The purpose of the Spinal Cord Injury Services is to provide care and rehabilitation to those Veterans who have incurred spinal cord injuries. The CNA is to provide direct and indirect care to SCI service line veteran-veteran-patients. Participates in care as a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team in motivating veteran patients toward treatment plan goals. These veteran-patients have a wide range of spinal cord injuries, often accompanied by acute and chronic medical complications. Recruitment incentives MAY BE authorized. The below duties are for the Spinal Cord Injury Unit: Basic Technical Skills: Demonstrates proficiency in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Takes and records vital signs. Measures and records height and weight. Measures and records fluid and food intake and output of veteran- patient. Recognizes and reports abnormal signs and symptoms of common diseases and conditions. Demonstrates sensitivity to veteran-patient's emotional, social, and mental health needs. Makes observations of veteran-patient 's environment to ensure safety and comfort of veteran-patient. Participates in care planning and nursing reporting process. Personal Care Skills: Assists veteran-patient with bathing, mouth care, and skin care. Assists veteran-patient with grooming and dressing. Provides toileting assistance to veteran-patient. Assists veteran-patient with eating and hydration. Utilizes proper feeding techniques. Transports or assist with transport of veteran-patient as directed. Mental Health & Social Service Needs: Modifies his/her own behavior in response to the veteran-patient's behavior. Identifies adaptations necessary to accommodate the aging process. Provides training in, and the opportunity for, self-care according to veteran-patients' capabilities. Demonstrates skills supporting veteran-patient' s personal choices. Identifies ways to use the veteran-patient's family as a source of emotional support for the veteran-patient. The nursing assistant incorporates principles and skills of restorative nursing in providing nursing care: Demonstrates knowledge and skill in using assistive devices in ambulation, eating, and dressing. Demonstrates knowledge and skill in the maintenance of range of motion. Demonstrates proper techniques for turning/positioning veteran-patient in bed and chair. Demonstrates proper techniques for transferring veteran-patient. Demonstrates knowledge about methods for meeting the elimination needs of veteran-patients. Demonstrates knowledge and skill for the care and use of prosthetic devices. Infection Control: Uses principles of medical asepsis and demonstrates infection control techniques and universal precautions. Explains how disease-causing microorganisms are spread; lists ways that HIV and Hepatitis B can spread from one person to another. Demonstrates knowledge of cleaning agents and methods which destroy microorganisms on surfaces. Safety and emergency procedures: Provides adequate ventilation, warmth, light, and quiet measures. Uses measures that promote comfort, rest, and sleep.Promotes clean, orderly, and safe environment and equipment for the veteran-patient. Identifies and utilizes measures for accident prevention. Identifies and demonstrates principles of body mechanics. Demonstrates proper use of protective devices in care of veteran-patients. Demonstrates knowledge of fire and disaster procedures. Identifies and demonstrates principles of health and sanitation in the service of food. · Demonstrates the proper use and storage of cleaning agents and other potentially hazardous materials. Cleans and maintains equipment independently or at the direction of the RN/LPN. Inspects devices and dete1mines if device is safe to use or removes device and reports appropriately to process device for repair. In absence of environmental services or needs greater than environmental services can meet, takes lead in performing/assigning other CNAs on shift to tasks for maintaining a safe, clean and therapeutic environment for veteran-patients and staff. Ability to recognize and respond to emergent veteran-patient care situations and intervene while waiting for assistance, i.e. recognizing need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc. Maintains active BLS Certification 5 Full-time positions; 3 Part-time position Work Schedule: Multiple Schedules Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599257500
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.