The GS-5 Nursing Assistant (NA) in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center is assigned to provide care for an adult/geriatric patient population, ranging from the critically/acutely ill patient to the chronically/terminally ill long-term patients, including mental health patients. The incumbent's work are may be either on a ward and/or with patients in transit or while in other designated places. Duties include, but not limited to: Assists with patient admission, transfer or discharge. In addition to obtaining basic information, the person observes skin condition for pressure areas, lesions, bruises, etc., that will indicate the need for special nursing measures. The person further assists the Team Leader/Primary Care Nurse with baseline data collections as sensorium, presence of tubes and gives the patient and family an orientation to the ward and explains hospital rules such as visiting hours and smoking regulations. Applies principles of normal range of motion, body mechanics and body alignments. This is done several times a tour for the immobilized patient and the person has a thorough understanding of this nursing measure. Performs duties in connection with personal services to patients such as bathing, oral hygiene, shampoo, shaving, giving bedpans and urinals, answering call lights, ambulating, positioning, lifting and transporting patients, feeding patients and applying condom drains. The person understands the complications and the necessity of good oral hygiene. Assists the physician or nurse in performing procedures by positioning, draping and supporting the patient and setting up equipment, such as lumbar puncture trays, aspiration trays, etc. With additional knowledge received, the person understands why they place a patient in a special position for a procedure, as for the lumbar puncture, and also knows that specimen labeling must be done immediately and taken to lab with very careful handling. Utilizes principles of asepsis in performing urological procedures, such as catheterization and irrigations. The person, monitors continuous irrigations of bladder or wounds, reporting to the. Team Leader/Primary Care Nurse the type of drainage. Changes simple non-sterile dressings. Prepares and gives tap water and soap suds enemas, irrigates mature colostomies and supports the teaching programs for patient and family care for all ostomates. Keeps constantly alert in observing patients, notes any significant changes, whether evidenced by a physical observation or by a mechanical means, takes emergency action for which he/she is trained and calls the professional nurse. Work Schedule: Various tours available. Will be determined by the Hiring Manager (Nurse Manager) of the position. 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.