The primary purpose of the Nursing Assistant (NA) position is to assist licensed nursing staff in the care of Patients/Veterans as a member of the nursing care team by providing holistic care in a manner conducive to comfort and safety at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center primarily on Medical/Surgical. The Medical/Surgical Veteran assignments typically involve complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. Assist in the full range of nursing care for patients with physical and/or behavioral problems under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Provide daily living activities such as assisting patients with daily oral care (dentures, tooth brush), hair grooming, bathing, nail and related hygiene care. Set up, serve and feed patients, lift, turn, and transfer patients with appropriate technique and lifting assistance devices. Prepare and transport patients as needed for tests or discharge. Notify nursing of any physical or behavior changes. Document these changes using proper documentation forums. Use computer, computer programs, phone, Xerox and fax machines. Conduct other duties as required to provide patient with quality care outcomes. Assist with a complete range of treatment and procedures that include but is not limited to the following: administering hot and cold packs; accucheks; inserting Foley catheters; caring for patients in isolation; BVI; colostomy care; application of EKG leads and providing 1:1 monitoring of patients with altered mental status, suicidal/homicidal ideation, or identified as high risk and in need of constant supervision. Perform a range of diagnostic support duties which includes taking, recording, and reporting deviations in vital signs, taking EKGs and loading proper patient information into this device, taking specimens, labeling specimens for the laboratory, and assisting the provider in a variety of diagnostic exams. Consistently makes gross accurate observations of the patient's condition and reports and documents findings. Identify and report the patient's physical and emotional reactions to medical treatment and nursing care. Verbally provide patient information to the licensed staff for inclusion in the nursing care plan. Enter information about the patient's condition in the patient's written and/or electronic records following (PCS) policies. Communicate effectively with patients, families, interdisciplinary team members and other staff personnel. Act in a professional manner as a role model for peers. Serve as a preceptor to new NAs by assisting with employee orientation and overseeing/assessing their practical experience while in a clinical setting. Maintain appropriate and professional boundaries with patients and their families. Communicate tactfully and effectively, both orally and in writing, in order to meet unit objectives. This may include preparing reports in various formats and presenting data to the supervisor. Utilize population, cultural, age-specific communication techniques to provide effective communication with patients and visitors. Instruct patients on the patient's role in various tests, such as x-rays, covering information previously supplied by the doctor or nurse. Instructs patient/patient on the set up and purpose of treatment supported by auxiliary equipment such as oxygen and suction. Support patient teaching based on evidence-based, general information covered with the patient previously by either the doctor or nurse. Utilize teaching opportunities with awareness of medical treatment goals. Identify teaching needs and institute approaches to meet these. Recognize and react to emergent patient/patient care situations and intervene while waiting for assistance. For example, recognize the need for basic life support, control bleeding and assist with behavior crisis, etc. Participates and completes mandatory education classes by designated due date. Display courteous verbal and non-verbal communication to patients/patients, staff, and visitors. Utilize proper telephone etiquette at all times. Is dependable; report on and off duty on-time. Report to charge nurse when leaving ward for any reason. Maintain a clean, neat appearance at all times and follow PCS policies (e.g. uniform policy). Work Schedule: 12 Hour Variable days 0700-1930 (may include weekends & 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.