The GS-5 Nursing Assistant (NA) in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center is assigned to provide care for an adult/geriatric patient population, ranging from the critically/acutely ill patient to the chronically/terminally ill long-term patients, including mental health patients. The incumbent's work are may be either on a ward and/or with patients in transit or while in other designated places. Duties include, but not limited to: Obtains and documents patients' vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, respirations, weight, oxygen saturation, and postural vital signs). Sets up and uses electronic thermometers, vital sign measurement equipment, as well as pulse oximetry. Recognize and reports abnormal values to the Registered Nurse. Prepares patient for and obtains 12 lead EKG using various types of EKG machines. Prints previous EKG's from CPRS. Prepares patient for exam. Provides privacy and emotional support. Performs venipuncture to obtain serum blood samples as ordered per policy and procedure. Properly collects labels and sends laboratory specimens as ordered per policy and procedure. Performs finger stick blood glucose testing, documents and reports results per policy and procedure. Takes appropriate action (notify MD/RN) for critical values. Reports any/all unusual conditions and performs first aid measures for life threatening events. Work Schedule: Rotational 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.