The Iowa City VA Health Care System is recruiting for one (1) full-time Nursing Assistant for the Patient Care Service Line (Inpatient 5 East). The incumbent is a Nursing Assistant. He/she receives a basic training in performing certain patient care duties. He/she is assigned on a regular basis to a patient ward and works a rotating tour of duty following formal classroom instruction and demonstration of competency in the nursing assistant duties, along with a few specific healthcare tech duties. Under carefully planned and controlled conditions in the clinical area, he/she performs the following relatively simple and repetitive tasks, which require elementary knowledge of patient or nursing care procedures, but is also trained to recognize emergent situations and take necessary action: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Gives and assists with all types of cleansing baths and shampoos. Gives skin care to prevent complications and promote healing. Gives and assists with oral care and hygiene, including denture care. Makes all types of beds. Assists with the use of bedpans and urinals. Applies external catheters and maintains patency or drainage. Assists with bowel and bladder training. Assists in providing ostomy care for established and uncomplicated ostomies. Assists patients in feeding themselves, or feeds those who cannot. Measures and records all intake and output (excluding IV and tube feeding totals). Maintains correct body positions. Turns patients as required using all types of supporting and comfort devices. Assists or provides patient transfers, activities, e.g. ambulation, litter, and or wheelchair to bed. Escorts patients to tests as needed. Assists with assembling equipment for sterile procedures, administration of oxygen, and vacuum/suction setup. Meets the need for safe therapeutic environment by employing principals of medical asepsis, maintaining ward cleanliness by daily cleaning of patient unit and areas. Properly handles soiled and clean linen according to policy. Applies all types of physical restraints and protective devices as ordered. Employs techniques of firefighting and emergency evacuation in the case of fire and/or disaster. Knows the purpose of all ward equipment and seeks assistance as needed. Demonstrates recognition of cognitive, physical, emotional, and chronological maturation of adult and geriatric patient's needs and possesses an understanding of how to compensate for these changes. The geriatric patient is defined as older than 60 years. The NA must also be aware that chronic medical conditions may alter the manifestation of aging. Assists ward staff with direct patient care activities as assigned. Performs basic patient care activities and duties as assigned, such as taking vitals and recording measurements. Receives cardiac monitoring training and is documented as competent to perform basic, noninterpretive tasks associated with the telemetry system, such as assisting with placing patient on telemetry equipment for monitoring, operating and setting up monitoring capabilities at bedside monitors, communicating with the Telemetry Technician, responding to broadcasted 3-star alarms, replacing batteries and leads as needed, and suspending and un-suspending monitoring when patients leave and return from testing. Adheres to principles of patient safety, falls prevention, infection control, and universal precautions at all times. This includes things such as replacing bed rails and wearing gloves or other appropriate PPE. Participates in health team conferences by reporting observations of patient's physical, mental, and emotional status. Reports and records observations as required, i.e.: vital signs, color and skin condition, airway patency and the need for suctioning, drainage from tubes and drains, condition of patient dressings, and/or any changes in patient observed throughout shift. Participates in team communication to facilitate all aspects of patient safety. Is responsible for hand off communication to oncoming NA's to avoid gaps in care. Incumbent must be able to recognize, respond, report, and assist in emergency situations, i.e.: Code Blue, Code Green, Code Red, RRT, Code Silver, Stroke, and all-natural disasters. Responsible for ensuring proper room set up and terminal room clean with appropriate RME. May assist RN with administering Bolus Tube Feedings via G-tube, J-tube, GJ-tube by positioning the patient and passing supplies. Work Schedule: Night shift position 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 a.m., 11:30 p.m. - 8:00 a.m., includes holidays and rotating weekends Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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