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Nursing Assistant - 7E

VA Medical Center


Location:
West Haven, CT 06516
Date:
10/11/2018
2018-10-112018-11-15
Categories:
  • Medical/Surgical
  • LPN/LVN
  • Long Term Care
  • Infection Control
  • Operating Room/PACU
  • Home Health
  • Psychiatric/Behavioral Health
  • Camp Nurse
  • Emergency Services
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Job Details

Summary
Duties

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Performs assigned technical procedures, such as blood glucose monitoring and quality controls, taking and recording blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration, height, weight.
  • Assists with the admission, transfer and discharge of patients. Prepares patient care rooms for admissions or transfers.
  • Practices techniques and principles of infection control, transmission precautions, etc.
  • Documents vital signs, nursing care and belongings inventory list in the electronic medical record and on appropriate flow sheet.
  • Observes patients and reports changed in appearance, including physical and emotion reactions.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: One evening position-3:30pm-Midnight, one night position-11:30pm-8:00am. May rotate to other shifts when necessary. Must be available on weekends and holidays.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
graph of estimated pay ranges
$30,449
$49,721
Job Details
Application Open Date
10/10/2018

Application Close Date
10/30/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
15511-Agency Employees Only

Status
Full-Time


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

      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:
      U.S. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
      Education or Training: One year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant (NA) occupation. Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant.
      English Language Proficiency: NAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.

      GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
      GS-3 NA: Entry Level
      (a) Experience and Education: None beyond the basic requirements.
      (b) Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 [NA] are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.

      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 commun ication 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.

      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 KSA's:
      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.

      Physical Requirements: Duties require extensive period of standing, sitting and walking. Working with patients requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching and similar activities. The employee provides physical restraints for confused or combative patients as necessary. The incumbent must be physically able to lift to meet the physical standards of the position as evaluated by Employee Health. The incumbent is able to rotate to all tour of duty, weekends and holidays and may be reassigned to other nursing sections to meet our veterans patients needs. In an emergency, to meet patient care needs, the incumbent may be required to work overtime.

      References: VA Handbook 5005/81 Part II, Appendix G46. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

      The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-05.
  • 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 10/30/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10323117

      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:
      Job Position: CBBI-10323117-19-DD

      Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

      • Performs assigned technical procedures, such as blood glucose monitoring and quality controls, taking and recording blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration, height, weight.
      • Assists with the admission, transfer and discharge of patients. Prepares patient care rooms for admissions or transfers.
      • Practices techniques and principles of infection control, transmission precautions, etc.
      • Documents vital signs, nursing care and belongings inventory list in the electronic medical record and on appropriate flow sheet.
      • Observes patients and reports changed in appearance, including physical and emotion reactions.
      • Completes other duties as assigned.
      Work Schedule: One evening position-3:30pm-Midnight, one night position-11:30pm-8:00am. May rotate to other shifts when necessary. Must be available on weekends and holidays.
      Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 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.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

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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