Nursing Assistant (NASA)
The incumbent in this position is an active participant in the nursing team, who works a rotating tour of duty in an acute care or extended care area. The incumbent will build upon knowledge of basic nursing care and standardized procedures to provide service to patients. He/she is able to perform tasks after receipt of patient data and information. The incumbent's assignment is related to the specific needs of the area during a given tour as well as routine functions of the area. The incumbent is primarily assigned to functions on any given tour of duty and not a specified assignment of a group of patients. However, an assignment of a designated group of patients or specific patient interventions may be required. Managing equipment special to the area is required.
- Operates and monitors commonly used electrocardiographic equipment including 12-lead electrocardiogram and accessories.
- Instructs positions and prepares patients
- Attaches electrodes to patients' chest and extremities to record prescribed heart tracing.
- Manipulates the controls and program information into the electrocardiogram computer to provide tracing.
- Checks recording and highlights any abnormal tracing caused by external action or conditions.
- Monitors tracing before and after testing and alerts proper medical personnel of serious abnormal test results.
- Varies test procedures to adjust for patient medical condition.
- Performs venipuncture procedures. This requires proficiency and a thorough knowledge of blood collection techniques and testing procedures in order to collect the proper sample for testing. For more advanced test requests, uses the hospital computer to obtain any special instructions and/or sample requirements.
- Responds to calls for stat blood collection and ensures the samples are collected, accessioned, and delivered to the testing section in a timely manner.
- As necessary and assigned, properly delivers specimens to the designated delivery point for transportation to assure timely receipt.
- Bathe patients, feed patients, provide bedpan and urinal, change sterile dressings, monitor I.V. fluids, and maintain the sterile condition of medical supply items.
- Take a variety of samples such as sputum or urine samples, seal samples for analysis by others, conduct simple tests, such as vital signs, and record results.
- Makes beds, positions, holds, turns, ambulates, and transfers patients as indicated. Performs clerical and receptionist duties as needed that include but are not limited to: assisting patients with administrative admission and discharge procedures, assembling patient medical records and answering the telephone.
- The incumbent assumes other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and the area as needed.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: U.S. citizenship
GRADE DETERMINATIONS: 1 year equivalent to at least GS-03 Level
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-03 LEVEL: 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.
(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; 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 (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 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.
(d) Assignment 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.
(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; 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 (c)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.
(d) 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. References: See VA HANDBOOK 5005/81, PART II, APPENDIX G46
1 year or greater experience performing phlebotomy
1 year or greater experience performing electrocardiograms
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You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. CV or Resume (Required)
Education (All education listed on resume and application must have)
* Full Street Address (P.O. Box addresses are not acceptable)
* Dates of Attendance must be in MM/YYYY format and include To: and From: (If exact dates are unknown, please provide estimated MM/YYYY and indicate estimated)
Work and Related Experience (all experience listed on resume and application must have)
* Full Street Address (P.O. Box addresses are not acceptable)
* Dates of Employment/Experience Activity must be in MM/YYYY format and include To: and From: (If exact dates are unknown, please provide estimated MM/YYYY and indicate estimated)
2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf ) (Required)
3. Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire (Required)
4.CurrentSF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action indicating current position, grade and step (Required for current and former federal employees)
5. Unofficial copy of college transcript (Required) IF education is used to qualify.
6. Any related licensures or certifications as required by the position.