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Nursing Assistant - Acute Care

VA Medical Center


Location:
Charleston, SC
Date:
10/05/2018
2018-10-052018-11-10
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Job Details

Summary
Duties

The Nursing Assistant works as a member of a team of other nursing personnel to provide direct care to inpatients and
outpatients. The NA is assigned to specific patients and duties but not limited to: vital signs including weights and pulse oximetry with
documentation, venipuncture/phlebotomy, acquisition of 12 Lead ECGs, finger stick blood sugar measurements, simple dressing changes,
measuring intake and output, managing/emptying drainage devices, helping the patient to transfer from the bed to a chair and back, toileting,
hygiene, ambulation, changes in position, comfort care, and other direct care related responsibilities. She/he may work in clinics screening
patients preoperatively/pre-procedural (i.e., EKG, phlebotomy, demographic, etc.) under the direction of a physician or midlevel provider in
outpatient clinics.

The Nursing Assistant is expected to demonstrate the knowledge and ability to proficiently carry out assigned patient care based
on the patients' conditions, use judgment in the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments, and complete work/assigned
duties with only a general view of his/her work by a licensed nurse for appropriateness and conformity with certification, policies, and
procedures:

Work Schedule: Various Schedules based on the Unit assigned. Available schedules will be discussed during the interview process.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

graph of estimated pay ranges
$26,587
$43,414
Job Details
Application Open Date
9/28/2018

Application Close Date
10/15/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
15511-Agency Employees Only

Status
Full-Time


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    • 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.

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      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. Non-citizens may 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 [NA] 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.
      Nursing Assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English

      Preferred Experience:
      • One year of specialized experience as a Nursing Assistant or experience in another medical field (health technician, hospital corpsman), observing, acting and/or reporting activities of the well and acutely ill patient that may require immediate attention in an inpatient ward or outpatient clinic.
      • Certification as a Nursing Assistant is preferred.

      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.

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

      GS-3 Nursing Assistant (NA) (Entry Level).
      Experience, Education and Certification. None beyond the basic requirements.
      Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.

      GS-4 Nursing Assistant (NA)

      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,

      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

      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.

      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 Nursing Assistant (NA) (Full Performance Level)

      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,

      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

      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.

      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 5005/71, Part II, Appendix G46. This can be found in the local Human Resources Offices.

      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: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. The position potentially requires long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or other psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
  • 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 10/15/2018 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: CBAY-10321294-18-BW

      The Nursing Assistant works as a member of a team of other nursing personnel to provide direct care to inpatients and
      outpatients. The NA is assigned to specific patients and duties but not limited to: vital signs including weights and pulse oximetry with
      documentation, venipuncture/phlebotomy, acquisition of 12 Lead ECGs, finger stick blood sugar measurements, simple dressing changes,
      measuring intake and output, managing/emptying drainage devices, helping the patient to transfer from the bed to a chair and back, toileting,
      hygiene, ambulation, changes in position, comfort care, and other direct care related responsibilities. She/he may work in clinics screening
      patients preoperatively/pre-procedural (i.e., EKG, phlebotomy, demographic, etc.) under the direction of a physician or midlevel provider in
      outpatient clinics.

      The Nursing Assistant is expected to demonstrate the knowledge and ability to proficiently carry out assigned patient care based
      on the patients' conditions, use judgment in the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments, and complete work/assigned
      duties with only a general view of his/her work by a licensed nurse for appropriateness and conformity with certification, policies, and
      procedures:

      Work Schedule: Various Schedules based on the Unit assigned. Available schedules will be discussed during the interview process.
      Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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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.

 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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