The Health Care Technician provides a diverse range of clinical services supportive to the delivery of quality patient care. The position combines the responsibility of Nursing Assistant and selected aspects of phlebotomy, EKG, respiratory care, activity oriented exercises, and nutrition assistance. Major Duties include (but are not limited to) the following: - Establish helpful relationships with patients and others; interacts in a courteous manner; explains patient care provided. Provides emotional support, friendly assistance, sympathetic understanding and encouragement to patients/families. - Contributes to patients well-being by providing assistance with personal hygiene, bowel/bladder care, physical comfort and a clean and safe environment. - Provides appropriate support to patients in meeting their nutritional needs by clearing overbed tables, placing meal trays/ nourishments within easy reach, preparing food/beverages, obtaining additional items, feeding patients, recording intake and clearing trays. Adds prescribed nourishment to existing continuous tube feeding setup. - Performs, reports and record measurements, such as vital signs, intake and output, pulse oximetry, glucose finger stick and other parameters - Identifies obvious patient problems, symptoms, behavioral changes and deviations from normal in a timely manner to the appropriate Registered Nurse. - Performs EKG as directed and provides results to Registered Nurse. - Collects urine, stool, sputum, and blood specimens by phlebotomy using appropriate procedures. Accurately labels all specimens and delivers tp laboratory as indicated. - Provides selected respiratory care, such as incentive breathing exercises, turn, deep breath, and cough, oxygen therapy, monitoring of MDI self-administration and oral/pharyngeal suctioning under the direction of the RN and/or respiratory therapist. - Applies appropriate principles of body mechanics and patient safety in assisting patients with movement positioning, ambulation and transportation. Provides activity orient exercises under direction of the RN and/ or rehabilitation therapist. Uses assistive devices appropriately. - Assists nurses/physicians with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures performed on the unit. Safely transports patients to off unit appointments. - Applies principles of infection control when performing direct and indirect patient care assignments - Assists in emergency situations and initiates CPR when indicated. - Records care given and objective/subjective patient observations on appropriate medical record forms. - Correctly and safely uses equipment and supplies. Cleans and returns equipment to appropriate location and reports needs for equipment repair to the appropriate person. - Maintains a safe, clean and orderly work environment through routine maintenance activities such as ordering and stocking equipment and supplies; cleaning equipment and patient care areas; providing proper containment/ disposal of discarded materials; reporting maintenance and security problems to appropriate personnel. - Contributes to creating a work climate that encourages positive staff morale, motivation, and commitment for all who participate in the care of patients. Answers telephone and call lights courteously, and relays messages in a timely fashion. - Follows policies and procedures to: ensure safety for patients, staff and self. Identifies and immediately reports safety hazards to supervisors. - Seeks guidance/clarification of instructions from appropriate individuals as needed. Completes patient care assignments within reasonable period and keeps Registered Nurse informed. Work Schedule: 6 full-time vacancies, and 1 part time vacancy - Tour may be days, afternoon/evenings, or nights and will be discussed upon selection Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician/PD04341A Physical Requirements: Physical requirements include extensive periods of standing and walking. Patient care activities require regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, pushing and similar activities using appropriate body mechanics and other assistive devices for patient and/or equipment movement and transfer. ·The employee protects self and others from injury
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.