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The position is located in the Acute Inpatient Mental Health Unit, Inpatient Mental Health Services of the Office of the Nurse Executive located at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, Illinois. The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center is larger than a single facility, is a system of facilities throughout Northern Illinois provides medical and dental services to U.S Military Veterans, Recruits, Active Duty, and eligible beneficiaries. The Acute Inpatient Mental Health Unit refers to high-intensity mental health services for persons served with acute and severe emotional and/ or behavioral symptoms causing a safety risk to self or others, and/or resulting in severely compromised functional status. This level of care is provided on a secured, locked inpatient setting to ensure safety and provide the type and intensity of clinical intervention necessary to treat the person. The purpose of the Nursing Assistant (NA) is to assist the Registered Nurse (RN) and the psychiatric mental health team in the care management of patients experiencing a variety of alterations in their physical, behavioral, acute and/or chronic psychiatric illnesses/substance dependency problems. Care is individualized to each person and the person's strengths, needs, preferences, experience. The person is a participant in his/her own care and recovery in whatever way possible. Attention is paid to ensure that care meets the age appropriate, gender appropriate, cultural, social, and religious needs and preferences of each person. Each person is provided care with dignity and respect. The Nursing Assistant at this grade level functions as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients receiving acute, secured, inpatient care to psychiatric inpatients who require ongoing monitoring and observation to ensure their safety and well-being. The position requires the ability to work alternate schedules including evenings, nights, weekends, holidays, and may alternate schedules to ensure adequate coverage of support functions. Major Duties and Responsibilities: Able to perform tasks after receipt of patient data and information. Performs complex nursing care procedures according to established procedures. Will carry a direct patient assignment for a group of patients' and assist other with completion of the workload of the assigned area. Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team giving nursing care to varying age groups of psychiatric patients, including geriatric, medically infirmed and regressed patients. Accountable for the care of all patients particularly the severely depressed , withdrawn, hyperactive, and suicidal. Understands various types of illness and is able to identify specific symptoms related to each. Supports multidisciplinary activities, i.e. Recreational Therapy by eliciting patient participation and explaining the concept and purpose in a manner the patient understand. Provides support to the Clinical positions located within the Acute Inpatient Mental Health Units. Admits and orients patients to the unit, checking patients for contraband. Prepares patients for and assists the physician with physical examinations and diagnostic procedures. Obtains patient's vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure, and pain) and records according to procedures. Collects specimens and performs therapeutic procedures and treatments according to nursing services policies and procedures as assigned by the nurse. Work Schedule: Days, PMs, Nights with rotations to other shifts as needed, to include weekends and holidays. 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.