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Job of the Week | Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (IPU) Nursing Assistant

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Nursing Assistants are an integral part of the nursing care team in direct service to Veterans and families, working in all inpatient units in the medical center.

Nursing Assistants on the  Inpatient Psychiatric Unit provide a wide range of direct patient care and personal care duties under the direction of the nurse manager. They assist in treatments, procedures and diagnostic examinations of Veteran patients. As part of the nursing team, they also provide more than just health care, they also look out for the psychological, social, and spiritual well-being of Veterans.

“It’s cool to build a relationship with the Veterans. Usually, we get to know them the most because we're on the unit seeing the Veterans in some cases every 15 minutes,” said Jordan Clarke, nursing assistant.

Clarke has worked in the inpatient psychiatric unit at VA Salt Lake City for nearly four years, working with Veterans in a mental health crisis or detoxing from drugs or alcohol. He says the best part of working inpatient psychiatric unit is getting to know the Veterans. He worked as a nursing assistance in the psychiatric unit of  a private medical center before coming to VA and says the big difference is the mission: the VA wants to help Veterans succeed.

“Here the Veteran is the center of attention, ensuring they get the care they need and get better that’s our mission and our goal,” said Clarke.

If you want to build a rewarding career helping Veterans and work for one of the nation’s best large employers, VA Salt Lake City has open positions for Nursing Assistants.

To apply head to USAJOBS - Job Announcement

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