job Offer due to timing for routing purposes. Major Duties: A. Participates in activity and actions to improve the quality of care for veteran patients to include fall and pressure sore prevention; that includes learning to implement the organization's prevention guidelines on falls and pressure sores, and the veteran's specific plan of care. B. Employee adheres to responsibility of timely maintenance of all education required, including: TMS, BLS, HIPPA and Privacy training. C. Assists patients in personal hygiene, rest and eating. Feeds and bathes patients who require assistance. Helps patients in and out of bed, and with mobile devices. Instructs and assists patients in the skills necessary to gain independence in activities of daily living. D. Contributes to a safe, clean, clutter-free and therapeutic environment for patients and staff. Follows Medical Center and Nursing Service policies and procedures. Provides care to patients in isolation and patients on chemotherapy precautions. Maintains privacy of patient and staff. E. Under the supervision of the License Practicing Nurse (LPN) and/or RN, performs a variety of general nursing duties including measurement and recording of vital signs, EKGs, weight, height, intake and output, post-mortem care, simple treatments such as hot and cold packs, changes clean or sterile dressings, applies external catheters and gives catheter care. F. Maintains oxygen therapy as directed by the RN, assignment or written care plan, to include management and operation of oxygen tanks. Performs assistive cough and deep breathing exercises. G. Under the supervision of the LPN and/or RN, performs and/or instructs patients in learning range of motion exercise, turning and positioning, ambulation and other routine care procedures. H. Under the supervision of the LPN and/or RN, collects specimens such as urine, sputum and stool. Labels specimens for laboratory examinations according to facility policy and procedure. Performs blood glucose testing as appropriate. Cleans and maintains equipment with appropriate RME disinfectant. I. Initiates Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation in accordance with established Medical Center policy and initiates other emergency procedures as necessary, including fire and disaster. Demonstrates safe body mechanics. J. Observes and reports patient's physical and mental status, reporting unusual changes to the RN. Reports information obtained from patients and or family and participates in developing a plan of care. Assists with admission, discharge and transfer of patients. K. Performs other assignments designated by the nurse in charge that are essential to the care of patients and appropriate to his/her level of training. Work Schedule: To be determined by unit needs, 24 hour unit. 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.