The primary purpose of the Nursing Assistant (NA) position is to float to all areas of the facility and 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. The role is to protect, sustain, and nurture the patient and provide assistance as needed with activities of daily living such as oral care, hair grooming, bathing, assisting with meals as needed, and with other needs as required in accordance with established policies and procedures to assure the highest degree of care. Float NA assignments typically involve complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. The Float NA will be able to plan, organize, and complete patient care assignments in a timely manner, with minimal assistance, but seek assistance from the charge nurse as needed. The work, under the close supervision of a nurse, contributes to a base of standard nursing care upon which further nursing care may be planned and/or provided by nurses. The incumbent refers issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded nursing assistants, or other healthcare professionals. A secondary purpose is to assist with the administrative functions of the unit, communicate with internal and external customers, and assist patients/residents with a variety of concerns under close supervision. Timely and accurate performance of these duties relieves the clinical staff from routine administrative tasks and contributes to the effective functioning of the unit and the overall quality of patient/resident care. Functions: Assist in the full range of nursing care for Veterans with behavioral and/or physical problems in the rehabilitation/long term care/hospice setting (CLC), Medical/Surgical, Acute Psychiatric Unit, ACU/ICU, Urgent Care Center, Primary Care and Specialty Clinics, under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Practical Nurse. Provide daily living activities such as assisting residents with daily oral care (dentures, toothbrush), hair grooming, bathing, nail and related hygiene care. Set up, serve and monitor veteran meals, lift, tum, and transfer residents with appropriate technique and lifting assistance devices. Prepare and transport patients as needed for tests, procedures 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: environmental safety checks, management of hazardous items, patient belonging inventory, administering hot and cold packs; accu-checks; 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. Work Schedule: Variable 12 hour Day Tour 7:00am to 7:30pm includes weekends & Holidays Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant (Float)/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.