The Nursing Assistant will work as a Nursing Assistant/Monitoring Technician (NA-MT) at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Pineville, La. The NA-MT functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists licensed nursing staff in the care of Veterans receiving Inpatient care or other Veterans who are in acute, subacute or chronic states of illness. The NA-MT assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs, which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. NA-MTs assume a peer education/mentorship role. Duties include but not limited to: Provision of Patient Care/Patient Monitoring* (critical element): Provides input to Team Leader/Charge Nurse for making out assignment prior to receiving report at the start of scheduled tour. Listens attentively to report, notes pertinent items, and integrates information received with prior knowledge of Veteran. Formulates work schedule based on prioritization of Veteran care needs. Provides dependable and timely age-specific nursing care for more complex patients by: a. Accepting adults chosen life-styles and assisting with necessary adjustments relating to health. b. Recognizing adults' values and function of independence and ability to be self-sustaining in life. c. Supporting change necessary for health. d. Assisting patients to keep physically and socially active and to maintain peer group interactions. e. Assisting patients to cope with loss (e.g., hearing, eyesight, death of significant others). f. Assisting patients with self-care as required, and with maintaining as much independence as possible. Demonstrates understanding and proficiency of the use of the Video Monitoring (VM) software and maintains visual observation on the patient at all times. The NA/MT redirects the patient over a digital 2-way audio device that is in the patient room. The NA/MT is capable of continuous monitoring of up to 16 patients on a screen at a time. The NA/MT provides general Veteran care associated with cardiac monitoring such as assessing and/or changing electrodes, batteries and troubleshooting alarms or functionality of the equipment. He/she demonstrates flexibility, accuracy and timeliness in job functions in response to unexpected changes in work volume, emergencies, staffing or scheduling. Immediately summons the nursing staff on the appropriate unit if the patient requires assistance. Arranges meal break times with the nurse and informs the nurse prior to leaving the monitoring station for any reason so that relief may be provided to ensure constant patient observation. Assists with the delivery of procedures/treatments for a team of patients, in an organized and timely manner in accordance with established policy and procedure, seeking guidance when necessary. Preserves patient confidentiality, respects patient/family/significant other rights, and assists the multidisciplinary team with resolving ethical issues. Recognizes medical emergencies and initiates appropriate intervention. Functions as a therapeutic companion for Veteran who needs close observation. Therapeutic companion assignment includes providing care (bath, personal hygiene, feeding, elimination, and intake and output) for Veteran and preventing Veteran from hurting him/herself or interfering with the treatment by pulling out lines/IVs. Keeps Veteran under direct supervision. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 6:45 am - 7:15 pm alternating weekends off Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant/PD00021F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.