The primary purpose of this position is to perform a very wide range of patient personal care, diagnostic services, treatment, administrative and charting activities on a surgical, medical, neurological, rehabilitation, or psychiatric inpatient unit. The incumbent performs duties in such a way as to encourage patient efforts towards goals for recovery and maintain a safe and therapeutic environment while promoting a sense of worth and dignity for the patient. Determines technical factors, sets controls and operates equipment, instruments and monitors. Uses phones, patient lift equipment, and camera monitoring system/call system/panic alarm system. Recognizes abnormalities and brings them to the attention of the RN. Notifies RN of results and ensures original results are made part of the permanent record. Maintain administrative and clinical files. Uses equipment properly such as vital sign machines, EKG, bladder scan, AED etc. Maintains a therapeutic and safe ward milieu by identifying, reporting and eliminating potential hazards. Completes unit rounds and patient safety checks. Completes hazardous items checks of unit, patients, and their belongings. Performs one-to-one observations of patients. Conducts monitoring of unit and patients. Identifies patient at risk for suicide/self-harm, falls, disruptive behavior etc. Places patients in seclusion and/or restraints as directed, to ensure the safety of patient and/or staff. Takes emergency actions in all situations, ex: cardio-pulmonary arrests, Disruptive Behavior incidents, fires, disasters etc. Receives and directs patients, answers routine inquiries and makes referrals. Assists patients, visitors and others requesting information, guidance or referral for special assistance. Participates in the admission of patients by obtaining information, orienting patients to the unit and treatment team, obtaining vital signs and weight and checking patients and their belongings for hazardous items. Assists physicians and nurses in the care and treatment of clients receiving medical care. Observes, documents, and reports to the professional nurse changes in patient behavior, attitude, physical complaints, appearance, vital signs and/or changes in the patients' condition that may be related to medications, sensory distortions or medical conditions. Performs standard diagnostic tests or procedures (in accordance with Nursing Procedure grid) such as removing peripheral IVs, electrocardiograms, bladder scan, venipuncture for collection of blood specimen, finger-sticks for glucose determination. Assists the professional nurse and medical staff with specialized procedures: biopsy, lumbar puncture, electroconvulsive therapy etc. Performs more extensive, complex procedures, ex: dressing changes, insertion of foley catheter. Receives requests or instructions for procedures. Interprets requests or instructions from medical or health care personnel. Encourages patient and family to actively participate in the individualized treatment plan. Gives patient and family after-care instructions. Follows designated charting techniques to post patient charts that provide an outline or summary of patients' care. Documents pertinent information including current health status and subtle changes in patients' status. Provides general clerical administrative support coordination work for the unit. Maintains patient records/charts. Obtains key information needed to walk-in and initiate medical administrative processing of requests and forms. Updates unit forms and/or worksheets. Orders and maintains supplies for the unit. Assists in orienting personnel to the clinical area including proper clinical procedures. Answers telephone and directs call to the appropriate person/area. Work Schedule: Rotating Compressed/Flexible: Yes Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Health Technician/PD07892A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598654400
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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.