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Nursing Assistant (Extended Care & Rehabilitation)

VA Medical Center


Location:
Minneapolis, MN
Date:
11/28/2017
2017-11-282017-12-28
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This position is located at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. As a member of the nursing care team, the Nursing Assistant (NA) offers physiological, psychological, and spiritual support to the VA patients by performing a variety of duties, including direct patient care, department organization and other duties as assigned, to meet the changing needs of the patients and nursing department. All care is delivered to patients in a respectful, non-judgmental manner. NAs participate in selected Continuous Improvement (CI) activities as directed.

The purpose of this role is to support the health care team in delivering individualized patient care designed to achieve the optimal health goals. The NA duties are performed on Extended Care & Rehabilitation Ward under the direction of the Registered Nurse. NAs' may provide coverage for areas other than the ward hired into.

The Scope of the work is to perform a variety of duties, under the direction and in support of the professional nurse, related to patient care. Major duties and responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to safely performing the following functions:

  • Provides care for patients in isolation, following isolation guidelines.
  • Collection, accurate documentation, and communication of patient information.
  • Observation of overall condition with recognition of and reporting obvious changes; including emergencies.
  • Participation in the interdisciplinary team care planning and delivery of care process by providing feedback to the RN and interdisciplinary team.
  • Supports the health care team through the reinforcement of patient education
  • Demonstrates correct use of assistive devices for dressing.
  • Assists with activities of daily living.
  • Monitors patients in seclusion/1:1 observation using worksheet and assignment sheet.
  • Applies heat and cold therapies.
  • Maintains operational effectiveness through cleaning equipment, stocking and ordering supplies.
  • Administers a variety of comfort measures. Performs CPR/BLS.
  • Follows seizure precautions as directed.
  • Transports patients with O2; appropriately uses protective/restraining devices.
  • Collects patient specimens.
  • Appropriately uses protective/restraining devices.


TOUR OF DUTY: Full-time and Part-time work schedule opportunities in all Extended Care and Rehabilitation inpatient wards to include Day/Evening or Day/Night shifts (Weekends and Holidays as scheduled).

Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant GS-5 (EC&R)/#00000








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Job Details



Application Open Date

11/18/2017



Application Close Date

12/8/2017




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

1st area of consideration - current permanent employees of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS) to include the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), and the Minneapolis Veterans Canteen Service; 2nd area of consideration current permanent VA Nationwide employees.



Status

Multiple Schedules hours




























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

    • It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

      This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.




  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section

    • Basic Requirements:

      To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

      Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements as stated in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G46, Certified Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard. (also available in the local Human Resources office)

      BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

      Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

      Education or Training: One year above high school with courses related to the CNA 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 may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.

      Physical Requirements: See the specific Physical Standards as listed in the Requirements section below and in accordance to VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

      English Language Proficiency: NAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) as well as VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.

      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; religious; 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, applicants must possess the following criteria to qualify:

      GS-3 NA (Entry Level)

      EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: 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 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 (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 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (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.

      IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).





  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section

    • VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

      Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.




  • 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 View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

      The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 08, 2017to 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 USAJOBS 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 USAJOBS 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS 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: Many


      Job Position: VU-18-CAF-2021150-BU




      This position is located at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. As a member of the nursing care team, the Nursing Assistant (NA) offers physiological, psychological, and spiritual support to the VA patients by performing a variety of duties, including direct patient care, department organization and other duties as assigned, to meet the changing needs of the patients and nursing department. All care is delivered to patients in a respectful, non-judgmental manner. NAs participate in selected Continuous Improvement (CI) activities as directed.

      The purpose of this role is to support the health care team in delivering individualized patient care designed to achieve the optimal health goals. The NA duties are performed on Extended Care & Rehabilitation Ward under the direction of the Registered Nurse. NAs' may provide coverage for areas other than the ward hired into.

      The Scope of the work is to perform a variety of duties, under the direction and in support of the professional nurse, related to patient care. Major duties and responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to safely performing the following functions:

      • Provides care for patients in isolation, following isolation guidelines.
      • Collection, accurate documentation, and communication of patient information.
      • Observation of overall condition with recognition of and reporting obvious changes; including emergencies.
      • Participation in the interdisciplinary team care planning and delivery of care process by providing feedback to the RN and interdisciplinary team.
      • Supports the health care team through the reinforcement of patient education
      • Demonstrates correct use of assistive devices for dressing.
      • Assists with activities of daily living.
      • Monitors patients in seclusion/1:1 observation using worksheet and assignment sheet.
      • Applies heat and cold therapies.
      • Maintains operational effectiveness through cleaning equipment, stocking and ordering supplies.
      • Administers a variety of comfort measures. Performs CPR/BLS.
      • Follows seizure precautions as directed.
      • Transports patients with O2; appropriately uses protective/restraining devices.
      • Collects patient specimens.
      • Appropriately uses protective/restraining devices.


      TOUR OF DUTY: Full-time and Part-time work schedule opportunities in all Extended Care and Rehabilitation inpatient wards to include Day/Evening or Day/Night shifts (Weekends and Holidays as scheduled).

      Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant GS-5 (EC&R)/#00000







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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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