Richmond VA Health Care System is seeking innovative Nursing Assistants to become part of our Healthcare Team and provide care to our Nation's Veterans. Applicants may be selected to fill positions in any service line with a current Nursing Assistant vacancy. Specifically, the individual will serve in the following patient care areas as needed and directed: Medical/Surgical/Telemetry Unit; Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Mental Health and Emergency Department (ED). The Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher graded 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. As a member of the interdisciplinary team with an assigned patient load of selected chronically and/or acutely ill patients, the employee will be able to perform duties and responsibilities of the GS-5. In addition, the incumbent will perform the following duties: Perform a range of treatment procedures that include carrying out standard precautions; measuring vital signs; changing complex sterile and non-sterile dressings; irrigating selected wounds with a bulb syringe; irrigating nasogastric tubes to maintain patency; administering tube feedings via nasogastric, PEG or gastrostomy tubes; cleaning and/or changing ostomy appliances; irrigating colostomies; giving special care to paralyzed patients; Observe intravenous fluids for continuation of flow and reports observations to professional nurse as necessary; Observe acute changes in patient condition and responds in emergencies appropriately; Report all observations of patient condition; Document observations and care given in the patient's clinical record; Assist the physician with diagnostic procedures, such as lumbar puncture, physical examinations, etc. Transport patient within the Medical Center and/or accompanies selected patients by ambulance to and from other hospitals, nursing homes or the patient's home; Recognize and report potential and/or existing safety hazards to prevent accidents and provide a safe environment; Observe changes in patients' conditions; report findings based upon understanding of the therapeutic regimen, and document observations and care given in the patient's clinical record; and Reinforce patient and family/significant other teaching; support patients with physical limitations during physical, psychological and/or emotional readjustment. Utilize restorative care techniques, procedures, documentation and resident/family teaching that contributes to a base of standard nursing care upon which further nursing care may be planned and/or provided by nurses and Providers. Work Schedule: Compressed/Flexible Financial Disclosure: 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.