The incumbent is assigned to provide care for an adult/geriatric Veteran patient population on a medical/telemetry unit. The incumbent can provide comprehensive nursing care for patients during the day, evening and night tours of duty.
charting vital signs
recording intake and output
performs personal hygiene to patients (including showers or bed baths)
Assists with normal bladder and bowel elimination
changes / makes hospital beds
performs range of motion activities
Answers telephone in absence of other personnel
Answers patient call system and notifies appropriate nursing staff
Accurately documents measurements in clinical record
Participates in patient care conferences
Utilizes printed and electronic files containing sensitive information
Provides input into unit goals and staff development.
Obtaining Urine Specimens
Transporting patients via wheelchair's/stretcher
Work Schedule: Night Shift
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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: CNA's must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, parargraph 3j.
Preferred Experience: N/A
GS-5 Nursing Assistant (Full Performance Level)
Experience. One year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-4 level (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 the basic and intermediate treatments) 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;
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.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5.
Specialized Experience: Qualifying specialized experience includes nonprofessional nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other medical, nursing, or patient care facility, or in such work as that of a home health aid performing duties, such as:Providing personal nursing care such as providing pre- and post-operative care.
Support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, such as setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus.
Caring for mentally ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassurance and encouragement.
Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge,Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.
KSAO 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 Practical Nurse.
KASO 2. Ability to communicate orally with patients/residents, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel.
KSAO 3. Ability to recognize and react to emergent patient/resident care situations and intervene while waiting for assistance.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G46 Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight pulling (up to 8 hours); Pushing (up to 8 hours); Reaching above shoulders; Use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 8 hours); standing (up to 8 hours); kneeling (2 to 3 hours); repeated bending (up to 8 hours); both legs required; hearing (aid permitted).
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
REQUIRED VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.