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Nursing Assistant - Acute Care

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

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Bay Pines, FL

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The incumbent serves as a Nursing Assistant in the Nursing Service-Acute Care Unit, at the C.W. Bill Young Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Bay Pines, Florida. As a Nursing Assistant, you will assist Physicians and Nurses in the care and treatment of Veterans receiving medical, surgical, and inpatient treatment. Major duties include, but not limited to: Observes and reports to the professional nurse changes in patient behavior, attitude, bodily complaints, and appearance. Performs simple treatment procedures such as changing non-sterile dressings; applying or removing binders, arm slings, dressing, and bandages. Applying hot and cold packs. Performs standardized treatment procedures such as: applying external catheters, performing oral suction/trach, or monitoring the flow of oxygen. Observes patients for change in condition (deviation in color, pulse, respiration, temperature, and blood pressure) and reports them to the nurse. Reports condition of wounds and skin, and reaction to or results of treatments. Obtain veterans' vital signs, weights, intake/outputs and enters them in the patients' records in CPRS. Enters progress notes onto the patients' records or charts. Performs a wide variety of duties aimed at increasing the comfort and spirit of the patient. Transports patients via wheel chair or gurney, and/or accompanies ambulatory patients who need assistance, to various areas within the medical center including clinics, diagnostic areas, and treatment areas. Provide personal care duties or Activity of Daily Living (ADL) such as bathing or feeding patients. Takes care of patient's non-routine care and comfort needs for psycho/social/spiritual well being, personal hygiene, physical comfort, nutrition, elimination, prevention of skin breakdown, rehabilitation, and/or restorative nursing care and safety, etc. Teaches patients and family members the necessity to continue the procedures for proper health care. Assists with general health education, e.g., reminds patients/family/care providers of importance of skin care and position changes. Work Schedule: Work schedules will vary based upon the current vacancy and the needs of the Service. Financial Disclosure Report: Not RequiredBasic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English language proficiency - Must be proficient in spoken and written English. Education or Training. One year about 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-03. Grade Determinations: GS-3 (Entry Level): Experience and Education: None beyond the Basic Requirements. Individuals assigned as GS-3 Nursing Assistants are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised. GS-04: In addition to the Basic Requirements above, to qualify for this position at the GS-4 level, you must meet one of the following requirements: Experience: You must have at least one (1) full 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 Education: Successful completion of two (2) years of education 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 Nursing Assistant position, such as education in a program for psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technicians. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. AND In addition to the experience or education above, at the GS-4 level, you must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) below: Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents. Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's 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/residents, their families and other health professionals. GS-05 (Full Performance Level): In addition to the Basic Requirements above, to qualify for this position at the GS-5 level, you must meet one of the following requirements: Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-4) which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the Nursing Assistant specific assignment. OR Education: Successful completion of four (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. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. AND In addition to the experience or education above, at the GS-5 level, you must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) below: Ability to assist in the full range of nursing care to patients/residents 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 in person with patients/residents, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. This includes serving as a preceptor to new Nursing Assistants by assisting with the coordination of their orientation and overseeing/assessing their practical experience while in a clinical setting. Ability to recognize and react to emergent patient/resident care situations and intervene while waiting for assistance. For example, recognizing need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc. References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46 Nursing Assistant, dated March 12, 2015. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-05.Physical Requirements: In accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u). Nursing Assistant Functional Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling moderate; Pushing moderate; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking; Standing; Kneeling; Repeated bending; Climbing, legs only; Both legs required; Near vision correctable at 13\ to 16\ to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Other, Emotional stability ability to hear whispered voice; Slippery or uneven walking surfaces; Working with hands in water; working closely with others; Protracted or irregular hours of work. Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process.To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: Resume or CV. (Required) 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. (Required) If current or former federal employee, include your latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. This is a required form and must be submitted with your application. (No Award SF-50s will be accepted) you must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, \Notification of Personnel Action.\ This is the most recent SF-50 that indicates proof of status (If you are a career or a career-conditional employee) and identifies your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). (Available in your e-OPF). (If applicable). If prior military service, your DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy), and VA Letter. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must include VA Letter, and also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, (plus the proof required by the SF 15). (If Applicable) Copy of Transcripts/Degree Certificate (Unofficial). (If Applicable) Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment. (Optional) Please Note: Application package MUST contain: Resume or CV. VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations. Failure to submit, will result in an ineligible rating, and lost of consideration. 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), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). Cover LetterDD-214OF-306OtherOther Veterans DocumentResumeSF-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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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
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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.

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