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Nursing Assistant

VA Medical Center


Location:
Roseburg, OR
Date:
04/20/2018
2018-04-202018-05-20
Categories:
  • Medical/Surgical
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  • Nurse Manager
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  • CNO/Nurse Executive
  • Long Term Care
  • Infection Control
  • Operating Room/PACU
  • Telemetry
  • Home Health
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  • Psychiatric/Behavioral Health
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Job Details


Summary

This position is with the Roseburg VA Health Care System (RVAHCS). The incumbent will be an employee of the RVAHCS Office of Patient Care Services. The reporting structure is identified on the organization chart, ultimately reporting to the Associate Chief Nurse Executive through the Medical/Telemetry Unit Nurse Manager.

The position is responsible for the nursing assistant duties, which may include remote and hard-wired cardiac telemetry monitoring of the unit, as required in support of quality patient/resident care. This includes acute and close observation, taking and documenting vital signs, collecting lab specimens including phlebotomy, passing and picking up meal trays, tracking and documenting intake and output, assisting with transporting of patients/residents, and duties as assigned by the Supervisor or designee.

Work Schedule: This position requires the ability to work alternate schedules during evenings, nights, weekends, weekdays, holidays, and may alternate schedules to ensure adequate coverage of support functions.

Functional Statement Title: Medical Telemetry Unit Nursing Assistant




Duties

Additional duties include but are not limited to:
  • Assists in the full range of nursing care to patients with physical and/or behavioral problems in an inpatient unit, under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Provides nursing assistant care that covers personal care, diagnostic support procedures, treatment procedures, patient/resident charting, and limited patient/resident teaching.
  • Communicates orally with patients and their families, interdisciplinary teams and other personnel.
  • Effectively communicates appropriate care and pertinent events to team members that support continuation of care and enhances quality/safety for both residents and staff.
  • Recognizes and reacts to emergent patient care situations and intervenes while waiting for assistance. For example, recognizing need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc.
  • Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own nursing judgments and actions.
  • Establishes patient care priorities that ensure safe and effective patient care.
  • Demonstrates compliance with infection control practices, such as hand washing and wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Provides residents with feeding, in a manner that supports dignity and respect. Assists in creating an environment that supports a positive meal experience for the residents and family.
  • Observes for safety risk during mealtime for residents who feed themselves and when feeding residents who cannot feed themselves.
Additionally, the position includes responsibility for coverage of medical support assistant (MSA) duties in the absence of the MSA or during times of high need as determined by the Supervisor or designee. The position includes temporary assignments (floating) during one's scheduled tour of duty in other clinical areas such as Mental Health, Operative Care, Emergency Department, Medical Surgical Unit/Telemetry, and the Community Living Center during the times of high need as determined by the Supervisor or designee.







graph of estimated pay ranges
$29,847

$43,414





Job Details



Application Open Date

4/6/2018



Application Close Date

4/25/2018




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: The work involves long periods, up to twelve hours, of moving about and between the work units. The work requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, lifting, twisting, pulling, pushing, and repositioning patients, or similar activities without limitation. Must be able to lift and/or move heavy objects over 45 pounds. Must be able to carry objects over 40 pounds for distances of at least 200 feet. Assignment involves positioning patients/residents and transferring them to wheelchairs, stretchers, and beds using proper body mechanics. He/she must be able to hear with or without aides and be able to visually distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. The work requires regular and recurring ability to physically control or defend against emotionally ill and psychologically unstable patients. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

      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.

      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

      • U.S. citizenship- Non-citizens may 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 which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements
      • English Language Proficiency- NAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j.
        tExperience 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.
        Creditable Experience:
        t(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.
        t(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.
        t(3) Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a NA is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time work week. For example, a NA employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time work week of credit for each 2 weeks of service.
        Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
      GS-4 [NA]
      (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;
      OR,
      (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
      (c) 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.
      (d) 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)
      (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 including:
      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.
      In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (c) below;
      OR,
      (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
      (c) Demonstrated 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.
      (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.

      References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G46 Nursing Assistant Qualification standard.

      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.




  • 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 04/25/2018 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:


      Job Position: DEST-10182735-18-KM




      Additional duties include but are not limited to:
      • Assists in the full range of nursing care to patients with physical and/or behavioral problems in an inpatient unit, under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse.
      • Provides nursing assistant care that covers personal care, diagnostic support procedures, treatment procedures, patient/resident charting, and limited patient/resident teaching.
      • Communicates orally with patients and their families, interdisciplinary teams and other personnel.
      • Effectively communicates appropriate care and pertinent events to team members that support continuation of care and enhances quality/safety for both residents and staff.
      • Recognizes and reacts to emergent patient care situations and intervenes while waiting for assistance. For example, recognizing need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc.
      • Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own nursing judgments and actions.
      • Establishes patient care priorities that ensure safe and effective patient care.
      • Demonstrates compliance with infection control practices, such as hand washing and wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment.
      • Provides residents with feeding, in a manner that supports dignity and respect. Assists in creating an environment that supports a positive meal experience for the residents and family.
      • Observes for safety risk during mealtime for residents who feed themselves and when feeding residents who cannot feed themselves.
      Additionally, the position includes responsibility for coverage of medical support assistant (MSA) duties in the absence of the MSA or during times of high need as determined by the Supervisor or designee. The position includes temporary assignments (floating) during one's scheduled tour of duty in other clinical areas such as Mental Health, Operative Care, Emergency Department, Medical Surgical Unit/Telemetry, and the Community Living Center during the times of high need as determined by the Supervisor or designee.






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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.

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