Nursing Assistant - Emergency Department
VA North Texas Health Care System currently has 13 Nursing Assistant positions in the Emergency Department. The following are the skills and characteristics which are essential attributes of this assignment:
The incumbent will provide direct patient care to adults of all ages requiring technical skills and knowledge for acutely ill, those requiring long-range supportive/rehabilitative care and care for all types of patients. The incumbent must be able to report observations to a professional nurse and record in the patient's medical record. The incumbent must be able to evaluate and care for all veterans: acute and chronically ill, as well as normal aging. Knowledgeable of policies and procedures of the VA and Nursing Service to comply with the recognized standards. Must be knowledgeable of basic nursing care duties as taught in the Basic Nursing Assistant Trainee Program in order to provide direct patient care and observe patients. Emergency Room or ICU experience preferred.
Tour of duty: All tours will rotate, days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position
***Please see the "Required Documents" tab located underneath the "How to Apply" button to ensure you have submitted all documentation.If you do not submit ALL required documents you will not be referred for consideration***
* Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)
* 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 which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
* 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.
GS-3: None beyond the basic requirements. Individuals assigned as GS-3 NA are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.
GS-4: Specialized 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: 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 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.
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).
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;
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
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Certified Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard (GS-621).
Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.Physical Requirements:
Nursing Assistant- Functional Requirements: The work is primarily active and requires extensive and prolonged standing, walking, bending, lifting, and carrying of light items, pushing stretcher, wheelchair, mobile equipment or patients. The work requires above average agility and dexterity. The work requires heavy lifting of equipment or patients.Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Please submit all applicable required documentation listed below
2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf (required and must be completed, signed in ink and dated).
3. The completed OPM 1203fx form (answers to questionnaire - required if unable to apply on line).
4. Declaration for Federal Employment, OF-306 (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). This is a required form and must be completed, signed in ink and dated.
5. If you are a current or former Federal employee you should include most recent SF-50. (Please do not submit an award SF-50).
6. If claiming veteran's preferenceyou must include the following documents:
a. All copies of your DD Forms 214, member2 or 4 copy that shows your character of discharge(required if claiming).
b. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, should also complete and submit a signed SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) required if claiming.
c. A copy of your disability rating letter (required if claiming).
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
- To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1992831.
- Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
- Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
- Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
- Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.