The VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) Nursing Assistant escorts patients (ambulatory, wheelchair or gurney) within the health care system. Communicates with and observes patients during escorting procedures and takes appropriate action to ensure patient safety. Provides nursing care to chronically and/or acutely ill patients under the minimal direction of the Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, and/or the physician. Duties include but are not limited to: * Accurately collects, records, and reports vital signs, height, and weight according to unit standard. * Collecting Specimens: sputum, urine (routine & sterile), feces, and others as directed by team lead for storage and delivery to lab according to unit standard. * Notifies nurse of change in patient's condition and/or hazardous environments; including VS, physical or behavioral S&S, psychosocial, supply and/or equipment issues. * Under the guidance of the nurse or provider, prepares and positions the patient and arranges and passes medical supplies and materials to the providers or nurses for a variety of diagnostic tests. * Guides and motivates patient toward achievement of goals. * Performs non-invasive procedures under the direction of a provider/nurse and records and reports results. * Performs a variety of personal nursing care which includes feeding, bathing, lifting, turning, oral care, nail care, hair care, and related personal hygiene duties. * Applies ointments, creams, shampoos, solutions, etc. per facility policy. * Sets up meals, documents consumption, and reports changes in appetite. Able to count calories. * Reports behaviors and threats of patient harm to self and others; taking action to keep patient safe. * Prevents patient from harm of self and others. * Sets up room appropriately for protective precautions; i.e. isolation. * Provides post-mortem care and transportation. * BLS Required Utilizing disruptive behavior techniques when needed and follows BLS algorithm. * Documents patient care, data collected, and treatment provided and observed in EMR using medical terminology. * Performing Oropharyngeal Suctioning. Work Schedule: Full Time, 40 hours per week, shift work, weekends, days, evenings, nights and holidays. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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