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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Student Nurse Technician (Acute Psychiatry) in Portland, Oregon

Summary The Student Nurse Technician (SNT) provides a variety of nursing care duties in accordance with the duties, knowledge and skills identified in this functional statement. Incumbents will be given opportunities to provide basic nursing care and procedures in alignment with the competencies learned in the academic setting and validated by VA staff to provide care to patients/residents, and in accordance with established VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) policies. Responsibilities The SNT will attend to needed and vital requirements of the patient/resident and ensure all regulatory and hospital guidelines and practices are followed, providing for a positive care experience within VAPORHCS. MAJOR DUTIES Provides direct care for acute, long-term, perioperative, and psychiatric patients/residents according to established VAPORHCS policies and nursing procedures. Observes patients/residents for overt or subtle changes in conditions and promptly reports changes to supervising Registered Nurse (RN), e.g., changes in behavior, mood, skin coloring, or appetite. Documents care given, observations, and responses on appropriate tools or forms. Assures receipt of adequate nutritional intake either through observation of patient/resident or assisting the patient/resident with their nutritional needs, i.e., feeding the patient/resident. Monitors and documents intake and output according to established procedures. Recognizes the patient's/resident's autonomy and promotes independence by means of respect, limit setting, and individualized treatment. Contributes to the plan of care with the health care team TECHNICAL COMPETENCE Performs skin care (including massages and simple dressings), application of braces, and prosthetic devices according to established procedures. Administers nursing care to patients/residents, such as baths, showers, enemas, treatments and minor dressing changes as assigned. Assists patients/residents in achieving optimum muscle functioning by positioning, turning and providing active or passive range of motion. Moves, lifts and transfers patients/residents as assigned with equipment provided including, but not limited to: ceiling lifts, floor-based lifts, and air-assisted lateral transfer devices. Assists with patient/resident activities utilizing rehabilitative and supportive nursing care as identified in the plan of care. Assists patient/resident to eat and/or drink prescribed diet to prevent choking and provide ease in eating. Participates in structured activities including, but not limited to: groups, orientation and diversional activities based on patient/resident care needs identified in the plan of care. As indicated, participates in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, sharing observations and patient/resident response to intervention. Collects data for assessment/reassessment and unit level performance improvement activities. Orients new patients/residents to the unit. Takes vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature), height and weight and records in CPRS according to nursing policies and procedures. Vital signs are recorded and progress notes are completed thoroughly and accurately by the end of the tour. Based on the assigned area, performs selected nursing care procedures such as: blood glucose monitoring, wound care, established colostomy care, tube feeding (exclusive of tube insertion), tracheotomy care (exclusive of tracheotomy tube replacement), oxygen therapy, deep breathing and coughing and specimen collection according to written policies and procedures. Assists health care providers with procedures by assembling equipment, positioning/holding patient/resident, and/or handling equipment/instruments. Prepares patients/residents for diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedures. Maintains stock levels of supplies Work Schedule: Intermittent; no standard tour of duty. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement, 10/22/2021. 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. Proficient in the English language. Must be enrolled and in good standing as a sophomore or junior nursing student in an accredited nursing program: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) OR the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Preferred Experience: Mental Health, Acute care and/or Memory Care experience preferred. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Straight pulling, .25 hours; Pulling hand over hand, .25 hours; Pushing , .5 hours; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking, .6 hours; Standing, 2 hours; Kneeling, .5 hours; Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable to 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish colors and shades of colors; Hearing, aid may be permitted; Mental and emotional stability required. Environmental Factors: Outside and inside; Excessive noise; Slippery or uneven surfaces; Working closely with others; Protracted or irregular hours of work. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: Additional Information Testing Designated Position: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.