The Health Care aid at the Health Care System VISN and facility levels. The position is responsible for delivering a broad array of health care services throughout the Medical Center, and it's various locations that provide in patient care, such as but not limited to the living centers. The Health Aid is responsible for performing selected patient/resident related transports to different areas such as, x-rays, CT Scan, MRI, Prosthetics, Sonography and other related areas. Provides holistic in-patient care to Veterans in a manner conducive to the comfort and safety of those in the facility hospital units, living centers and/or household. The primary role is to protect, sustain, and nurture the resident by providing assistance as needed with activities of daily living, and with other needs as required in accordance with established policies and procedures to assure that the highest degree of resident's quality of life and care is maintained. The incumbent is expected to work independently and or as a part of the team. Able to provide care for a group of patients/residents of varying ages. Able to determine the differences of both physical and psychological effects of aging and/or physical/mental impairments. Uses and follows proper hand hygiene, universal precautions and general infection control principles. Educates, role models, and assists inpatients/residents and families in adhering to infection control principles throughout the facility. Provides a range of personal care as needed to include bathing, toileting, hair and nail care, and dressing in personal clothing while maintaining privacy and dignity of inpatient/resident. Assists as needed with eating, drinking, positioning/ turning, ambulating, transferring, and escorting inpatients/residents. Implements facility guidelines for the prevention of pressure ulcers. Maintains general cleanliness of the inpatient/resident's environment including emptying and cleaning urinals, bed pans, GU bags and suction bottles, and disposing of dirty linen and disposable briefs. Assists as needed with laundering and distributing resident's personal clothing. Distributes canteen books and incidentals. Provides postmortem care including care of the body, collecting personal effects and transporting the deceased to the morgue. Utilizes specialized equipment such as ceiling lifters, Maxi lifters, wheelchair movers, steady and electric stretchers according to Safe Patient Handling and Movement Policy. Incumbent carries records, reports, laboratory specimens, x-rays, prosthetic equipment and patient prescriptions to designated areas, excluding control substance. Work Schedule: Fort Harrison:0500 - 1330, 0630 - 1500, 0730 - 1600, or 1200 - 2030 Billings 0700-1530 or 0730-1600 Position Description Title/PD#: Health Aid/ 99917-A Physical Requirements: Duties require extensive periods of standing and walking. Working with residents requires regular and recurring bending, lifting (not to exceed 35 pounds), reaching, carrying, stooping, stretching and similar activities. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
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.