This intermittent float position is designed to support multiple locations across the facility with a primary focus on 1:1 patient care requirements (but may also support other Nursing Assistant patient care needs when indicated). Administratively, the positions will be located in the Inpatient Acute Care Directorate or Nursing Practice Directorate at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The function of the Nursing Assistant (NA) is to assist the Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and the medical team in the care and management of patients in the facility. Specifically, the individual will serve as a flexible resource and float to the following patient care areas as needed and directed by the appropriate Nurse Manager and/or Nursing Supervisor: Medical/Surgical/Telemetry Unit; Intensive Care Unit (ICU); Emergency Department (ED); Inpatient Mental Health (MH) and all Community Living Centers as well as Green House Homes. The intermittent NA will be notified of their assignment by their immediate Supervisor and/or Nursing Supervisor when reporting for duty. Duties of the Nursing Assistant assigned to this position include all functions and responsibilities performed at previous GS levels. The incumbent will build upon knowledge of basic nursing care and standardized procedures to provide care to the patients. He/she can perform tasks after receipt of patient data and information. Primary responsibilities will include one-to-one observations including line of sight and arms-length 1:1 patient care observation in accordance with facility policy. Concurrently, the NA is responsible for the completion of all patient care requirements that he/she is competent and qualified to perform for each assigned patient. If a staff member is sitting a 1:1 mission, they cannot be tasked to perform other duties. Examples of a 1:1 mission includes: Suicidal attempt or ideation Impulsive or unsafe behavior with the risk to self and staff. High risk for falls. Risk of elopement. The use of intermittent Nursing Assistants is to provide a cost-effective method to meet short, medium and long term staffing challenges while building a core group of nursing assistants who are proficient, well-trained and oriented to the Federal Health Care Center (FHCC). The RN's will provide care to the Medical/Surgical/Telemetry Unit, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Emergency Department (ED), Inpatient Medical Health (MH) and all Community Living Center as well as Green House Homes. Intermittent Nursing Assistant staff will also provide a ready resource to offset future staffing requirements secondary to foreseeable attrition as established in the Workforce Development Plan. If selected, selectee must agree to sign the Nursing Assistant, Float Pool Agreement. Work Schedule: Days, PMs, or Nights with rotation to other shifts as needed to include weekends and holidays. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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