This is a Nursing Assistant vacancy in the Community Living Center (CLC) at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center (HJ Heinz campus). The Nursing Assistant will function as an integral member of the Community Living Center (CLC) nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patient/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care, and other patients/residents who are in acute, sub-acute, or chromic states of illness. The distinguishing factor is the patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs that can vary within the range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. The incumbent will provide personal nursing care to inpatients and serve as a member of the treatment team in motivating patients and redirecting their behavior toward treatment plan goals. In addition, she/he will participate in the admission of patients by collecting information, orienting patients to the appropriate unit, checking them for contraband when indicated, and assisting the nurse in formulating nursing actions. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: Taking vital signs, obtaining specimens, and supporting the nursing staff and Physician with any diagnostic testing and performing patient care treatments such as foot soaks or changes of sterile dressings. Identifying and meeting the needs of patients for information and guidance in daily living and promoting patient participation in therapeutic communities by fostering increased self-reliance and independence through involving patients in their own treatment plan. Reporting any changes in patient's condition or behavior that might be caused by drug reactions or problems on the ward. Encouraging patients to maintain selfcare and checking on their physical and emotional progress using the designated charting techniques for the ward. Accurately and efficiently describing and reporting all subtle behavioral changes and interactions among patients and the nursing staff. Maintaining a safe and secure environment for patients at all times and contributing to maintain a ward environment oriented toward future independent living. All other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Nurse Manager and other senior staff. This is a Bargaining Unit position. Work Schedule: Rotating tours including weekends/holidays (must be available for all tours) Position Title/Functional Statement #: Nursing Assistant - Community Living Center/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.