Nursing Assistant

Huntington West Virginia
Feb 12, 2021
Mar 14, 2021
Support Staffing
Contract Type
Full Time
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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 [NA] 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. [NAs] must be proficient in spoken and written English in
    accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Grade Determinations:
GS-3: Experience. There is no additional experience required beyond the basic qualifications. This is an entry level position. 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.

GS-4: 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 education with 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
Demonstrated 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

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)
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

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.

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.

NOTE: Students/trainees may be appointed in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7405(a)(1)(D). See Part II,
Chapter 3, paragraph 5 of VA Handbook 5005.

References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is the GS-5.

Physical Requirements:
Physical demands are those physical activities required of a worker in a job. The worker must possess physical capabilities at least in an amount equal to the physical demands made by the job. The minimum physical qualifications are listed below
  • Reaching: Extending the hands and arms in any direction.
  • Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with the hand or hands.
  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, or otherwise working with the fingers primarily (rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling).
  • Feeling: Perceiving such attributes of objects and materials as size, shape, temperature, or texture, by means of receptors in the skin, particularly those of the fingertip.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word
For the following: (never-0%, rarely=1-10%, occasionally=11-33%, frequently=34-66%, continuously=67-100%
- Lifting (waist>overhead): Rarely11 to 24 lbs.; Rarely 25 to 34 lbs.; Never 35 to 50 lbs.
- Lifting (floor>waist): Occasionally 35 to 50 lbs.
- Carrying: Occasionally 35 to 50 lbs.
- Pushing: Occasionally up to/over 100 lbs.
- Bending/Stooping: Continuously Squatting: Frequently
- Crawling: Rarely Crouching: Occasionally
- Reaching above shoulder level: Rarely
- Balancing: Continuously
- Pushing/Pulling: Frequently
- Kneeling: Occasionally
- Sitting: Occasionally
- Standing: Continuously
- Walking: Continuously
- Climbing: Rarely Education

**IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.**

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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. For further information, visit:

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