U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Nursing Assistant (NA) vacancies exists in the Extended Care Clinical Division in the Community Living Centers (CLC). The Nursing Assistant functions with minimal direction for routine and recurring functions, with support of a Registered Nurse/LPN. The NA delivers safe and timely care based on evidence based practices and a true caring for the Resident Veteran population with chronic as well as acute health issues. Below is a list of some of the major functions that the Nursing Assistant may be expected to perform but is not all-inclusive: Ability to implement a full range of nursing care to residents with physical and/or behavioral problems in a long term care setting under the direction of an RN and/or LPN. Incumbent observes and reports physical, emotional, behavioral and psychosocial aspects of the resident's condition. Provides complete personal hygiene care needs, turns and positions residents to maintain proper body alignment, lifts, ambulates, and transfers residents. Promotes the physical independence of the resident by encouraging and teaching individual residents and groups of residents in self-care activities, such as progressive steps in personal hygiene, bathing, and oral care, also assists in teaching and encouraging other care activities such as eating, dressing, undressing, and other training as needed. Participates in the admission of residents by providing a secure, reassuring milieu, orienting residents to the unit, checking them for contraband when indicated and assisting the registered nurse in implementing the nursing admission procedure. Assists with treatments, prepares equipment, performs selected procedures after appropriate instruction, observes infection control practices, and implements bowel and bladder programs. The candidate leads by example in defining a customer service culture to ensure that all customers are treated with respect, dignity and civility.Demonstrates appropriate communication and interpersonal skills with Veteran residents, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. They serve as members of the treatment team in motivating residents and directing their behavior toward achieving treatment plan goals. Work Schedule: Day Tour with Rotation: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, including weekends, holidays, evenings and nights Evening Tour: 4:00 PM- 12:00 AM, including weekends and holidays Night Tour: 12:00 AM- 8:00 AM, including weekends and holidays 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. Education or Training: One year above high school with courses related to the nursing assistant occupation. Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS- 3. Physical Requirements: All applicants must meet the physical requirements for this position. English Language Proficiency: Nursing Assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements noted above the following criteria must be met. For GS- 3 (Entry Level): None beyond the basic requirements as noted above. Individuals assigned as GS- 3 nursing assistant are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised. For GS- 4: One year of specialized experience as a nursing assistant or experience in another medical field (licensed practical nurse, health technician, hospital corpsman, etc. performing technical and nursing skills requiring knowledge of the human physical and emotional states, therapeutic communication, and technical skills required for basic and intermediate treatments; OR Successful completion of 2 years above high school in an accredited institution with courses related to nursing care, health care or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position, such as education in a program for psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technicians AND the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Ability to provide a range of patient care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients. Ability to observe patients physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner. Ability to properly use equipment, materials and supplies in simple diagnostic and treatment procedures such as bladder scan, continuous passive motion device, blood glucose monitoring machine, specimen collection, etc. Ability to communicate effectively with patients, their families and other health professionals. Assignment: Individuals assigned to GS- 4 are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised at this grade level. In this role, the nursing assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assist higher graded nursing assistants, licensed nursing staff and other members of the care team in the care of patients receiving care. For GS- 5 : One year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS- 4 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities below; OR Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included 24 semester hours of courses related to health care or possession of a bachelor's degree AND the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities. Ability to assist in the full range of nursing care to patients with physical and/or behavioral problems in a hospital, long term care or outpatient setting under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse. Ability to communicate orally with patients families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. This includes serving as a preceptor to new Nursing Assistants by assisting with coordination of their orientation and overseeing/assessing their practical experience while in a clinical setting. Ability to recognize and react to emergent patient care situations and intervene while waiting for assistance. For example, recognizing need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc. Assignment: This is the full performance level for GS- 5 Nursing Assistant. Nursing Assistants at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients. References: VA Handbook 5005/81; Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard Part II Appendix G46. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 5. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS- 3 to GS- 5. Preferred Experience: Current CNA certification strongly preferred 2-3 years long term care experience preferred Current American Heart Association BLS for healthcare providers credentials required Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast paced environment. Applicant must be self-motivated, possessing critical thinking and interpersonal relationship skills. Physical Requirements: The position requires walking, standing, bending, lifting, stooping, twisting, carrying, pulling, and pushing. It involved patient positioning and transferring to and from wheelchair and stretchers. This work requires the use of good body mechanics and appropriate safe patient handling equipment. When directed, the nursing assistant may need to remain with the patient for an extended period of time.To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: Resume VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). Cover LetterDD-214OtherOther Veterans DocumentResumeSF-15SF-50Transcript Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 \Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference\ with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.