The Community Living Center Restorative Care Nursing Assistant for Inpatient Geriatric Services is assigned to the Office of Chief Nurse Executive at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, Illinois. FHCC is a VA and DoD dually integrated healthcare center providing care services to Veterans, Active-Duty Military Personnel, and their beneficiaries, including outpatient pediatric services. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education or Training. One year above high school with courses related to the [NA] occupation. Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3. English Language Proficiency. [NAs] must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Creditable Experience (1) Knowledge of Current Practice. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the current practice. (2) Quality of Experience. To be creditable, [NA] experience must be documented on the application or resume and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means. (3) Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a [NA] is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a [NA] employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. GS-5 [NA] (Full Performance Level) (a) Experience. One year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-4 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (c) below; OR, (b) Education. Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included 24 semester hours of courses related to health care or possession of a bachelor's degree; AND (c) Demonstrated KSAs Ability to assist in the full range of nursing care to patients/residents with physical and/or behavioral problems in a hospital, long term care or outpatient setting under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse. Ability to communicate orally with patients/residents, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. This includes serving as a preceptor to new [NAs] by assisting with the coordination of their orientation and overseeing/assessing their practical experience while in a clinical setting. Ability to recognize and react to emergent patient/resident care situations and intervene while waiting for assistance. For example, recognizing need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc. (d) Assignment. This is the full performance level for [NAs]. [NAs] at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other patients/residents who are in acute, sub acute or chronic states of illness. The distinguishing factor is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. [NAs] at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role. Preferred Experience: Geriatrics/Restorative experience; preferred. References: VA Handbook 5005/81 Part II, Appendix G46 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. Physical Requirements: Duties require regular and recurring periods of standing and walking. Duties may require intermittent periods of bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, pushing, and similar activities. The employee may, on occasion, defend self and others from the physical attack of residents and also prevents residents from performing destructive acts against self and the environment. ["VISN 12 is committed to fostering and sustaining an environment which celebrates diversity, provides equitable opportunities for employment and promotion, and supports inclusiveness in our culture. Together, we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that promote professional growth and teamwork, and are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We embrace our differences as individuals and unite as a team toward a common goal: to serve our nation's Veterans. The Green House model is aligned within the Inpatient Geriatric Services Division and is a program of the Community Living Center. The Green House model is based on the premise of a de-institutionalized effect that restores individuals to a home setting within the VA community, maximizing both privacy and the positive experiences of living in a community. The nurse manager leadership style and direction maybe denoted as the \"Guide\" as an expected practice for the FHCC small homes through the trademark of The Green House Project. The model combines small homes with the full range of high-level personal care and skilled nursing clinical services expected in high-quality nursing homes. The Green House Project offers an innovative national model for long term care that returns control, dignity, and a sense of well-being to veterans, their families, and direct care staff. The Community Living Center is committed to providing resident-centered care. Residents-centered care identifies an approach to providing health care where the treatment plan is driven by the needs, preferences, and life-long habits of the residents. Care is individualized to each resident, and the resident is a participant in their own care when possible. Attention is paid to ensure that care meets the age-appropriate, cultural, and religious needs and preferences of each resident. The routines, work processes, procedures, and schedules in the CLC revolve around the needs of the resident. The resident's stated preferences and needs are the foundation for making shared, informative decisions involving the resident, family, or friend and CLC staff. CLC staff problem-solve with the resident and other facility staff and depa11ments to ensure the resident's needs and goals of care are met. The Restorative Care Nursing Assistant works in the Community Living Center area and functions as an integral member of the Interdisciplinary Medical Team to provide healthcare which maximizes the quality of life for our residents. Care is individualized to each resident, and the resident is a participant in his/her own care 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 resident. Each resident is provided care with dignity and respect. The position provides support to the Clinical positions located within the Community Living Center. This incumbent supports staff providing restorative and assistant nursing care. Major Duties and Responsibilities Responsible for assisting residents in Rehabilitative/Restorative and Maintenance Nursing Care functions with the purpose of facilitating optimal capability for and with the resident. Performs in accordance with the prescription of the directing discipline with all activities: Provides hands on support for residents in: progressive mobility programs such as ambulation, bed mobility, and transfer, including strengthening and endurance exercise and range of motion (ROM). application of prosthetic equipment and splint & brace use. cognitive re-orientation. dining and eating programs. communication programs. dressing and grooming programs. scheduled toileting and bladder retraining program. Document's activity in accordance with established guidelines. Attends care plan conferences as appropriate. Assists therapists with treatments according to facility policies and procedures. Performs restorative/rehabilitation and maintenance program procedures mid activities as ordered. Communicates progress to all disciplines on a weekly basis. Teaches residents regarding rehabilitations/restorative techniques as directed by the discipline. Participates in regularly scheduled in-service programs related to restorative and maintenance topics. Performs comprehensive nursing care to long-term residents who typically present with complex medical and psychiatric conditions and related functional and/or cognitive deficits. Deficits require the resident to receive partial or maximal assistance with the activities of daily living. Active member of the Restorative Care Team. Work Schedule: Mid Shift 10:00am - 6:30pm with rotation to other shifts as needed to include weekends and holidays.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial 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.