The Community Living Center is a 66-bed facility that provides long term care, hospice, palliative care, rehab, and extended care services to eligible veterans within an Interdisciplinary environment. Three (3) distinct neighborhoods make up the CLC: a 10-bed Hospice Unit, and a 66-bed combination Long Term Care/Short Stay Unit/Rehabilitation. The program is designed to provide optimal comprehensive resident care within available resources and is consistent with the Medical Center and Nursing Service mission, philosophy, and goals. The length of stay for veterans in the unit may range from a few days to several years. The length of stay is determined by the individual needs of the veteran, potential for rehabilitation, and availability of resources for discharge to the least restrictive environment. Discharge planning and patient/family education is initiated upon admission and continues throughout the patient's stay in the CLC. The CLC has an interdisciplinary team that includes staffing representing Nursing, Dietary, Social Work, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nurse Practitioners, and Physicians. The interdisciplinary team meets each week to discuss care planning and needs of patients. Nurses are competent in the management of patients with complex diseases such as Diabetes, CHF, COPD, Cancer, and Dementia. Staff receives education in other areas, including pain management and end of life care. Four Most Common Resident Problems Requiring Nursing Care:1. Respiratory Problems2. Unrelieved Pain3. Acute Change in Consciousness4. Hospice- Care Major responsibilities and duties may include but are not limited to the following: Honoring resident choice and promoting a home like environment when providing care such as feeding, bathing, dressing, positioning, and transferring. Obtaining vital signs and capillary blood glucose results. Performing procedures such as enemas, wound care, tube feedings and suctioning. Assisting with examinations and medical procedures such as preparing and positioning the resident, obtaining equipment and supplies and removing used equipment and supplies. Applying creams, lotions, and administering other approved medications under the supervision of the nurse. Maintaining the resident environment to include straightening the resident's room, emptying trash, and cleaning resident wheel chairs and other equipment. Performing as a sitter to observe residents when necessary for suicide prevention, fall reduction, and risk of harm to self/other. Setting up equipment such as suction equipment, oxygen, cooling blankets, etc. Participating on committees geared at improving the quality of life for residents. At the GS-04 level, you will receive on-the-job training and/or formal training to develop proficiency to progress to the full performance level position. At the entry level, you will perform developmental assignments. The full performance level of this position is GS-05. If selected at a lower grade level, selectee may be promoted without further competition to the GS-05 level when fully qualified and recommended by the selecting official. However, promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied. WORKING CONDITIONS: The work is performed inside areas working around machinery with moving parts, working with hands in water. Incumbent will at times work alone and closely with others. Work Schedule: 8 hour shifts, 80 hours/pay period, every other weekend, holidays. 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.