This is an open continuous announcement until December 31, 2021. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred as vacancies become available. The selectees will work in the Geriatrics/Community Living Centers at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center. Their focus will be ensuring proper, compassionate, and timely medical care for the Veteran Patients in their care. The Long Term Care Units of the Carl Vinson VAMC offer long term care to residents with a variety of chronic illnesses. The skilled units provide care to residents with acute and chronic medical, as well as surgical diagnoses. The majority of these residents have complex needs requiring skilled nursing assessment and resident monitoring and IV infusions. The CLC also provides palliative and hospice care, offering comfort rather than cure to the residents with extensive disease that is life-limiting. The focus for end of life care is pain control, symptom management and relief of suffering. In addition, nursing staff provide spiritual and emotional support to both residents and families. Additionally, residents may be offered rehabilitation, as well as temporary placement if they are unable to return to their homes. Tasks are as follows, (but not limited to): Responsible for administering, monitoring, documenting and evaluating therapeutic interventions and regiments specific to long term and hospice/palliative care residents. Provides guidance and education to patients and caregivers and collaborates with other professionals at all levels, including but not limited to : Social Workers, Pharmacists, Radiology Staff, Laboratory Staff and the other Nurses and Physicians on the various clinical treatment teams. Collaborates with Community Living Center (CLC) interdisciplinary team to promote resident-centered care and provide a home like environment for long term care and hospice/palliative care residents. Identifies physiological, psychological, social and environmental variable affecting the functional status of the older adult and hospice/palliative care patient. Identifies current coping mechanisms and support systems and their effectiveness. Anticipates possible discharge needs and assists patient/significant others and multidisciplinary team in achieving goals for discharge. Documents on approved VA forms/computer programs. Plans and directs nursing care of long term and hospice/palliative care patients admitted to the Community Living Center. Plans interventions which promote health, self-determination and dignity at the end of life. Develops teaching plans based on assessment of individual needs. Provides individualized instruction or directs staff in teaching specific content/skill to adult geriatric and hospice patients/significant others. Responsible for attending in-services and continuing education activities and continued progression in knowledge and skills in long term care and palliative care. Provides a full range of nursing care to residents with complex care needs utilizing the nursing process based on the ANA standards of Nursing Practice Provides medical care and personal care services to ill and injured Veterans Documents observations, assessments, and changes in Veteran's conditions, collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient outcomes Provides full range of nursing care (Direct care to charge nurse duties) with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems Documents observations, assessments, and changes in Veteran's conditions, collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient outcomes Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own nursing judgments and actions Acts as a resident advocate when self-determination is questioned BLS required Performs other duties as required for the position Work Schedule: Work schedules will vary depending on the unit and patient care needs. Normal hours are 40 per week. This announcement is being used to fill multiple position on multiple shifts. 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.