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Nursing Assistant

VA Medical Center


Location:
Richmond, VA
Date:
07/10/2018
2018-07-102018-08-09
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Job Details

Summary
Duties

This position is located at in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 6), Richmond VA Medical Center, Nursing Service, Richmond, VA. The position functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher graded 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. As a member of the interdisciplinary team with an assigned patient load of selected chronically and/or acutely ill patients, the employee will be able to perform duties and responsibilities of the GS-3 and GS-4. In addition, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
-Perform a range of treatment procedures that include carrying out standard precautions; measuring vital signs; changing complex sterile and non-sterile dressings; irrigating selected wounds with a bulb syringe; irrigating nasogastric tubes to maintain patency; administering tube feedings via nasogastric, PEG or gastrostomy tubes; cleaning and/or changing ostomy appliances; irrigating colostomies; giving special care to paralyzed patients;
-Observe intravenous fluids for continuation of flow and reports observations to professional nurse as necessary;
-Observe acute changes in patient condition and responds in emergencies appropriately;
-Report all observations of patient condition;
-Document observations and care given in the patient's clinical record;
-Assist the physician with diagnostic procedures, such as lumbar puncture, physical examinations, etc.
-Transport patient within the Medical Center and/or accompanies selected patients by ambulance to and from other hospitals, nursing homes or the patient's home;
-Recognize and report potential and/or existing safety hazards to prevent accidents and provide a safe environment;
-Observe changes in patients' conditions; report findings based upon understanding of the therapeutic regimen, and document observations and care given in the patient's clinical record; and
-Reinforce patient and family/significant other teaching; support patients with physical limitations during physical, psychological and/or emotional readjustment.

graph of estimated pay ranges
$34,384
$44,701
Job Details
Application Open Date
6/22/2018

Application Close Date
7/12/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
None

Status
None


  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section
    • Physical Requirements: In addition to regular and recurring bending, moving, stooping, stretching, and repositioning patients, or similar activities, the work requires: regular and recurring ability to appropriately manage unpredictable patient behavior including possible attack. Rotation to tours other than day tour to provide twenty-four (24) hour coverage seven (7) days a week. The work involves everyday risks or discomforts requiring normal safety precautions. In addition, the work involves regular and recurring exposure to infection, contagious diseases and environmental odors. Personal Protective Equipment is used when indicated.

      Selected applicants will be required to complete an onboarding process.

      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.
      • Education or Training. One 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 year as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
      • English Language Proficiency. Nursing Assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
      Preferred Experience: Certification preferred, but is not required.

      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:

      GS-5: 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 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

      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 Vocation 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 nursing assistants by assisting with 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.

      This vacancy is for full performance level GS-05.

      NOTE:
      Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

      BLS/ACLS Requirements: Current certification in BLS is required for all staff providing direct patient care, and police. Additionally, current ACLS is required for patient care staff that work in specified or high risk areas (SICU/ICU/CCU/MICU/PACU/ED/and all procedure suites using moderate sedation, etc.). If you are selected for a position which requires BLS/ACLS certification, you will be required to have proof of certification prior to being boarded for appointment with VA. If selected, obtain such certification in order to avoid any delays in the hiring process.
      References: Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard GS-621 Veterans Health Administration, VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G46.
  • 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 07/12/2018 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: 29
      Job Position: CBBX-10241987-18-RB

      This position is located at in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 6), Richmond VA Medical Center, Nursing Service, Richmond, VA. The position functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher graded 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. As a member of the interdisciplinary team with an assigned patient load of selected chronically and/or acutely ill patients, the employee will be able to perform duties and responsibilities of the GS-3 and GS-4. In addition, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
      -Perform a range of treatment procedures that include carrying out standard precautions; measuring vital signs; changing complex sterile and non-sterile dressings; irrigating selected wounds with a bulb syringe; irrigating nasogastric tubes to maintain patency; administering tube feedings via nasogastric, PEG or gastrostomy tubes; cleaning and/or changing ostomy appliances; irrigating colostomies; giving special care to paralyzed patients;
      -Observe intravenous fluids for continuation of flow and reports observations to professional nurse as necessary;
      -Observe acute changes in patient condition and responds in emergencies appropriately;
      -Report all observations of patient condition;
      -Document observations and care given in the patient's clinical record;
      -Assist the physician with diagnostic procedures, such as lumbar puncture, physical examinations, etc.
      -Transport patient within the Medical Center and/or accompanies selected patients by ambulance to and from other hospitals, nursing homes or the patient's home;
      -Recognize and report potential and/or existing safety hazards to prevent accidents and provide a safe environment;
      -Observe changes in patients' conditions; report findings based upon understanding of the therapeutic regimen, and document observations and care given in the patient's clinical record; and
      -Reinforce patient and family/significant other teaching; support patients with physical limitations during physical, psychological and/or emotional readjustment.

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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