As a member of the nursing care team, the Nursing Assistant (NA) offers physiological, psychological, and spiritual support to the VA patients by performing a variety of duties, including direct patient care, department organization and other duties as assigned, to meet the changing needs of the patients and nursing department. These duties will be performed in all Acute Care Units, Community Living Center units, and Outpatient Clinics. This is an OPEN CONTINOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be August 18, 2021. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. Supports Diagnostic Procedures (20 percent) Assists physicians and nurses in the performance of diagnostic examinations by performing duties such as monitoring vital signs, preparing and positioning the patient, or by performing a variety of routine diagnostic tests i.e. glucometer test for blood glucose level, EKGs, bladder scanning, and collection of urine sample and other procedures with validated competencies. Performs a complete range of treatment procedures such as; routine urinary catheter care; application of condom catheters; external application of cold and heat with RN or LPN direction; emptying of colostomy or other duties as assigned by the RN or LPN. Additionally, the CNA performs selected treatments such as foot-soaks, and applications of non-prescribed topical lotions, performs basic care to patients requiring the use of isolation techniques. Checks and records vital signs, weights, and heights and reports deviations from normal to the professional nurse. Collects and labels specimens (urine, stool, and sputum). Measures and records intake and output. Assists by positioning and draping as well as emotionally supporting patients during a variety of diagnostic and treatment procedures. Assists with Technical Nursing Treatments (20 percent) Assists physicians, nurses, and other healthcare team members in the care and treatment of Veteran patients receiving medical surgical or emergency treatment. Observes and reports to the professional nurse changes in patient behavior, attitude, bodily complaints/pain and appearance. Observes patients for any change in condition (deviation in color, pulse, respiration, temperature and blood pressure) and reports them to the assigned RN or LPN. Reports the condition of wounds and skin and any reaction to or results of treatments. Enters information onto the Patients' Records/Charts (20 percent) Enters specific information onto the patients' records using the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). Enters information regarding the care rendered and the condition and progress of the patient. Performs direct patient support work including personal patient care and/or basic patient education. Personal Patient Care (20 percent) Performs a wide variety of duties aimed at increasing the comfort and spirit of the patient. Takes care of patients' routine care and comfort needs for psycho/social/spiritual well-being, personal hygiene, physical comfort, nutrition, elimination, prevention of skin breakdown, rehabilitation, safety, etc. Patient Teaching (20 percent) Reinforces with patients and family members the necessity to continue the procedures for proper health care. Assists with specific health teaching, such as reminding diabetic patients of the importance for skin care and following a diet, reinforcing the importance of exercise and diet for the cardiac patients, etc. Encourages patients in self-care activities within their individual capacities as outlined on their care plan. Work Schedule: Part-time (.6 FTEE) or full-time (1.0 FTEE) schedules are available. Day/Evening and Day/Night rotation. Telework: Telework, if approved, will be on an Ad-Hoc basis Virtual: This is not a virtual position. 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.