Nursing Assistant (HUC)
The HUC/Nursing Assistant provides a variety of services and performs duties to support operations and patient care delivery in the Intensive Care Unit. Must have strong and positive communications skills. Will be trained for specific functions such as 12 lead EKGs, Health Unit Coordinator clerical functions and direct patient care activities under the supervision of the registered nurse.The majority duties of this position are clerical however, it also requiresassistance with/perform appropriate nursing tasks for patients including but not limited to:
- Greeting and directing visitors.
- Answering phone and responding to customer inquiries.
- Taking off orders such as Non-VA care, consults, imaging orders.
- Preparing admission and discharge paperwork.
- Schedule follow up appointments.
- Assist or provide patients with personal hygiene.
- Obtain blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and blood glucose (finger stick) and records them appropriately in the medical record.
- Weight patients and records them appropriately in the medical record.
- Assist with/performs under the direct supervision of the recreation/occupational/physical therapist therapeutic and diversion activities for patients.
- Answer call lights promptly.
- Assist during emergency situations including, but not limited to CPR as needed.
- Assist the nurse/MD/NP during procedures/treatments as needed following appropriate standards and guidelines.
- Perform one to one observation as assigned.
- Assist the team in reinforcing educational needs with patients.
Work Schedule: Days/PMs rotation weekdays and occasional weekends
Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant (Hybrid Title 38)
To qualify for this position applicants must meet all requirements within 15 days of the closing date of this announcement.
- U.S. citizenship
- Proficient in spoken and written English.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements listed above, you must meet the following grade requirements:
GS-3 Qualifications (Entry Level)
Education or Training: one year above high school with courses related to theNursing Assistantoccupation. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant.
Experience: One year of specialized experience as a Nursing Assistant 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;
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; (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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.
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 for the grade.
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; (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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 CNAs 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.
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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46, Nursing Assistant Qualification Standards. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: Physical requirements include extensive periods of standing and walking. Duties involve strenuous physical exertion on a regular basis. Patient care activities require regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, pushing and similar activities using appropriate body mechanics and other assistive devices for patient and/or equipment movement and transfer. The employee protects self and others from injury. Considerable agility and dexterity is required to provide care in a proper and safe manner.
-VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
-Other Veterans Document
-SF50 (Current employees are required to submit most recent SF 50 that shows currentgrade/step, Tenure box 24 and Type of Appointment box 34) (If you have held a higher grade previously also include that SF50)
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.
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 TAG:VacancyID.
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.