This Nursing Assistant position will be located in 1 South and is part of the Community Living Center (CLC) under Patient Care Services and will be located at the H.J. Heinz campus of the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center. The incumbent 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 other patients and residents who are in acute, sub-acute, or chromic states of illness. The distinguishing factor is the patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within the range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. The incumbent provides personal nursing care to inpatients and serves as a member of the treatment team in motivating patients and redirecting their behavior toward treatment plan goals. In addition, he/she participates in the admission of patients by collecting information, orienting patients to the appropriate unit, checking them for contraband when indicated, and assisting the nurse in formulating nursing actions. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: Taking vital signs, obtaining specimens, and supporting the doctor in diagnostic tests. Identifying and meeting the needs of patients for information and guidance in daily living. Promoting patient participation in therapeutic communities through the fostering of increased self-reliance and independence by involving patients in their own treatment plan. Reporting any changes in the patient's condition or behavior that might be caused by drug reactions or problems on the ward. Performing patient care treatments such as foot soaks or changes of sterile dressings. Encouraging patients to maintain self-care and checking on their physical and emotional progress using the designated charting techniques for the ward. Describing and reporting any and all subtle behavioral changes and interactions among patients and the nursing staff. Maintaining a safe and secure environment for all patients at all times. Striving to maintain a ward environment oriented toward future independent living. Work Schedule: Day Tour (7:30 am - 4:00 pm) / Night Tour (12:00 midnight - 8:00am), rotating holidays and weekends Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598987800
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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.