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Nursing Assistant (Open Continuous)

VA Medical Center


Location:
Orlando, FL
Date:
10/12/2018
2018-10-122018-11-11
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Job Details

Summary

The Orlando VA Medical Center is seeking Nursing Assistant's. These positions will be assigned throughout the Patient Care Service of the Orlando VAMC.

*** This is an open continuous announcement for employees of the Orlando VAMC only. We will accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified internal candidates will be considered as vacancies become available. Applications will remain on file until December 31, 2018. ***

Duties

The Nursing Assistant performs standard nursing care duties which range from routine to moderate in difficulty as well as transporting/accompanying patients to medical appointments at Lake Baldwin or other locations as deemed appropriate. If there are no transports, these CNAs will be assigned to sitter duty or to a patient care/nursing assistant assignment in one of the four (4) units for the day. The Nursing Assistant's duties may also include; being responsible for appropriate action during routine/emergency and life threatening situations; taking and recording patient's temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, pain level, height and weight, test urine, collect specimens, assisting with admission and discharge, performing finger stick glucose tests, performing post-mortem care, insertion of urethral catheters, administration of tube feedings, application of splints and prostheses, dressing changes, colostomy care, performing EKG's, oral and nasal suctioning, operating bladder scanner, etc; providing personal care (bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding, shaving, oral hygiene) according to policy and procedures; moving, positioning, lifting, ambulating, and transferring patients as necessary using proper equipment and techniques.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required.
Work Schedule: Tour of Duty may be rotating to include nights, weekends, & holidays depending on area assigned.
Functional Statement Title: Nursing Assistant

graph of estimated pay ranges
$26,587
$43,414
Job Details
Application Open Date
5/22/2018

Application Close Date
12/31/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
15511-Agency Employees Only

Status
Multiple Schedules


  • 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.

      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.

      [If this position is a testing designated position] All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

      This is a bargaining unit position.

      Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

  • 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.
      • English Language Proficiency. Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
      • Physical Standards. Must pass a pre-employment examination. See below for additional information.
      • Experience or Training. One (1) year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation. Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one (1) year as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
      Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements above, all applicants must also meet one of the following grade requirements fora specific grade level;

      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 nursing assistant 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 KSA
      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 NA (Full Performance Level)
      • Experience. One (1) 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: In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA;
      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 nursing assistants. Nursing Assistant'sat 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. Nursing Assistant's at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role.


      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.


      References: VA Handbook 5005/81 Appendix G46 Nursing Assistant Qualification Standards.
      Physical Requirements: Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).
  • 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 12/31/2018 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: few
      Job Position: CBDI-10215451-18-SS

      The Nursing Assistant performs standard nursing care duties which range from routine to moderate in difficulty as well as transporting/accompanying patients to medical appointments at Lake Baldwin or other locations as deemed appropriate. If there are no transports, these CNAs will be assigned to sitter duty or to a patient care/nursing assistant assignment in one of the four (4) units for the day. The Nursing Assistant's duties may also include; being responsible for appropriate action during routine/emergency and life threatening situations; taking and recording patient's temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, pain level, height and weight, test urine, collect specimens, assisting with admission and discharge, performing finger stick glucose tests, performing post-mortem care, insertion of urethral catheters, administration of tube feedings, application of splints and prostheses, dressing changes, colostomy care, performing EKG's, oral and nasal suctioning, operating bladder scanner, etc; providing personal care (bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding, shaving, oral hygiene) according to policy and procedures; moving, positioning, lifting, ambulating, and transferring patients as necessary using proper equipment and techniques.

      Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required.
      Work Schedule: Tour of Duty may be rotating to include nights, weekends, & holidays depending on area assigned.
      Functional Statement Title: Nursing Assistant

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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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