U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$33,718.00 to $43,835.00
Open & closing dates
$33,718 to $43,835 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Las Vegas, NV
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
The VA Southern Nevada Health Care System is currently seeking a highly energetic and motivated individual to join our Nursing team as an Intermittent Nursing Assistants at the North Las Vegas VA. Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and a great place to work and play. Las Vegas is a city with an increasingly diverse and unique quality of life, while continuing to evolve with fresh new cultural offerings that appeal to a wide range of tastes and budgets. For more information please visit http://www.lvchamber.com/living-las-vegas
As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/
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This position will serve as an intermittent Nursing Assistant in Nursing service. The incumbents will work at the Veterans Affairs Southern Nevada Medical Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. Incumbents can work a variety of shifts in a variety of departments including, but not limited to, 6th floor (GE Medical Unit or 6 W-Surgical Unit), ICU/SOU, Emergency Department, Primary Care, Specialty Care, and 2E Behavioral Health Unit. These positions report to the Office of Nursing Service through the Associate Nurse Executive/Community Care Services. The incumbent is expected to provide assistance to other clinical areas of the hospital due to volume of workload and or staffing issues.
Duties of the Nursing Assistant will include and are not limited to:
Identify and report data relative to more complex patient situations including subtle changes in patient behavior or condition or variance related to neurological signs, vital signs and other parameters.
Monitor intake and output, vital signs, percent ingestion of meals, and other activities of daily living
Document in computerized patient record system and or required paper forms and assures accuracy and completeness
Assist patient with transfers from bed to chair, bed to bedside commode using proper body mechanics to ensure safety of patient and self.
Provide 1:1 observation for homicidal or suicidal patients, patients who are a danger to self or others or due to a high fall risk as directed by the Nurse Manager, Charge Nurse or designee
Escort Veteran to Mental Health Court held at Rawson Neal Psychiatric Hospital
Provide and remove patient meal trays as appropriate, remaining cognizant of patients with special diets or who are ordered to not receive anything by mouth.
Assist patients with activities of daily living, promoting independence and autonomy, including but not limited to bathing, bowel and bladder care, eating, and positioning for comfort.
Work as a transporter, transporting patients from unit to testing and back to unit and or assisting patients from car to clinic, etc.
Assist and chaperone physician during female patient clinic exam.
Monitoring patient flow, identifies existing and potential problem areas of delays in processing a Veteran's medical care request.
Initiate action with the clinical staff to expedite the care and ensures the smooth flow of patient care from reception through disposition
Monitor environment of care during 15 minute rounds and initiate corrective action to prevent patient injury, reporting problems and resolution to Nurse Manager, Charge Nurse or Designee.
Report observations of the condition of acute and chronic phase patients such as excessive vomiting, bleeding, type and amount of drainage, skin integrity, patency of airway, etc.
Answer patient call lights, in person or electronically, ensuring patient is passed to appropriate nursing staff
Accurately communicate a variety of physicians orders involving patient activities and route information to appropriate departments.
Applies established guidelines concerning the release of information on patient condition
Demonstrate flexibility, integrity and accountability with a work ethic that emphasizes excellence and quality
Work Schedule: Varies
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
US Citizens and Status Candidates
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
Job family (Series)
0621 Nursing Assistant
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Physical Requirements: Involves long periods, up to 8 hours, of moving about and between work units. Must be able to lift and/or move heavy objects over 45 pounds. Carry objects over 40 pounds for distances of at least 200 feet. Reaching above shoulders, use of fingers, both hands and legs required. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Ability to distinguish basic colors, shades of colors, depth perception. Near Vision correctable 13 to 16 to Jaeger 1 to 4. Assignments involve positioning patients and transferring them to wheelchairs, stretchers and beds by using proper body mechanics. Requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, twisting, pulling, pushing and repositioning patients or similar activities without limitation. Regular and recurring exposure to infection and contagious diseases, requires special gloves, gowns or mask.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
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 - One full year of education 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 be accepted.
Proficient in spoken and written English.
Experience - One full year of directly related work experience with progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level which demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities that are directly related the the specific assignment.
Preferred Experience: Certification as a Nursing Assistant by a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States of America
Grade Determinations: The GS-05 level is the full performance level for Nursing Assistants. 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/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other patients/residents who are in acute, sub acute or chronic states of illness. The distinguishing factor is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. Nursing Assistants at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role. Nursing Assistants at the GS-05 level must be able to demonstrate professional knowledge, skills and abilities below:
1. 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.
2. Ability to communicate orally 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.
3. 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 Qualification Standard Dated March 12, 2015.
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-05 to GS-05.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets
site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Form VA 10-2850C
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), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
Form VA 10-2850C
Other Veterans Document
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
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 02/23/2018 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login
, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Agency contact information
Las Vegas VA Medical Center
6900 North Pecos Road
North Las Vegas, NV
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Website : http://www.va.gov/
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.