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Nursing Assistant

VA Medical Center


Location:
Louisville, KY
Date:
07/06/2018
2018-07-062018-08-09
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Summary
Duties
Please read this announcement in its entirety before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents. All documents requiring signature must be signed and dated prior to submission in order to be considered complete.

This job opportunity announcement (JOA) will be used to fill many full-time Nursing Assistant vacancies at the Louisville, KY Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), with Nursing Service. Applicants will be considered and referred every 15 business days until all current vacancies are filled, and every 15 business days for new vacancies.

As a Nursing Assistant, you will:
  • Function as a member of an interdisciplinary team in Nursing Service.
  • Function as a sitter for close observation or one on one sitting for patients who need to be watched for a number of reasons or function as an escort for transporting patients throughout the clinical areas of the medical center.
  • Perform assigned procedures with minimal amount of direction from the professional nurse.
  • Check and records vital signs including pain. Verbalizes that pain is measured on a scale of 0-10 and ensures Charge Nurse is kept aware of patients who are in pain.
  • Functions proactively to prevent medical emergencies. Recognizes and reports potentially erratic behaviors and physical changes.
  • Assist patients with their ADL including toileting, feeding, shaving, shampoo hair, and bathing.
  • Assist patients with keeping their rooms clean.
  • Changes bedding, makes beds is responsible in maintaining a clean and safe physical environment.
  • Assigning patients in maintaining their nutritional intake.
  • Set up oxygen equipment including flow meters, humidifiers, nasal prongs etc. and obtains specimens including urine, stool and routine sputum specimens etc.
graph of estimated pay ranges
$26,587
$43,414
Job Details
Application Open Date
4/10/2018

Application Close Date
9/28/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
None

Status
None


  • 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. 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-03.
      • English Language Proficiency. NAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005.
      • Physical Requirements. In accordance with VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
      Preferred Experience:
      • Basic Life Support (American Health Association)
      Creditable Experience
      1. Knowledge of Current Practice. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the current practice.
      2. Quality of Experience. To be creditable, NA experience must be documented on the application or resume and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.
      3. Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a NA is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a NA employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.
      In addition to the basic requirements, the below qualification requirements must be met at the grade(s) in which you are applying.

      Grade Determinations:

      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. bility 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. 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 NA (Full Performance Level)
      • Experience. One year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-04 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs listed 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 the following 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 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46

      The full performance level of this vacancy is the GS-05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-05 .

      Physical Requirements: Duties require extensive periods of standing, sitting and walking. Working with patients requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, sitting, stretching and similar activities. The employee provides physical restraints for confused or combative patients as necessary. The incumbent may on occasion, be assigned to any nursing section. Incumbent must be physically able to lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds.
  • 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 09/28/2018 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: 17
      Job Position: CBDF-10181148-18-WLH

      Please read this announcement in its entirety before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents. All documents requiring signature must be signed and dated prior to submission in order to be considered complete.

      This job opportunity announcement (JOA) will be used to fill many full-time Nursing Assistant vacancies at the Louisville, KY Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), with Nursing Service. Applicants will be considered and referred every 15 business days until all current vacancies are filled, and every 15 business days for new vacancies.

      As a Nursing Assistant, you will:
      • Function as a member of an interdisciplinary team in Nursing Service.
      • Function as a sitter for close observation or one on one sitting for patients who need to be watched for a number of reasons or function as an escort for transporting patients throughout the clinical areas of the medical center.
      • Perform assigned procedures with minimal amount of direction from the professional nurse.
      • Check and records vital signs including pain. Verbalizes that pain is measured on a scale of 0-10 and ensures Charge Nurse is kept aware of patients who are in pain.
      • Functions proactively to prevent medical emergencies. Recognizes and reports potentially erratic behaviors and physical changes.
      • Assist patients with their ADL including toileting, feeding, shaving, shampoo hair, and bathing.
      • Assist patients with keeping their rooms clean.
      • Changes bedding, makes beds is responsible in maintaining a clean and safe physical environment.
      • Assigning patients in maintaining their nutritional intake.
      • Set up oxygen equipment including flow meters, humidifiers, nasal prongs etc. and obtains specimens including urine, stool and routine sputum specimens etc.

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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