Psychiatric Nursing Assistant

Tampa, FL
Sep 07, 2017
Sep 27, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Psychiatric Nursing Assistant (PNA)-5 assigned to Mental Health inpatient psychiatry and /or the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program (DRRTP) understands the concepts and skills needed to perform standard and psychiatric nursing duties that range in difficulty levels from routine to complex. The employee works independently in carrying out nursing care tasks and in resolving nursing problems.

Psychiatric Nursing Assistant duties consist of but is not limited to the following:

  • Completes and is competent in Patient Management Disruptive Behavior(PMDB) techniques and the application of seclusion and restraints.
  • Provides supervision and support while transporting psychiatric patients who may be exhibiting aggressive or psychotic behavior.
  • Facilitates and assists in conducting psycho-social group activities.
  • Maintains a safe, clean and therapeutic environment for patients by following policies and procedures relating to fire to disaster safety security measures, and admission procedures.
  • Plans and teaches patient education classes approved by charge nurse.
  • Orients new staff to unit environment of care, safety and comfort rounds, application of seclusion and restraints, and the role of the psychiatric nursing assistant in the admission and discharge process.
  • Conducts psychosocial groups and documents in patient record.
  • Conducts weekend and off tour social activities to enhance patient care outcomes.
  • Reinforces patient education provided by the physician or nurse on patient's role in various procedures, safety measures, equipment set-up and use, and on aspects of discharge teaching provided by the RN.
  • Applies external urinary devises (EUD's). Assists in wound care using clean dressings: perform assigned duties relative to the equipment used i.e. portable computers (Flo carts) workstations on wheels .
  • Maintains a valid driver's license and demonstrates knowledge of safety in the operation of the van/shuttle to transport residents.
  • Responsible for supervising and transporting residents to recreational activities recovery meetings and other locations as directed by Domiciliary RRTP clinical and administrative program leaders.
  • Maintains the equipment and administers breathalyzer to residents upon admission, return from pass as part of random screens and as deemed appropriate to monitor residents.
Work Schedule: Various Shifts including weekends, some rotating days, nights & holidays.
This announcement will close on September 18,2017, or when we receive 50 applicants which ever comes first. 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j
Grade Determinations: For the GS-05 grade level: Applicants must have at least 1 year of specialized experience that equips them with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position at the GS-5. To be creditable this experience must have been equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience includes nonprofessional nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other medical, nursing, or patient care facility, or in such work as that of a home health aid.
Successfully completed a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree in an accredited community college, junior college, college or university in practical nursing or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position.
A combination of experience and successfully completed education to meet the total experience requirements to qualify at the GS-5 level.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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.

References: For more information please visit the General Schedule Qualification Standards at

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-05.

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Physical Requirements: ?This position requires Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8-12 hours; repeated bending 8 hours; both legs required; ability for rapid mental & muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable @ 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted).Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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