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Nursing Assistant

VA Medical Center


Location:
Shreveport, LA
Date:
04/06/2018
2018-04-062018-05-19
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Job Details


Summary

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Nursing Assistant (NA) is assigned to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or Step Down Unit (SDU) of Overton Brooks VA Medical Center. The Nursing Assistant assigned to ICU (3 North) or SDU (6 North) provides a broad range of nursing care/services and support that is appropriate to the physical, cognitive, emotional, and cultural needs of the patient. As a member of the nursing care team, the incumbent performs a full range of patient care duties under the direction and supervision of licensed nursing staff and/or other healthcare providers.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

"Veterans' preference does not apply for current permanent Federal agency employees as long as they are listed as part of the area of consideration."

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.




Duties

Duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Provide safe, effective care to patients with wide range of medical conditions.
  • Performs post-mortem care, carries out safety measures in all patient care activities, including escorting groups and/or individuals to appointments in the hospital.
  • Applies supportive and protective devices, utilizes principles of good body mechanics when lifting and turning patients, and operates mechanical devices for lifting and/or transferring patients.
  • Performs a range of diagnostic support duties which include taking, recording, and reporting to the supervisor deviations in vital signs taking specimens and labeling them for the lab, testing urine for sugar and acetone, and measuring intake and output.
  • Recognizes emergency situations and takes appropriate action, verbally provides patient information to the supervisor for inclusion in the nursing care plan and enters information about the patient's condition in the patient's computerized patient record system, and instructs patients on in self care activities, etc.
  • Performs a range of personal nursing care which includes feeding, bathing, lifting and turning patients, and providing oral, nail, hair and related hygiene care.
  • Initiates, performs and completes assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
  • Maintains good communication with Nurse Manager, nursing staff, and other facility staff, Serves as a liaison between charge nurse, Nurse Manager, and NAs.
  • Communicates and interacts appropriately and courteously with internal and external customers.
  • Functions as a patient escort NA on their assigned shift, notifies shift RN, LPN, and other NAs of changes in the nursing department, in patient conditions, and relays any problems to the charge nurse or Nurse Manager.
Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant/000000

Work Schedule/Location: 0645-1515 (1 NA position), 1515-2315 (2 NA positions), 2315-0715 (1 NA position), all Nursing Assistants, are
expected to rotate shifts, 3 North
Nursing Assistants on 3 North, reports directly to the Nurse Manager (Intensive Care Unit).

Work Schedule/Location: 8 or 12 hour shifts, rotating tours (with rotating weekends and holidays), 2 vacancies, 6 North
Nursing Assistants on 6 North reports directly to the Nurse Manager (Step Down Unit/Dialysis).






graph of estimated pay ranges
$26,587

$43,414





Job Details



Application Open Date

4/6/2018



Application Close Date

9/28/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

None



Status

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  • 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.





  • 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.
      • Physical Requirements
      • 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.
      Grade Determinations:
      GS-3 Nursing Assistant (Entry Level)
      (a) Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements.
      (b) Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 Nursing Assistants are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.
      GS-4 Nursing Assistant
      (a) 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, (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. GS-4 Nursing Assistants are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised. Nursing Assistants at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist higher graded Nursing Assistants, 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 Nursing Assistants or other healthcare professionals.

      2. In this role, the Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher graded Nursing Assistants, 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 Nursing Assistants, or other healthcare professionals.
      GS-5 Nursing Assistant (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. 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 Nursing Assistants 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 Nursing Assistants. Nursing Assistants 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, subacute 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 Assistants at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role.

      The full performance level of this vacancy is 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.
      References: Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard GS-621 Veterans Health Administration, VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G46.

      Physical Requirements: Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over); Moderate carrying (15-44 lbs.); Light lifting (under 15 lbs.);
      Heavy carrying (45 lbs. and over); Moderate carrying (15-44 lbs.); Light carrying (under 15 lbs.); Straight pulling (up to 1 hour); Pulling hand over hand (up to 1 hour); Pushing (up to 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Kneeling (up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Climbing use of legs and arms ; Both legs required; Near vision correctable at 13' to 16' to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Ability to hear whispered voices; mentally and emotionally stable.

      Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities.




  • 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: 6


      Job Position: CBBP-10168450-18-KML




      Duties include but are not limited to the following:
      • Provide safe, effective care to patients with wide range of medical conditions.
      • Performs post-mortem care, carries out safety measures in all patient care activities, including escorting groups and/or individuals to appointments in the hospital.
      • Applies supportive and protective devices, utilizes principles of good body mechanics when lifting and turning patients, and operates mechanical devices for lifting and/or transferring patients.
      • Performs a range of diagnostic support duties which include taking, recording, and reporting to the supervisor deviations in vital signs taking specimens and labeling them for the lab, testing urine for sugar and acetone, and measuring intake and output.
      • Recognizes emergency situations and takes appropriate action, verbally provides patient information to the supervisor for inclusion in the nursing care plan and enters information about the patient's condition in the patient's computerized patient record system, and instructs patients on in self care activities, etc.
      • Performs a range of personal nursing care which includes feeding, bathing, lifting and turning patients, and providing oral, nail, hair and related hygiene care.
      • Initiates, performs and completes assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
      • Maintains good communication with Nurse Manager, nursing staff, and other facility staff, Serves as a liaison between charge nurse, Nurse Manager, and NAs.
      • Communicates and interacts appropriately and courteously with internal and external customers.
      • Functions as a patient escort NA on their assigned shift, notifies shift RN, LPN, and other NAs of changes in the nursing department, in patient conditions, and relays any problems to the charge nurse or Nurse Manager.
      Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant/000000

      Work Schedule/Location: 0645-1515 (1 NA position), 1515-2315 (2 NA positions), 2315-0715 (1 NA position), all Nursing Assistants, are
      expected to rotate shifts, 3 North
      Nursing Assistants on 3 North, reports directly to the Nurse Manager (Intensive Care Unit).

      Work Schedule/Location: 8 or 12 hour shifts, rotating tours (with rotating weekends and holidays), 2 vacancies, 6 North
      Nursing Assistants on 6 North reports directly to the Nurse Manager (Step Down Unit/Dialysis).





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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