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Nursing Assistant

VA Medical Center


Location:
Denver, CO
Date:
12/20/2017
2017-12-202018-02-10
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Job Details


Summary

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 Denver VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) is complexity level 1a and provides a full range of state-of- the-art patient care services. We are also in the final stages of construction on a brand-new replacement Medical Center. Once completed, the new Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center will be one of the largest and newest VA hospitals in the US. The RMR VAMC will be a 182-bed hospital which will include a 30-bed spinal care injury treatment center. Located on the world class Anschutz Medical Campus, the new VA hospital will neighbor with the University of Colorado Hospital, the Children's Hospital of Colorado, and the University of Colorado Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health and Pharmacy. Denver offers a mild climate with year-round recreational activities, diverse cultural attractions, excellent schools and a wide range of housing options, lifestyles and sports. It will provide tertiary care and services to over 92,000 patients and is a major referral center for veterans living in Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, and New Mexico. ECHCS serves as an educational and research center, it is highly affiliated with medical and educational institutions. Health Care Services are provided at 15 different geographically dispersed locations incorporating nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics, two Primary Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinics, one Community Living Center, Homeless Veteran's Domiciliary, a Community Referral and Resource Center, a Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center and VA presence on two DOD bases; Fort Carson and U.S. Air Force Academy covering a geographical area of over 40,000 square miles. ECHCS employs over 3,000 personnel in 150 occupations.



Duties

The purpose of this position is to provide a range of patient care services on the medical inpatient and acute rehabilitation unit (4 South). The major duties of this position are:
Performs the variety of nursing care tasks including bathing, skin care, feedings, positioning, turning, and lifting patients.
Contributes to a safe, clean, and therapeutic environment for patients and staff by cleaning equipment and ward areas.
Observes safety, sanitary, and fire rules/regulations. Recognizes and reports safety hazards and the need to initiate measures to eliminate the hazard and prevent injury. Recognizes and reports emergencies and responds appropriately.
Cares for patients with communicable diseases for which standard precautions are required.
Measures and records intake and output.
Provides urinary/catheter care to include perineal hygiene.
Assists with the rehabilitation of patients and in the prevention of deformities by correct position, and assisting with activities of daily living including ambulation. Performs range of motion activities.
Takes and records vital signs to include temperature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure; and measuring height and weight.
Provides emotional support to patients/families. Respects patients' rights and dignity, including privacy and confidentiality.
Assists in supervising patients in transfer activities, personal hygiene, preventing spread of infectious diseases, and in the preventive and rehabilitative aspects of care.
Follows Medical Center and Nursing Service policies and procedures for inventorying and securing patients' belongings, to include valuables and prosthetic devices such as dentures, hearing aids, eyes, and limbs.
Observes and reports both obvious and more subtle changes in patients' condition or emotional status, e.g. signs of post-operative shock, hemorrhages, cyanosis, respiratory distress, aspiration of mucus, infiltration of IV fluids, or different or unusual behavior.
Collects urine, sputum, and stool specimens.
Initiates cardio-pulmonary resuscitation in accordance with established Medical Center Policy.
After receiving documented training and demonstrating competence, assists with setting up and operating special equipment.
Applies oxygen as directed by the Registered Nurse and assists the nurse with nebulization treatments (except ultrasonic). Medication for nebulization must be prepared/administered by the RN/LPN.
Participates in patient care conferences and contributes to the formulation of nursing care plans.
Observes and reports patient complaints, results of treatment performed, change inpatient's condition, behavior and/or attitude.
Assists with the admission, discharge, and transfer of patients according to Medical Center and Nursing Service Policy.
Performs any other assignments appropriate to level of training as directed by the nurse in charge.

Work Schedule: 40 hour work week variable shifts, 12 hour shifts and 8 hours shifts Candidate must be willing to work weekends, holidays, irregular work hours and extended hours.

Functional Statement Title/#: 000000 Nursing Assistant

Preferred Experience: Inpatient experience






graph of estimated pay ranges
$28,329

$46,261





Job Details



Application Open Date

12/20/2017



Application Close Date

1/12/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

Agency Employees Only - Appearing on USAJOBS



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.

      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.





  • 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.
      • Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
        t(1) GS-3 [NA] (Entry Level)
        t (a) Experience [and] Education [ ]. None beyond the basic requirements.
        t (b) Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 [NAs] are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.
        t (2) GS-4 [NA]
        t (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;
        t OR,
        t (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
        t (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
        t 1. Ability to provide a range of patient care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients.
        t 2. Ability to observe patients physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner.
        t 3. Ability to properly use equipment, materials and supplies in simple diagnostic and treatment procedures.
        t 4. Ability to communicate effectively with patients, their families and other health professionals.
        t (d) Assignment
        t 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.
        t 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.
        t (3) GS-5 [NA] (Full Performance Level)
        t (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;
        t OR,
        t (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
        t (c) Demonstrated KSAs
        t 1. Ability to assist in the full range of nursing care to patients with physical and/or behavioral problems in an outpatient setting under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse.
        t 2. Ability to communicate orally with patients, 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.
        t 3. 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.
        t (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.
        tReferences:
        tVA HANDBOOK 5005/81 PART II APPENDIX G46 CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.




  • 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 01/12/2018 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: 2


      Job Position: EC-118-18-NAS-10097423




      The purpose of this position is to provide a range of patient care services on the medical inpatient and acute rehabilitation unit (4 South). The major duties of this position are:
      Performs the variety of nursing care tasks including bathing, skin care, feedings, positioning, turning, and lifting patients.
      Contributes to a safe, clean, and therapeutic environment for patients and staff by cleaning equipment and ward areas.
      Observes safety, sanitary, and fire rules/regulations. Recognizes and reports safety hazards and the need to initiate measures to eliminate the hazard and prevent injury. Recognizes and reports emergencies and responds appropriately.
      Cares for patients with communicable diseases for which standard precautions are required.
      Measures and records intake and output.
      Provides urinary/catheter care to include perineal hygiene.
      Assists with the rehabilitation of patients and in the prevention of deformities by correct position, and assisting with activities of daily living including ambulation. Performs range of motion activities.
      Takes and records vital signs to include temperature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure; and measuring height and weight.
      Provides emotional support to patients/families. Respects patients' rights and dignity, including privacy and confidentiality.
      Assists in supervising patients in transfer activities, personal hygiene, preventing spread of infectious diseases, and in the preventive and rehabilitative aspects of care.
      Follows Medical Center and Nursing Service policies and procedures for inventorying and securing patients' belongings, to include valuables and prosthetic devices such as dentures, hearing aids, eyes, and limbs.
      Observes and reports both obvious and more subtle changes in patients' condition or emotional status, e.g. signs of post-operative shock, hemorrhages, cyanosis, respiratory distress, aspiration of mucus, infiltration of IV fluids, or different or unusual behavior.
      Collects urine, sputum, and stool specimens.
      Initiates cardio-pulmonary resuscitation in accordance with established Medical Center Policy.
      After receiving documented training and demonstrating competence, assists with setting up and operating special equipment.
      Applies oxygen as directed by the Registered Nurse and assists the nurse with nebulization treatments (except ultrasonic). Medication for nebulization must be prepared/administered by the RN/LPN.
      Participates in patient care conferences and contributes to the formulation of nursing care plans.
      Observes and reports patient complaints, results of treatment performed, change inpatient's condition, behavior and/or attitude.
      Assists with the admission, discharge, and transfer of patients according to Medical Center and Nursing Service Policy.
      Performs any other assignments appropriate to level of training as directed by the nurse in charge.

      Work Schedule: 40 hour work week variable shifts, 12 hour shifts and 8 hours shifts Candidate must be willing to work weekends, holidays, irregular work hours and extended hours.

      Functional Statement Title/#: 000000 Nursing Assistant

      Preferred Experience: Inpatient experience





Best Care / Best Careers

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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