The incumbent serves as a Nursing Assistant or as a Transportation Assistant/Escort in Nursing Service. S/he works at the Veteran's Affairs Southern Nevada Medical Center (VASNHS) Las Vegas, Nevada. The position is responsible for the nursing assistant duties of the unit as required to support quality patient care. This may include taking and documenting vital signs, passing and picking up meal trays, tracking and documenting intake and output, and assisting with transporting of patients. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Responsible for performing a wide variety of duties aimed at increasing the comfort and spirit of the Veteran/patient. Maintaining standards of (HRO) High Reliability Organization through daily deliverance of VA ICARE Values - Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence with Veteran/patient care and customer service for all external and internal customers. Meets Veteran/patients diverse needs based on age, culture, ethnic, spiritual, and war conflict group. Demonstrates effective communication skills working with Veteran/patients, families, and other staff members, demonstrating courtesy, respect, and dignity, providing timely access to health care. Maintains a positive attitude. Maintains privacy (HIPAA) and confidentiality for Veteran/patients, families, coworkers, and colleagues. Transports Veteran/patient to and from Medical Surgical Units, Emergency Department, Procedural/Surgical/Testing Units, Clinics, etc. to include discharges within campus grounds. Verifies accuracy of Veteran/patient identifiers on patient wristband when and or prior too delivering care, includes complete Hand-Off communication of patient medical qualifiers to supporting staff for ancillary testing or service. Able to apply and remove (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment with appropriate technique when implementing standard precautions to provide direct patient care, includes disinfection/cleaning of (RME) Reusable Medical Equipment and responsibility to follow infection control guidelines, reports infection control issues. Able to apply and remove (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment with appropriate technique when implementing standard precautions to provide direct patient care, includes disinfection/cleaning of (RME) Reusable Medical Equipment and responsibility to follow infection control guidelines, reports infection control issues. Assists Veteran/patient with (ADL) Activities of Daily Living, promoting independence and autonomy. This includes bathing, bowel and bladder care, eating, positioning for comfort and other duties as assigned by Nurse Manager or designee. Identifies and reports data relative to more complex patient situations including subtle changes in the patient's behavior or conditions, or variances related to neurological signs, vital signs, and other parameters. Monitors intake and output, vital signs, percent ingestion of meals, and other activities of daily living and documents in appropriate area of the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and/or required paper forms. Implements team decisions and reports outcomes to the registered nursing staff. Demonstrates clinical competence in performing nursing and unit specific competencies as they relate to the Inpatient Medical-Surgical, Procedural/Surgical Units, Clinics, etc. Assures accuracy and completeness of care appropriately documented in the patient record. Assists patients with transfers from bed to chair, or bed to bedside commode using proper body mechanics to ensure safety to self and patient. Provides 1:1 observation for suicidal patients, patient who are a danger to themselves or others, or due to a high fall risk as directed by the Nurse Manager. Maintains BLS Certification and completes annual mandatory training within identified timeframes. Work Schedule: Full time 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.