Nursing Assistant (NA) is the full level performance and functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists licensed nursing staff in the care of patients /residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or who are in acute, sub-acute or chronic states of illness. Duties Include: Measure and record vital signs, intake and output, and weights Meets personal hygiene needs such as bathing, lifting, turning and feeding Performs EKG testing Perform phlebotomy for tests as ordered by a physician Initiate saline lock. Routinely checks for patency/inflammation/infiltration Perform routine foley catheter care including insertion and removal of indwelling catheters Performs oropharyngeal, nasopharyngeal and tracheal suctioning, performs routine tracheotomy care, instructs patient in use of incentive spirometer Perform and documents finger sticks as ordered and necessary Demonstrates knowledge of side effects of selected medication such as psychotropic drugs in geriatric population Instruct and assist patients with dressing and undressing in preparation for an examination Assists with the discharge process as needed to maintain patient flow Provides appropriate hand off report on assigned patients Utilizes glucose monitoring machine to receive glucose readings for veterans refers deviation to appropriate health care staff Makes observations of subtle changes in resident's condition, i.e. behavior shifts, mood, skin coloring, appetite, etc. and takes action accordingly within the NA's assigned role. Performs nursing procedures within scope of practice and according to policies and standard procedures to care for the veteran for such procedures but not limited to: enemas, catheterization, colostomy care, skin care simple dressing, application of braces and prosthetic devices Works on small group activities with veterans/residents according to the patients/resident treatment plan. Recognizes the residents' autonomy and promotes independence by means of respect, limit setting and individualized treatment. Actively participates in Treatment Planning Meetings. Utilizes equipment to promote the veteran self-care, such as; lift equipment, Hydro sound Tubs, and Veteran/Resident Wandering System. Verbally provides patient information to the treatment team for inclusion in the veteran/residents' plan of care, participates in treatment team meetings for resident care planning. Enters information about the residents' condition in the chart, utilizing appropriate formats Participates in maintaining a clean, safe environment for the patient/resident Removes defective equipment, reports hazards, observes safety regulations, contributes to infection control, and utilizes proper aseptic technique in performance of duties. Work Schedule: 3:30pm to Midnight 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.