VA Puget Sound Health Care System is looking to fill Permanent Nursing Assistant positions with Mental Health at the Seattle campus. This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until December 31, 2021. The initial cutoff date for referral of eligible applications will be October 18, 2021 with subsequent cutoff dates on the 1st &15th of each month. Eligible applications received after that date may be referred at regular intervals or as additional openings occur on an as-needed. Recruitment Incentives are being offered for this job announcement, If you are interested in the Recruitment Incentive you must request this upon receiving the Tentative Job Offer due to timing for routing purposes. (1) The employee in this position is assigned on a regular basis to a Psychiatric area. He/she performs all duties outlined in the position description and performs nursing care tasks as identified in NA GS - 3. (2) Functions as a member of the Multi-disiplinary Team and assists the Registered Nurse in the care of Veterans with Acute and Chronic Mental Health needs, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassurance and encouragement. (3) Work with multidisciplinary staff to achieve treatment goals for Veterans by providing input and feedback concerning the effectiveness of interventions. (4) Provides a full range of nursing care to Veterans with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems including personal nursing care, diagnostic support duties and treatment procedures; appropriately responds to Veteran needs and reports changes in Veteran condition to the RN. (5) Performs support duties using initiative and without specific direction such as taking vital signs, recording and reporting deviations to the supervisor; collects specimens and labels for laboratory. (6) Participates in admissions, transfers, escorting Veterans to appointments and therapies, discharges and contributing to the formulation of Treatment goals. (7) Assists in providing information to Veterans and participates in recovery oriented programming including topics such as social skills training, music group, exercise/walking group, therapeutic recreation group, and ADL skills group. (8) Records subjective and objective and significant information about the Veteran's behavior in relation to the treatment plan and Veteran's response to care given on the Veteran's clinical record. (9) Recognizes and respond appropriately to medical and psychiatric emergency situations. (10) Participates in the use of Restraint and Seclusion (R/S), including proper use of and application of R/S; 1:1 observation and documentation on the behavioral R/S flow sheet; release from R/S and QM R/S monitor/ review. (11) Participates in the Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior; uses principles to prevent or respond to psychiatric emergencies; participates in Code Green Team responses and assists with proper documentation of the intervention. (12) Provides intensive observation, including 1:1 observation and Continuous Nursing Observation and complies with procedure to ensure Veteran safety. (13) Conducts and documents safety rounds/ environmental rounds per procedure as assigned with an understanding of the importance of monitoring the environment on a continuous basis and reporting all actual or potential hazards per policy. (14) Verifies and understands the proper procedures for the cleaning of reusable medical equipment utilized in the assigned area. (15) Maintains cleanliness of the work area and ensures that the Veteran care areas are stocked with needed supplies. (16) Maintains positive relationships with Veterans, visitors, and personnel. Answers telephones and call lights. Receives and directs Veterans and/or their families by answering routine questions. (17) Participates in in-service programs and assists in the orientation of new employees as needed. (18) Maintains active BLS Certification. (19) Additional duties as assigned. Work Schedule: To be determined during interview; in between 'shifts vary' and 'rotating every other weekend' Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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