Nurses at IVH
Nursing Services at the Iowa Veterans Home
There is a nurse responsible to each resident to assist in providing for meeting their daily and basic needs. A resident's nurse works with them and/or their family in developing a 24-hour plan of care by which all nursing staff can assist them in meeting their needs. This plan covers activities of daily living, including eating, dressing, bathing, ambulating, and ways to maintain or gain independence and improve health and comfort. This plan will guide staff in caring for residents and will assist residents in reaching their goals. To achieve a high level of independence, nurses teach residents self-care methods, including rehab techniques and good health practices. Nurses monitor a resident's medication, communicates any problems identified to the team, and listen to their daily concerns. Open communication between a resident and their nurse will ensure that the plan of care is as the resident wants it to be.
Nursing care is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to all residents at the Home. For Heinz Hall residents, nursing services are provided in a way which is similar to community public health. Regular clinics are provided during daytime hours to provide needed nursing and medical services. Nurses from other buildings will respond to any needs all other hours.