This position is located in the Eastern Colorado Health Care System under Patient Care Services/Interventional Services. The purpose of this position is to provide a range of direct patient care in collaboration with the perioperative nursing team. The major duties of this position are:
- Performs the variety of nursing care tasks including bathing, skin care, feedings, positioning, turning, and lifting patients.
- Observes safety, sanitary, and fire rules/regulations. Recognizes and reports safety hazards and the need to initiate measures to eliminate the hazard and prevent injury. Recognizes and reports emergencies and responds appropriately.
- Cares for patients with communicable diseases for which standard precautions are required.
- Provides urinary/catheter care to include perineal hygiene.
- Assists with the rehabilitation of patients and in the prevention of deformities by correct position, and assisting with activities of daily living including ambulation. Performs range of motion activities.
- Takes and records vital signs to include temperature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure; and measuring height and weight.
- Provides emotional support to patients/families. Respects patients' rights and dignity, including privacy and confidentiality.
- Assists in supervising patients in transfer activities, personal hygiene, preventing spread of infectious diseases, and in the preventive and rehabilitative aspects of care.
- Follows Medical Center and Nursing Service policies and procedures for inventorying and securing patients' belongings, to include valuables and prosthetic devices such as dentures, hearing aids, eyes, and limbs.
- Observes and reports both obvious and more subtle changes in patients' condition or emotional status, e.g. signs of post-operative shock, hemorrhages, cyanosis, respiratory distress, aspiration of mucus, infiltration of IV fluids, or different or unusual behavior.
- Collects urine, sputum, and stool specimens.
- Initiates cardio-pulmonary resuscitation in accordance with established Medical Center Policy.
- After receiving documented training and demonstrating competence, assists with setting up and operating special equipment.
- Applies oxygen as directed by the Registered Nurse and assists the nurse with nebulization treatments (except ultrasonic). Medication for nebulization must be prepared/administered by the RN/LPN.
- Participates in patient care conferences and contributes to the formulation of nursing care plans.
- Observes and reports patient complaints, results of treatment performed, change inpatient's condition, behavior and/or attitude.
- Assists with the admission, discharge, and transfer of patients according to Medical Center and Nursing Service Policy.
- Performs any other assignments appropriate to level of training as directed by the nurse in charge.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.Basic Requirements:Citizenship. Must be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g.)
English Language Proficiency. Nursing Assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
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 the experience requirements for GS-3.
GS-3 (Entry Level)
(a) Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements.
(a) 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;
(b) 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 be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required for the position listed below.
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)
(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; AND be able to demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) listed in paragraph (c);
(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 be able to demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) listed in paragraph (c).
(c) 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 [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.
References: VA Handbook 5005 Qualification Standard Appendix G46Physical Requirements: The position involves considerable standing, walking, bending, crouching, reaching, pushing, lifting, turning and repositioning patients. It requires assisting with transferring patients to wheelchairs/litters and transporting them to other departments. In addition to the aforementioned duties, it may involve moving equipment also in excess of 50 pounds. The position may require the incumbent to go up and down several flights of stairs in response to all emergency codes. The position requires visual and auditory acuity at a level to enable the incumbent to perform his/her duties. The incumbent must be clean and neat in appearance.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (VA 10-2850c)
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
- Cover Letter
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (VA 10-2850c)
- Other Veterans Document