This is a Nursing Assistant vacancy in the Inpatient Psychiatry/Behavioral Health unit of the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center and will be located at the University Drive campus. The incumbent will serve as an integral member of the Behavioral/Health Inpatient Psychiatry unit at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center. Incumbents within this unit provide quality care to Veteran residents and patients using a variety of treatment procedures in 1:1 as well as group settings (i.e. reality orientation, small group therapy). Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Providing care to patients as directed and serving as an integral member of the treatment team by motivating patients and redirecting their behavior toward treatment plan goals; participating in the admission of patients by collecting information, orienting patients to the unit, checking them for contraband when indicated, and assisting the Nurse in formulating appropriate nursing actions; accurately and efficiently vital signs, obtaining specimens, and supporting the Physician with any other diagnostic tests; identifying and meeting the needs of patients for information and guidance in daily living. Promoting patient participation in therapeutic communities by fostering increased self-reliance and independence through education and involvement of their treatment plan; reporting any changes in patient condition or behavior in a timely manner to the appropriate personnel on the ward; being able to concisely describe and report any subtle behavior changes and interactions among patients and nursing staff. Performing patient care treatments such as foot soaks or changes of sterile dressings; encouraging patients to maintain self-care and monitoring their physical and emotional progress using the designated charting techniques; maintaining a safe and secure environment oriented toward future independent living; adhering to all Medical Center policies and procedures as directed. The preferred candidate will have prior experience in an Inpatient Psychiatry/Behavioral Health setting and/or an educational background in Behavioral Health/Psychology or related fields. This is a Bargaining Unit position. Work Schedule: Rotating tours to include evenings/nights/weekends/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.