Nursing Assistant (1A ) Med/Surg

Murfreesboro, TN
Nov 14, 2017
Dec 08, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The incumbent functions as a member of the nursing team and assists the Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse in the care of patients in the acute, sub acute or chronic states of illness. The incumbent performs aspects of care, which require understanding of complex patient treatment programs, an understanding of physical and behavioral concepts, which are essential to individualizing nursing care. The incumbent has advanced skills and is able to identify subtle changes in patient condition.

Performs personal care needs such as bathing, feeding, lifting, turning, oral care, hair care, shaving and related hygiene needs. Personal care includes attending to elimination needs. Performs a variety of treatment procedures including measuring I & O, foley care, vital signs, and phlebotomy. Transports patients as needed. Charts in CPRS. Intermittent telemetry monitoring. Maintains BLS certification and may have to work with code team. Provide 1:1 support for patients as ordered. Other tasks identified according to the needs of the service.


    • 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 CNA occupation. Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
    • Certification as a CNA by a state. For verification purposes, you must provide the state and certification number on your resume. (CNA must maintain a full,active and unrestricted certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of certification may result in termination of employment.)
    • Grandfathering Provisions: All Nursing Assistants employed in VHA effective 3/26/14 or prior are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the series and grade held that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation.
    • English Language Proficiency: Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C.7402(d), and 7407(d).

Specialized Experience is experience which is in or directly related to the duties of the position to be filled such as non professional nursing care, work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other medical, nursing, or patient care facility, or in such work as that of a home health aid. While working in the above areas the duties must have included technical and medical support functions such as personal care needs, i.e bathing, feeding lifting, taking vital signs collecting specimens or other functions which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties as described in this announcement.

GS-4 - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's)

1. Ability to provide a range o 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 professional.

To qualify at the GS-5 level:

(a) Experience. One year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-4 level (see GS 4 KSA's above)which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities(KSA's) 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) Demonostrated 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.

When describing your experience please include your title, duties performed, and dates of employment (month/year). We will not make assumptions regarding your 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.

QualificationReference: Certified Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard GS-621 Veterans Health Administration, VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G46.

Physical Standards/Requirements: See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.?, Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; straight pulling; pushing; reaching above shoulder;use of fingers; both hands required; walking; standing; kneeling; repeated bending; climbing, use of legs and arms; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors;hearing (aid permitted).

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. You must submit a CV or Resume. Your resume MUST include the following information:

  • The name of the school, hospital or program that you attendedfor Nursing Assistantand month and year it was completed.
  • For each position you have held, make sure to list the employers information, your job title, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, average hours worked per week and a detailed description of your experience for each position (must meet the GS5 qualifications to be considered and we will not be able to make assumption of your experience)

2. You must complete the Online Questionnaire (1203FX if faxing)

3. If you are using education to qualify for this position, you must submit a copy of your transcripts.

4. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (Preferred). You may be asked to complete this form at the time of interview, or at the time selected for the position

5. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at (Preferred). You will be required to complete this form if selected for the position.

6. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit the SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference", furnishing the required documentation as stated on the back of the SF-15. The form is available at the following internet address:

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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

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