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Certified Nursing Assistant

VA Medical Center


Location:
Washington, DC
Date:
05/11/2018
2018-05-112018-06-17
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Job Details


Summary

This announcement will close at 11:59 pm EST on the day that 50 Applicants have applied or on the established closing date. It is to your benefit to apply early to ensure your application is submitted prior to closing.

This announcement will be used to fill a position in the Primary Care Unit at the VHA Washington, DC VA Medical Center (VAMC) as a Certified Nursing Assistant

Work Schedule: 8 and 12 hour shifts; may rotate through all shifts; weekends and holidays required
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required




Duties

These positions are located within Nursing Service at the Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Nursing Assistant performs complex nursing care procedures according to established procedures. She/he will carry a direct patient assignment for a group of patients and assist others with completion of the workload of the assigned area. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Bathes, shaves, gives oral hygiene, shampoos hair, provides nail care, and active range of motion activity
  • Positions, holds, turns, ambulates, and transfers patients as indicated
  • Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment by keeping assigned area in an orderly and sanitary condition
  • Collects and labels specimens of sputum, urine (routine and sterile), feces, and assists with the collection of other sterile specimens, as directed by the team leader for storage and/or delivery to the laboratory
  • Measures and records vital signs, height and weight, intake and output
  • Assists members of health care team by obtaining necessary supplies and equipment
  • Observes, reports, and records changes in patient's physical or emotional status, i.e. signs and symptoms that may require interventions or treatment, e.g., respiratory distress, cyanosis aspiration, infiltration of IV fluids, blood transfusion reaction, unusual behavior, non-verbal signs of pain, stress, or withdrawal
  • Helps instruct or interpret instructions to patients or family to obtain cooperation in treatments
  • Performs cleansing of wounds, changes sterile dressings on complex wounds that require chemical debridement or deep packing
  • Performs oral, nasopharyngeal or tracheostomy suctioning
  • Teaches by example demonstrating to other personnel and patients proper techniques and treatment principles in performing basic Nursing Service procedures
  • Operates and monitors commonly used electrocardiographic equipment including 12-lead electrocardiogram and accessories
  • Performs clerical and receptionist duties as needed that include but are not limited to: assisting patients with administrative admission and discharge procedures, assembling patient medical records and answering the telephone; and
  • Performs all other duties as assigned







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Job Details



Application Open Date

5/8/2018



Application Close Date

5/28/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

None



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  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section

    • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

      Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

      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.

      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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.





  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section

    • 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: Successful completion of one (1) year of education above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
      • English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. Nursing Assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.

      Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

      (1) GS-3 [NA] (Entry Level)

      (a) Experience [and] Education [ ]. None beyond the basic requirements.

      (b) Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 [NAs] are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.

      (2) GS-4 [NA]

      (a) Experience. One year of specialized experience as a [NA] 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,

      (b) Education. 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

      (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

      1. Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents.

      2. Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner.

      3. 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.

      4. Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals.
      d) Assignment

      1. Individuals assigned as GS-4 [NAs] are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised. [NAs] at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist higher graded [NAs], licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team 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 significant factor is that they provide care under close supervision and refer issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded [NAs] or other healthcare professionals.

      2. In this role, the Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher graded [NAs], licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care, or other patients who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The Nursing Assistant in this role provides care under close supervision and refers issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded [NAs], or other healthcare professionals.

      (3) GS-5 [NA] (Full Performance Level)

      (a) Experience. 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 KSAs in subparagraph (c) below;

      OR,

      (b) Education. 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

      (c) Demonstrated KSAs

      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 [NAs] 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.

      (d) Assignment. This is the full performance level for [NAs]. [NAs] 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. [NAs] at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role.

      References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46 Nursing Assistant, dated March 12, 2015. http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

      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.

      Physical Requirements: In accordance with physical requirements in VA Handbook 5019, the work will require long periods of regular and recurring standing and walking (8 hours) with regular and recurring heavy lifting (45 pounds and over) and positioning of patients while maintaining balance. The person in this position must be able to bend, stoop, squat, kneel, move body and extremities quickly; push and pull equipment; carry equipment and supplies (heavy 45 pounds and over) without personal limitations or physical restrictions; protracted periods of sitting with an assigned patient may be required; and physical endurance and physical tolerance is required for an 8 hour shift as assigned. The person in this position should be alert to the possibility of patient assaultiveness and may need to protect herself/himself using non-abusive physical intervention techniques; must have full range of motion of each joint; must be able to grasp, maintain balance, and lower a patient safely to the floor unassisted while physically controlling a violent patient. She/he must have fine motor skills and must be emotionally and mentally stable.




  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section





  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section

    • 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 05/28/2018 to receive consideration.

      1. 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.
      2. 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.




  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section

    • Series: 0621-Nursing Assistant


      Job Pay Type: Per Year


      Job Openings: 1


      Job Position: CAYZ-10196213-18-LN




      These positions are located within Nursing Service at the Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Nursing Assistant performs complex nursing care procedures according to established procedures. She/he will carry a direct patient assignment for a group of patients and assist others with completion of the workload of the assigned area. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

      • Bathes, shaves, gives oral hygiene, shampoos hair, provides nail care, and active range of motion activity
      • Positions, holds, turns, ambulates, and transfers patients as indicated
      • Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment by keeping assigned area in an orderly and sanitary condition
      • Collects and labels specimens of sputum, urine (routine and sterile), feces, and assists with the collection of other sterile specimens, as directed by the team leader for storage and/or delivery to the laboratory
      • Measures and records vital signs, height and weight, intake and output
      • Assists members of health care team by obtaining necessary supplies and equipment
      • Observes, reports, and records changes in patient's physical or emotional status, i.e. signs and symptoms that may require interventions or treatment, e.g., respiratory distress, cyanosis aspiration, infiltration of IV fluids, blood transfusion reaction, unusual behavior, non-verbal signs of pain, stress, or withdrawal
      • Helps instruct or interpret instructions to patients or family to obtain cooperation in treatments
      • Performs cleansing of wounds, changes sterile dressings on complex wounds that require chemical debridement or deep packing
      • Performs oral, nasopharyngeal or tracheostomy suctioning
      • Teaches by example demonstrating to other personnel and patients proper techniques and treatment principles in performing basic Nursing Service procedures
      • Operates and monitors commonly used electrocardiographic equipment including 12-lead electrocardiogram and accessories
      • Performs clerical and receptionist duties as needed that include but are not limited to: assisting patients with administrative admission and discharge procedures, assembling patient medical records and answering the telephone; and
      • Performs all other duties as assigned






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 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

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We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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