Bay Pines VA Medical Center in beautiful Saint Petersburg, Florida, has an immediate opening and is actively recruiting for a Nursing Assistant. The Nursing Assistant works as a direct care giver and is an invaluable part of the Nursing team who is dedicated to providing compassionate and gentle care in the service of our veterans. ***This is a temporary position not to exceed 366 days with the possibility to convert to a permanent position.*** **This position will support the Federal Government's response efforts to the COVID-19** The Nursing Assistant (NA) demonstrates compassionate care while assisting multi-disciplinary providers and licensed nursing staff in our Nursing Service unit within the medical center. The Nursing Assistant role involves personal care duties such as screening of patients, visitors, and employees for COVID-19 including taking of vital signs. The Nursing Assistant also assists patients ambulating in and out of bed which may require the use of lifting equipment and /or assist devices. The Nursing Assistant will also provide assistance with ambulation and transportation of patients throughout the various clinical areas within the facility. In all work environments, Nursing Assistants are expected to answer patients' calls for help, take vital signs, weighs and monitors patients for changes in their condition either behavioral and/or physical. All Nursing Assistants work under the supervision of a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse to whom they are responsible for reporting any issues or changes involving the patient and/or his/her care. As a valued member of the nursing team, The Nursing Assistant is expected to assist in the maintenance of the environment of care by performing duties such as the stocking/ restocking of the patient care area including storerooms, cleaning patient areas, changing laundry hampers and assisting with others duties as assigned. Additionally, the Nursing Assistant will provide point of care testing including finger stick glucose, diabetic food checks and EKGs. The Nursing Assistant may apply protective and supportive devices; set up and give treatments. The NA records in the medical record vital signs, weights I&Os, blood sugars, observations and patient behaviors. The incumbent will report and record in the medical record the patient's condition, observations, care and treatment given. He/she may apply complicated sterile and non-sterile dressings and provide other wound care as needed. The Nursing Assistant will follow facilities policies and procedures related to infection control guidelines Work requires extensive periods of standing and walking; must have the manual dexterity and skills to perform personal care needs; regular and recurring stooping, lifting, bending, pushing, turning, stretching, and sometimes carrying heavy patient loads. This position may be outside in a tent performing COVID 19 screening. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm or extended hours tours from Tuesday- Saturday from 6am-5pm for a total of a 40 hour work week. 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.