Nursing Assistant, (94 Acute Psychiatry)

Waco, TX
Aug 23, 2017
Sep 23, 2017
Support Staffing
Contract Type
Full Time

This is a bargaining unit position.

Tour of Duty: Rotating Tours of Duty to include days, weekends, evening and night shifts. Primary shifts schedules are 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, 3:30 pm - 12:00 pm, and 11:30 am - 8:00 pm. Other Tours of Duty that may be utilized are 5:00 am - 1:30 pm, 6:00 am - 2:30 pm, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, and 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm.

DUTIES:Provides patient transportation and care within the CTVHCS. Provides patient care which is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional, spiritual, chronological, recreational, and diverse needs of the adult (ages 17-59) or geriatric (ages 60+) patient. Transports adult and geriatric patients to and from units, clinics, and facilities within CTVHCS. Takes direction from the registered nurse regarding methods of transfer. Observes and monitors patients and communicates and documents care given during the transportation process. Reports status of patients and changes noted to the registered nurse at destination. Recognizes emergency situations (i.e., codes, disasters, and fire and safety issues) and takes appropriate and immediate action. Can successfully perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver. Performs a wide range of treatments/procedures for adult and geriatric patients who are medically, surgically, and/or psychiatrically ill. Carefully observes patients during transport for signs of distress. Administers oxygen as ordered. Utilizes personal protective equipment when implementing standard precautions to provide direct patient care. Interacts appropriately with adult and geriatric patients. Remains calm during stressful situations. Utilizes proper channels of communication. Transports specimens, records, medications, and other patient support equipment and supplies between and to patient care units as needed.


* U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

* 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 yearas a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.

* Physical Requirements.See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

* NA's must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part, II, chapter 3, section, A, paragraph 3j


(1) GS-3 NA (Entry Level)

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

(2) GS-4 NA

(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;


(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

(c) 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 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.

(3) GS-5 NA (Full Performance Level)

(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:


(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

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(1) Ability to assist in the full range of nursing care to patient/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.

References: VA Handbook 500/71, Part II, Appendix G46 , (also available in the local Human Resources Office).

Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and moving of objects may be required.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

*Other- VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Link to form:

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document

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 2002704.

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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