This position serves as a Nursing Assistant in the Medical/Surgical Department, located at theBuffaloVA Medical Center. The employee functions as a member of the nursing team and participates in the care of patients in all acutestages of illness with changing nursing needs that are predictable and require periodic assessment by the Registered Nurse.
Major duties and responsibilities include:
Participates in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care; Assists in the collection of objective and subjective data relative to more complex patient situations; Participates in patient centered conferences and shift reports by contributing information for the development and review of nursing's plan of care; Assists in all aspects of nursing care to meet patient non-routine needs for personal hygiene, physical comfort, activities, exercise, nutrition, safety, rehabilitation, etc; Identifies physical, social, psychological, cultural needs of veterans that may include the need for self esteem, situational changes, decreased sensory-spatial functions, and providing support for a sense of independence while providing assisted self-care; Assists with routing diagnostic measures and preparation for radiological or operative procedures; Assists in orientating patients and their families to unit routines and pertinent policies; Communicates orally and in writing while maintaining positive working relationships with the patient, patient's family members, interdisciplinary team members, and other medical and administrative staff; Records pertinent information in the medical record, and reports patient status to the appropriate medical personnel; Prepares patient care related equipment such as, oxygen, suction, alternating pressure mattress; Assists in monitoring proper functioning and operation of patient care related equipment; Maintains a clean, safe, and therapeutic environment and reporting actual hazards; and Performs supportive functions and other duties as assigned.
Tour of Duty:Various Shifts, SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON AGENCY NEEDS.
a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. 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.
c. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
d. English Language Proficiency. [NAs] must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
GS-3 [NA] (Entry Level)
(a) Experience [and] Education - None beyond the basic requirements.
(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;
(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.
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;
(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.
Preferred experience: One year of recent nurse's aide experience preferred
Performance Based Interviews are required for all eligible candidates. Allselected candidates mustcomplete a pre-employment physical.
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