Nursing Assistant, SWIM Team, Full-Time

Dayton, OH
Aug 21, 2017
Sep 21, 2017
Support Staffing
Contract Type
Full Time

Vacancies occur in Nursing Service at the Dayton VA Medical Center.Incumbents practice as a Nursing Assistant for the nursing pool, Serve Where I am Most Needed (SWIM) Team.The SWIM Team members will provide care for Veteran patients in a variety of areas within Nursing service including: Acute, Extended and Specialty Care, and Mental Health.

Work Schedule: Employees in these positionsmay rotate between day, evening, and night shifts as needed to ensure staffing coverage. Will be required to rotate weekends and holidays as assigned. 8and 12 hour shifts are available.

Shifts are: Days with Rotation to Evenings/Nights (7:30am - 4:00pm), Evenings (3:30pm - Midnight), and Nights (11:30pm - 8:00am). 12 hour shifts are days (7:30am - 8:00pm) orNights (7:30pm - 8:00am).Employees assigned to Day Shift will be required to rotate to Evening and Night Shifts.

Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant/000000


* U.S. Citizenship. Must be a U.S. Citizen

* 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.

* Physical Requirements. Must meet physical requirements for the position.

* English Language. Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook


Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.


(a) Experience, Education and Certification. None beyond the basic requirements.

(b) Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.


(a) 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,

(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


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.


(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


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 CNAs 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.

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

Physical Requirements: Work requires the incumbent to spend long periods of time standing and walking throughout the unit; also the ability to bend, stoop, push, and lift. Hearing and visual acuity is required.

All Applicants must submit the following documents in order to ensure a complete application packet:

1. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required)

2. Resume/CV (required)

3. Copy of SF-50 (must show Grade, Step, and Salary for you to be considered - awards and incentives SF-50 will not be accepted. If you've held a higher grade than your most recent SF-50, please submit highest grade achieved) (required for current/prior Federal employees only)

4. Any other documents such as a copy of College Transcripts (if using education to qualify), DD-214, SF-15, and etc.

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website:

Note: Failure to submit any required documents will result in ineligibility for this vacancy. You will not be contacted for more information if you fail to submit any required documents.

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1882352.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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