**Current, permanent VA employees or Federal employees from other agency, you should apply to CBST-11272286-22-DL** The Inpatient Mental Health Nursing Assistant (NA) functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists licensed nursing staff and others in the care of patients/residents receiving inpatient mental health care. The NA will have the ability to communicate orally with patients/residents, families, interdisciplinary teams and other personnel. This includes serving as a preceptor to new NAs by assisting with the coordination of their orientation and overseeing/assessing their practical experience while in a clinical setting. They will have the ability to recognize and react to emergent patient/resident care situations and intervene while waiting for assistance. For example, recognizing need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc. Completed work may require routine or detailed higher- level review depending on the complexity of the duties. Duties include, but are not limited to: Cares for Veterans in accordance with established nursing procedures, standards of care, principles of cultural transformation and the plan for care with self-direction and minimal supervision; Assists doctors and nurses in the performance of diagnostic examinations or procedures such as vital sign monitoring, preparing/positioning patients, and demonstrates ability to properly use equipment, materials and supplies in simple diagnostic and treatment procedures such as EKGs, bladder scanning and collection of urine samples. Records basic data and patient responses, reporting significant changes to the RN; Performs a complex range of treatment procedures such as: routine urinary catheter care; application of condom catheters; external application of cold and heat with RN direction; emptying of colostomy; colostomy irrigation; gastroscopy and nasogastric tube feeding; oxygen monitoring or other duties as assigned by the RN after competency has been demonstrated; Collects and labels specimens (urine, stool, and sputum) following protocol. Measure and records intake and output. Assists by positioning and draping, as well as, emotionally supporting patients during a variety of diagnostic and treatment procedures; Performs treatments such as foot soaks, and applications of non-prescribed topical lotions, performs basic care to patients requiring the use of isolation techniques. Checks and records vital signs, weights, and heights and reports deviations from normal to the professional nurse; Reports the condition of wounds and skin and any reaction to or results of treatment; Performs a wide variety of duties aimed at increasing the comfort, as well as, ensuring the safety and well-being of the patient. Takes care of patients' routine care and comfort needs for psycho/social/spiritual well-being, personal hygiene, physical comfort, nutrition, elimination, prevention of skin breakdown, rehabilitation, safety, etc.; Assists in orienting patients to the inpatient hospital environment; Maintains a clean, safe, environment of care that is conducive to patient privacy and rehabilitation; Transports patients after discharge or to activities as needed; Maintains and cleans Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) per manufacturer's recommendations within their area. Generally, this will be semi-critical equipment such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, pulse oximeters, bladder scanners, etc. Cleansing and maintenance of beds, bedside commodes and other equipment or furniture may be required; Demonstrates respect for the individual patient; protecting patient rights, privacy, confidentiality and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Maintains sensitivity in adhering to population-specific guidelines in the provision of timely care; Adheres to Infection Control-Universal Precautions. Responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action. Work Schedule: Shift work, 11:30 pm - 8:00 am Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant/PD000000 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.