U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$30,449.00 to $49,721.00
Open & closing dates
$30,449 to $49,721 per year
Pay scale & grade
GS 3 - 5
3 vacancies in the following location:
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.
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 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.
The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.
The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define who we are, our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (I CARE). America's Veterans need you!
The Northport VA Medical Center is located on the north shore of Long Island, and is committed to serving veterans throughout Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties). The Northport VA Medical Center is always improving the health of men and women who have proudly served our nation. Our Mission: Honor America's veterans by providing exceptional care that improves their health and overall well-being. Our Vision: To be a patient-centered, integral health care delivery organization for veterans providing excellent care, research and education; an organization where people choose to work; an active community partner; and a back-up for national emergencies. All employees of the Northport VA Medical Center are responsible for supporting the delivery of personalized, proactive, patient-centered care.
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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
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
US Citizens and Non-Citizens
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
0621 Nursing Assistant
Assistants, Psychiatric Technician
Psychiatric Technician Assistants
Conditions of Employment
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
Training-Service Agreement and Mobility Agreement required
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.
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;
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;
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.
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
Public Trust - Background Investigation
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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).
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.
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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 02/26/2018 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.
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Agency contact information
Northport VA Medical Center
79 Middleville Road Building 200
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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.