These Temporary Nursing Assistant positions are located within the Nursing Services at the Syracuse VA Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. The Nursing Assistant is entry level and closely supervised. The Nursing Assistant is responsible for providing assistance to the licensed nursing staff in care of patients throughout the facility receiving preventive, acute, sub-acute chronic, maintenance and hospice care. The work requires knowledge of VA policies and procedures and complies with all Cyber and Informational Security Policies and Procedures. The incumbent functions as a member of the Inpatient and Outpatient Nursing services with responsibility for performing specimen collection, patient transport, specimen transport, and pharmacy transport duties. The Nursing Assistant will also monitor wheelchair availability throughout the Medical Center to include inpatient and outpatient units. Duties include but are not limited to: - Specimen collection to assist the nursing staff with blood draws and lab requests. - Ensure safe transport of patients to and from therapeutic and diagnostic procedures using appropriate equipment and safety measures. - The incumbent is cognizant of the signs and symptoms of impending violence such as increased agitation, yelling, or non-cooperation and takes prompt action. - Utilizes verbal/written "handoff" interactive communication that provides opportunity for questioning between the giver and receiver of patient information. - Interact with escort volunteers to determine the most efficient way of accomplishing a transportation request. - Keeps working areas clean and follows safety precautions utilizing sterile techniques and infection control techniques such as hand hygiene, mask wearing, transporting isolated patients, and cleaning wheelchairs after patient use. - Ensures working areas are free of obstructions. - Obtain and transport laboratory specimens and pharmacy items/paperwork to specified laboratory and delivery points. - Gather, store and distribute wheelchairs throughout the Medical Center, identifying wheelchairs in need of minor or major repair and removes from service. - Inventories wheelchairs twice per year and notifies VA Police immediately of missing chairs found during inventory or removed from VA property without authorization. - Ensures wheelchairs are available in all entrances to include the Emergency Room at the end of each shift. - Maintains a safe, secure and healthy work environment by following standards and procedures; complying with federal and state regulations; and The Joint Commission requirements to include knowledge of national safety goals. - Complies with HIPAA and Privacy Rules and accesses PII when required for performance of duties and maintains knowledge of new regulations. - Answers telephone calls, provides response, or refers to appropriate staff member. - Stocks, replenishing, and preparing supplies and equipment for use. Work Schedule: Various Day, Evening and Night Positions - hours will be discussed upon interview Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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.