Nursing Assistant (ED)
The incumbent serves as a Nursing Assistant in the Emergency Department (ED) of the Primary Care Service Line. The incumbent supports the nursing staff/providers with care of patients presenting to the ED. They may be required to float to the Primary Care clinics and /or inpatient units to assist with the same type of patient care. The individual plans and carries out patient assignments independently under general supervision of the RN, provider or Nurse Manager. Duties include, but are not limited to:
* Performs temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation measurements.
* Performs 12 lead EKG's under < 10 minutes according to ED performance measures.
* Performs phlebotomy according to procedure in timely manner in accordance with ED and hospital standards. Labels specimens according to hospital standards and using dual identifiers.
* Properly uses glucometer, vital signs equipment and EKG machine. Follows OSHA guidelines for proper handling of all specimens.
* Ensures patient safety by following appropriate safety measures/ and using correct equipment to prevent patient and /or employee injury, i.e.: overhead lifts, wheelchair lifts, hover mat during transfer of patients. Make rounds throughout the ED and addresses needs of the patient within nursing assistance scope of practice. Provides direct personal and hygienic to all categories of patients including those in strict isolation.
* Performs patient care procedures such as collection of specimens, applying simply dressings, catheter changes, EKG, splints.
* Maintains adequate stock of supplies. Works closely with TSS to ensure par level for supplies is adequate.
* Escorts patients to and from radiology, CT, inpatient units when patient is not on telemetry monitor.
* Perform other duties as assigned by RN, Team Leader and/or Nurse Manager of the ED.
Work Schedule: six 12 hours shifts (7:30am- 8:00pm,or 9:00am - 5:30pm, 1:30pm - 2:00am), and one 8-hour shift. The shifts include weekends and holidays.
Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant, GS-5
Citizenship: U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA regulation.
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.
English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience: High School, GED and/or college; 2-3 years Nursing Assistant experience.
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.
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:
GS-5: Must possess Experience: 1 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 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 the KSAs listed below. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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 director of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurse. (2). Ability to communicate orally with patients/residents, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. This includes serving as a perception to new Nursing Assistants 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix GS46, NURSING ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing and reaching over head. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements; such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Incumbent may be exposed, on a short term basis to fumes, dust and other debris.
This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital and is an essential function of the position. Some positions require rotation of tours or indefinite work on non-administrative tours as established by the immediate supervisor.
Other Factors: Lifting 50 pounds; repetitive motions, i.e. typing; perform CPR; ability to read - reading 70% of the time on computers.All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:*Cover Letter
*Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
*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 checklistto 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 2007387.
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.