The incumbent will be given assignments as a member of the nursing care team and assists licensed nursing staff in the care of patients/residents receiving preventive, acute, sub-acute chronic, maintenance, and hospice care. The distinguishing factor is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. Duties include but are not limited to: Utilizing glucose monitoring machine to receive glucose readings for Veterans and referring deviations to appropriate health care staff Providing direct care for complex Veterans Making observations of subtle changes in resident's condition, i.e. behavior shifts, mood, skin coloring, appetite, etc., and taking action accordingly within the NAs assigned role Documenting care given, observations, and responses on appropriate tools or forms. Responding appropriately to subtle patient changes by contacting the appropriate nursing personnel Administering complete tracheostomy care, including suctioning Monitoring and documenting patient intake and output, and reporting deviations timely and accurately Performing nursing procedures within scope of practice and according to policies and standard procedures to care for the Veteran for procedures such as: enemas, catheterization, colostomy care, skin care simple dressing, and application of braces and prosthetic devices Working on small group activities with Veterans/residents according to the individual treatment plan Recognizing the residents' autonomy and promoting independence by means of respect, limit setting and individualized treatment Actively participating in Treatment Planning Meetings- Utilizing equipment to promote Veteran self-care, such as: lift equipment, hydro sound tubs, and Veteran/Resident Wandering System Verbally providing patient information to the treatment team for inclusion in the Veteran/resident plan of care and participating in treatment team meetings for resident care planning Entering information about the residents' condition in the chart, utilizing appropriate formats Participating in the maintenance of a clean and safe environment for Veteran care Removing defective equipment, reporting hazards, observing safety regulations, contributing to infection control, and utilizing proper aseptic technique in performance of duties Serving as the unit safe patient handling liaison Serving as preceptor and mentor to other NAs Orienting members of the health care team to the units as appropriate Functioning as a member of the Unit Based Council (UBC) Managing disruptive patient behavior and appropriately Intervening and requesting assistance from other health care members Appropriately initiating basic life support and taking appropriate action Work Schedule: Days, Evenings or Nights, with rotating weekends. Days: 0600-1430 Evenings:1400-2230 Nights: 2200-0630 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.