Nursing Assistant (Floater)

Palo Alto, CA
Sep 07, 2017
Sep 27, 2017
Support Staffing
Contract Type
Full Time

Work Schedule: Day shift (7:30 am - 4:00 pm) and evenings (4:00 pm - 12 midnight), withalternating weekends.Shiftsmay vary depending on patient care needs.


TheNursing Assistant (Floater), serves as a member of a nursing team and is responsible for providing physical care for and/or assistance to patients including: bathing, showering, shaving, grooming, feeding, ambulating, weighing, positioning patients with prescribed physical limitations; maintains appropriate skin care precautions. Assists, as assigned, in observation of stable post-operative patients and medical patients requiring additional observation. Is able to take as assigned patient load and assume care for more complicated patients. Assists with transferring and transporting medically compromised and seriously ill patients to test/procedures via gurneys and wheelchairs.

The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

* Assists with admissions, transfers, discharges, postmortem care and nursing care procedures specific to the ward.

* Teaches and guides patients in the development of cleanliness and sound health practices in all aspects of daily living.

* Carries out special treatments and assists with procedures including follow-up care and observation. Gives meaningful instructions and explanations to patient regarding purposes of special diagnostic tests and procedures.

* Feed and assists patient during meals. Observes aspiration precautions. Is alert to special dietary needs and takes and action according to the patient's diagnosis and behavior.

* Assists in performing selected rehabilitation techniques such as range of motion, speech retraining, with the ultimate goal of patients return to active community living.

Basic Requirements:

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

*Education or Training. One year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant 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. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

*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.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-5 Nursing Assistant:

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.


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. [NOTE: TRANSCRIPT(S) MUST BE SUBMITTED IF EDUCATION IS BEING USED TO QUALIFY. CONFERRAL OF DEGREE(S) EARNED SHOULD BE PRESENT ON TRANSCRIPT(S). UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S) OK.]


C) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs).

*KSA 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.

*KSA 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.

*KSA 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 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46 Nurse Assistant Qualification Standard GS-621, dated March 12, 2015,

Preferred Criteria:

*Current BLS provider card issued by American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN).

*Current Certified Nursing Assistant by State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

NOTE: 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.

Drug Testing: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. In addition, any offer of employment will be rescinded with a verified positive drug test. VA employees in drug testing designated positions are also subject to post appointment random drug testing.

Physical Requirements: This position requires walking, standing, and sitting for long periods of time. Incumbent will be climbing stairs, lifting up to 50 pounds, use dexterity of the hand and wrist and arm strength to perform dispensing of medication orders.

REQUIRED Documents

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

* Resume (Required for ALL applicants)

* Transcript(s) (copy of transcript if using education to qualify)

* DD-214 (if applying as a Veteran)

* Other Veterans Documents (if applicable - e.g., VBA Letter)

* SF-15 (if Veteran claiming 10% or more compensable disability)

* Non-Award SF-50 (VA and other Federal Agency Employees)

In addition to the above documents, applicants may also submit the following documents as applicable:

* VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (Required if selected)

* Cover Letter (optional)

* OF-306 Declaration of Federal Employment (Required if selected)

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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit

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 2007016.

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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