Nursing Assistant (Mental Health)

White River Junction, VT
Nov 13, 2017
Dec 08, 2017
Support Staffing
Contract Type
Full Time

The Psychiatric Nursing Assistant assists the Registered Nurse (RN) and the interdisciplinary team in the service and delivery of comprehensive care and management of patients experiencing a variety of mental health challenges such as, physical, behavioral, acute and/or chronic psychiatric illnesses/substance dependency challenges. The Incumbent provides support to the clinical staff located on the acute inpatient psychiatric unit in a patient-centered, recovery-oriented environment.Incumbent functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team (IDT) giving nursing care to varying age groups of psychiatric patients.A major portion of the incumbent's duties involve working with individuals and/or groups of hospitalized patients who are being prepared for discharge from the hospital. Assumes a positive and intentional role in initiating personal relationships with patients. Motivates the patient to participate in prescribed care and treatments that work toward the goal of independence, recovery, and discharge. Recognizes the need for discharge planning and assists the IDT in determining necessary support to assist in patient transition to discharge. Plays an in integral role in preparing patients for discharge into the community, nursing home, sheltered care, domiciliary care, halfway houses, and the patient's home.

Work Schedule: All shifts/weekends/holidays

Functional Statement: 00000


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.

e.Grandfathering Provisions. All Nursing Assistants employed in VHA on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the series and grade held that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For additional information about this section, please review VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46.

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).

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; AND

(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.

Reference: For the full VA Qualification Standard, refer to: VA Handbook 5005/81 Part II, Appendix G46

Physical Standards. This position requires walking, standing, stooping, lifting, bending, pushing, turning, and at times carry heavy loads. The work may require regular and recurring ability to to physically control or defend against emotionally ill patients. Must be able to utilize good body mechanics, and have stamina to withstand stress.

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. Unofficial copy of College Transcripts. (Transcripts must contain the name of the school in order to receive consideration.)
  3. VA Form 10-2850c - Application (Available at - required
  4. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure that 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.