This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Nursing Care Activities: Personal Hygiene Tasks-1. Bathing 2. Oral Care/Denture Care 3. Nail Care 4. Shaving and hair care 5. General grooming, including skin care, maintain skin integrity/dressing application and changes as appropriate 6. Bed-making (unoccupied, occupied, surgical) Positioning and Movement of Patients 1. Maintain body alignment of patients 2. Position and turn patients (proper use of assistive devices) 3. Walking patients (proper use of assistive devices) 4. Range of motion (ROM) with patients 5. Transfer techniques (lifting, moving, transferring - use of all devices) 6. Caring for patients in restraints and protective devices/appropriate use of 7. Assists providers and nurses in positioning patients for bedside procedures Nutrition and Fluids 1. Preparing patients for meals 2. Assisting and feeding patients, noting training for special precautions 3. Checking and recording intake and output (I&O), including calorie counts 4. Reporting to RN if tube feeding or IV fluids are running low 5. Providing water, ice and snacks to patients Elimination 1. Observing, reporting and recording patient bowel and bladder function 2. Helping patients with bedpans and urinals 3. Dispose of patient body wastes appropriately Functional Statement Nursing Assistant GS-5 April 20214. Applies external urinary drainage devices (condom catheters) Emotional Support 1. Orients patient to the unit 2. Interacts with patients and families, helping them feel comfortable 3. Uses communication skill such as observing, listening, reflection, and identification of non-verbal messages to interact with patients; recognizes communication barriers Comfort, Safety and Rest 1. Washes hands appropriately before and after patient care 2. Follows Standard Precautions 3. Uses personal protective equipment as needed (gowns, gloves, goggles, masks, etc.) 4. Follows isolation procedures 5. Recognizes emergency situations, calls for help, initiates emergency procedures until help arrives and continues to be available to the response team until the emergency is resolved 6. Adheres to safety measures related to patients at risk for falling 7. Adheres to all facility safety regulations 8. Maintains a safe, clean, environment (patient room, storage areas, utility rooms, hallways) 9. Operates all equipment safely 10. Suicidal and Homicidal Ideation precautions implemented ( sweeping room and unit area of any potential items of danger); assists in initiation of and monitoring of patient with seclusion/behavioral management as directed, appropriate use and care of protective/restraint devices 11. Follows seizure precautions as indicated Privacy and Dignity 1. Uses privacy curtains and draping techniques with patients 2. Performs care of body after death 3. Maintains privacy and dignity of patients 4. Safe guards confidential patient information Procedures 1. Adjusts/applies/monitors appropriate oxygen delivery device 2. Applies oxygen head on new O2 tank or to wall in the patient room 3. Observes, reports and records drainage to the LPN/RN 4. Performs, records and reports blood glucose testing using the finger stick method at the bedside 5. Sets up/monitors/records suction canister /equipment/supplies in the patient room 6. Collects and delivers specimens, as directed 7. Applies cardiac monitor leads to the patient's chest/performs EKG as applicable by unit and competency 8. Turns on the bedside cardiac monitor Documenting and Reporting Activities: 1. Participates in nursing care planning by providing information received by the patient/significant other to the appropriate team members. 2. Record observations and treatments on the patients' record according to approved format 3. Reports changes in patients' condition to the appropriate team member. 4. Motivation/Patient Teaching Activities: Through emphasis on good health habits, the employee provides the needed impetus for participation in activities of daily living with the ultimate goal of achieving self-care status at the highest level of patient's capability. Work Schedule: Day/Night rotation 8hr shifts 7:30am-4pm, 11:30pm-8am, weekend and holiday rotation Telework: not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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