PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO ENSURE YOU SUBMIT ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. This Job Opportunity Announcement will be used to fill a Nursing Assistant, GS-0621-3/4/5 position in Geriatric & Extended Care Service at the VA Western Colorado Health Care System. This announcement will remain open until filled. First review will be 01/04/2022 and bi-weekly thereafter. GS3: Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are at the entry level and are closely supervised GS4: Individuals assigned as GS-4 NAs are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised. NAs at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist higher graded NAs, licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other patients/residents who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The significant factor is that they provide care under close supervision and refer issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NAs or other healthcare professionals. In this role, the Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher graded NAs, licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care, or other patients who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The Nursing Assistant in this role provides care under close supervision and refers issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NAs, or other healthcare professionals. GS5 FPL Duties: Assistant 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 such as glucometer test for blood glucose level, collection of urine sample, etc. Assists physicians and nurses in the care and treatment of veteran patients receiving medical, surgical, or skilled longer-term treatment. Observes and reports to the professional nurse changes in patient behavior, attitude, bodily complaints, and appearance. Observes patients for any change in condition (deviation in color, pulse, respiration, temperature, and blood pressure) and reports them to the Registered Nurse. Reports the condition of wounds and skin and any reaction to or results of treatment. Provides a full range of patient care to complex patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems including personal nursing care, support duties and treatments. Uses good communication skills in dealing with patients, some of whom are unusually difficult to care for or communicate with. Provides effective action in emergency situations. Performs actions targeted to the maintenance/restoration of skin integrity by assisting nurses with turning patients and cleaning patients as needed. Assists nurses, preparing patients for transport to procedures by obtaining oxygen tanks or other needed equipment. Maintains a safe/clean work environment and completes assigned environmental duties. Demonstrates appropriate actions in environmental emergency situations. Employs appropriate lifting/moving, transfer and assistive devices and demonstrates safe and proper body mechanics. Enters specific information onto the patients' records using the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). Teaches 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. Maintains a safe/clean work environment, ensuring patient privacy. Participates in unit-based medical center and organizational in-services and continuing education activities. Work Schedule: Sunday - Saturday, various shifts to include days, nights, weekends and holidays. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant/PD000000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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