The position is located in the Community Living Center, Inpatient Geriatrics Services of the Office of the Nurse Executives located at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois. The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center is larger than just a single facility, but rather a system of facilities throughout Northern Illinois which provide medical and dental services to U.S. Military Veterans, Recruits, Active Duty, and eligible beneficiaries. The Community Living Center is committed to providing resident-centered care. Residents-centered care identifies an approach to providing health care where the treatment plan is driven by the needs, preferences, and life-long habits of the residents. Care is individualized to each resident, and the resident is a participant in their own care when possible. Attention is paid to ensure that the care meets the age-appropriate, cultural, and religious needs and preferences of each resident. The routines, work processes, procedures, and schedules in the CLC revolve around the needs of the resident. The resident's stated preferences and needs are the foundation for making shared, informative decisions involving the resident, family, or friend and CLC staff. CLC staff problem-solve with the resident and other facility staff and departments to ensure the resident's needs and goals of care are met. The Nursing Assistant works in the Community Living Center area and functions as an integral member of the Interdisciplinary Medical Team to provide healthcare which maximizes the quality of life for our elders. This position provides support to the Clinical positions located within the Community Living Center. This incumbent supports staff providing restorative and assistant nursing care. The position requires the ability to work alternate schedules including evenings, nights, weekends, holidays, and may alternate schedules to ensure adequate coverage of support functions. Major Duties and Responsibilities: Responsible for assisting residents in Rehabilitative/Restorative and Maintenance Nursing Care functions with the purpose of facilitating optimal capability for and with the resident. Provides hands on support for residents in: progressive mobility programs such as ambulation, bed mobility, and transfer, including strengthening and endurance exercise and range of motion (ROM) - application of prosthetic equipment and splint and brace use - cognitive re-orientation - dining and eating programs - communication programs - dressing and grooming programs - scheduled toileting and bladder retraining program. Attends care plan conferences as appropriate. Assists therapists with treatments according to facility policies and procedures. Performs restorative/rehabilitation and maintenance program procedures and activities as ordered. Teaches residents regarding rehabilitations/restorative techniques as directed by the discipline. Performs comprehensive nursing care to long-term residents who typically present with complex medical and psychiatric conditions and related functional and/or cognitive deficits. Documents restorative nursing care according to policy. Instrumental in motivating residents and redirecting their behavior towards treatment plan goals. Works in collaboration with Restorative Care Coordinator, Kinesiotherapy (KT), Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), Speech Pathology and Nursing. Work Schedule: Nights 12 hours shift with Rotation to other shifts as needed, Weekends and Holidays. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Physical Demands: Duties require regular and recurring periods of standing and walking. Duties may require intermittent periods of bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, pushing, and similar activities. The employee may, on occasion, defend self and others from the physical attack of residents and also prevents residents from performing destructive acts against self and the environment. Work Environment: The work is normally performed inside buildings, on adjoining grounds, or other specified locales. Occasionally, the environment may include riding in a motor vehicle. Employee will rotate to various units. The employee may be subjected to verbal/physical attach from residents, a high level of stress on a regular recurring basis and may require standard precaution to prevent exposure to infection.
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.