Nursing Assistant (Extended Care & Rehabilitation)
This position is located at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Responsibilities include:
* Assists physicians and nurses in the performance of diagnostic examinations by performing duties such as monitoring vital signs, preparing and positioning the patent, or by performing a variety of routine diagnostic test i.e. glucometer test for blood glucose level. EKGs, bladder scanning and collection of urine sample and other procedures and validated competencies.
* Performs a complete range of treatment procedures such as; routine urinary catheter care; application of condom catheters; external application of cold and heat with RN or LPN direction; emptying of colostomy or other duties as assigned by the RN or LPN.
* Collects and labels specimens (urine, stool, and sputum). Measures and records intake and output. Assists by positioning and draping as well as emotionally support patient during a variety of diagnostic and treatment procedures.
* Assist physicians, nurses and other healthcare team members in the care and treatment of Veteran patients receiving medical surgical or emergency treatment.
* Enter specific information onto the patients records using the computerized patient Record System(CPRS).
* Performs a wide variety of duties aimed at increasing the comfort and spirit of patient.* Take care of patients' routine care and comfort needs for psycho/spiritual well-being, personal hygiene, physical comfort, nutrition, elimination, prevention of skin breakdown, rehabilitation, safety, etc.
TOUR OF DUTY: Full-time and Part-time work schedule opportunities in all Extended Care and Rehabilitation inpatient wards to include Day/Evening or Day/Night shifts (Weekends and Holidays as scheduled).
Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant GS-5/#00000
* 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.)
* 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 yearas a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
* 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.
GS-5 (Full Performance Level)
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 the subparagraph below;
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
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.
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. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
Nursing Assistant Functional Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs. and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs. and over); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Both legs required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 8 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Good distant vision in 1 eye; Ability to read without strain typewritten material; Glasses permitted; Some positions may be suitable for the deaf.All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations )
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations. (Available at the VA Forms Website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search)
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 2007227.
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.