Nursing Assistant - Community Living Center

Location
Columbia, SC
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Sep 08, 2017
Closes
Sep 27, 2017
Specialty
Support Staffing
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Wm Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center is seeking Nursing Assistants Restorativein the Community Living Center.The incumbent provides resident-centered nursing care to residentsincluding bathing, oral hygiene, feeding, shaving, as well as maintaining a clean, comfortable,cheerful and homelike environment for the patient. Incumbent takes and records patient's blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration, weight, and collect specimens. Incumbent measures and records total intake (oral, tube, intravenous) and output; assists selected patients/residents with rehabilitation, such as range of motion, ambulating, positioning,self-help activities of daily living and provides diversional/recreational activities. Incumbent observes and carries out safety measures and universal precautions which include hand washing techniques and other precautions to prevent and control infections; uses and cares for equipment such as various types of beds and frames, trapeze bars, lifts, wheelchairs, stretchers, etc; assembles the necessary equipment and assists with and/or initiates oxygen therapy; administers tube feeding, initiates CPR in critical emergencies until RN or physician arrives. Incumbent performs other duties as assigned.

Tour of duty: 24 hour operation; odd tours to include nights, weekends and holidays. Tour of duty subject to change based on agency needs.

Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant/01133A/01134A/01135A

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 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.

    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-3 (Entry Level)

    Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

    Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.

    GS-4

    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;

    OR, 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; AND 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 (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 subparagraph (c) below; OR, 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 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: At least 2 years experience asa Nursing Assistant in a medical setting.

    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, Part II, Appendix G46, Nursing AssistantQualification Standard.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Requires standing and walking on eight-to-twelve hours shifts. Requiring heavy lifting, heavy carrying, (45 lbs and over)pushing, and pulling of patients and equipment. Restraining of disturbed patients as required. Requires mental and emotional control in emergencies.

Required Documents:

1. CV or Resume (please ensure that you include the month and year for each period of employment).
2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf). This is a required form and must be submitted. Applicants who fail to submit will be rated ineligible for consideration. Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (28-37) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration. This response should be provided on a separate sheet of paper as instructed on the form.
3. Online Questionnaire.View Occupational Questionnaire
4. Copy of transcripts if using education as any part of qualifications (unofficial will be sufficient).
5. Copy of latest performance appraisal. (highly desirable)

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 2008875.

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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