Nursing Assistant - Open Continuous Announcement
Department of Veterans Affairs
$26,150 to $42,702
GS 03 - 05
11/26/2017 to 02/28/2018
We have positions in the Community Living Center, Medical Surgical Units, and Float Pool for the Amarillo VA Healthcare System. The incumbent is responsible for observing, recording and reporting changes in the patient's condition, as well as assisting in the development and revision of the patient-driven holistic care plan for life. The incumbent will have a general review of their work performed by a RN for appropriateness and conformity with certification, policies and procedures. The incumbent assigned in the in-patient care areas demonstrates active collaboration and communication with RN, Patient, Primary Care Provider, and other care team members. It is also imperative that the incumbent establish a positive rapport with family/caregiver, internal and community based services and disciplines involved in providing care to the patient.
Work Schedule: Varied days - Multiple. Functional Statement: Nursing Assistant/000000No financial report is requiredThis position is an AFGE bargaining unit position.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Not authorized.
The salary range listed in the vacancy announcement are estimates only. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
This is an open continuous announcement that will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies for this agency.This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
Conditions of Employment
- U. S. Citizenship.
- Must pass pre-employment examination.
- English Language Proficiency required.
- Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required.
- Background and-or Security Investigation required.
- Must submit VA-102850c Application Form.
Physical Requirements: This work involves long periods of standing and/or moving about the work unit. The work required regular and recurring standing, bending, lifting, stooping, stretching and repositioning patients, or similar activities. There is occasional lifting of 45 lbs and over.
Veterans' Preference:When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
- U.S. citizenship
- Completed one year of education above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation OR completed an intensive, specialized, occupation related course of study of less than one year as a Nursing Assistant
- Proficient in spoken and written English (Nursing Assistant's appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d)).
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate
GRADE REQUIREMENTS:GS-3 (Entry Level)Experience [and] Education. None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-4 (Intermediate Level)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;ANDDemonstrated 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.
GS-5 (Full Performance Level)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,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;ANDDemonstrated KSAs1. 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 Assistant's] 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.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.NOTE: 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. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
Background checks and security clearance
How to Apply
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.
If you cannot apply online:
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Please submit all required documents listed under the applicant category that applies to your current employment status:
CURRENT AMARILLO VA and it's CBOCs EMPLOYEES:
Agency contact information
Christina A. O'Malley
AddressVHA Amarillo HCS Department of Veterans Affairs 6010 Amarillo Blvd West Amarillo TX
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