Nursing Assistant- ASU/PACU
The Nursing Assistant for the Ambulatory Nursing division is an active support member of the nursing team, responsible for applying basic nursing support skills in accordance with existing VA policies and procedures. The incumbent must have knowledge of and skill sufficient to understand and properly use equipment, material and supplies in the perianesthesia environment to carry out various assignments. The incumbent will assist the RN with perianesthesia patient care; obtain vital signs; obtain electrocardiograms; perform pre-operative shaving; and transport patients throughout the facility, among other duties. The nursing assistant manages Veterans with attention to infection control precautions, including all levels of isolation and RME cleaning. This position requires regular and recurring contact with patients. Superior customer service skills are required. This position also requires extensive walking, standing, bending, lifting, pushing and pulling. The ability to use lift devices and good body mechanics when lifting and transferring patients is required. The incumbent shall consistently protect printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Action of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, statues and policy, and VHA policy.
Preferred Experience /Qualifications
Minimum two years recent nursing assistant experience (perianesthesia or surgical environments preferred)
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, Hours rage from 5am through 6pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English language proficiency - Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Education or Training. One year about 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-03.Grade Determinations:
GS-3 (Entry Level):
Experience and Education: None beyond the Basic Requirements. Individuals assigned as GS-3 Nursing Assistants are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.
In addition to the Basic Requirements above, to qualify for this position at the GS-4 level, you must meet one of the following requirements:
Experience: You must have at least one (1) full 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.
Education: Successful completion of two (2) years of education 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 Nursing Assistant position, such as education in a program for psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technicians. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
In addition to the experience or education above, at the GS-4 level, you must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) below:Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents.
Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner.
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.
Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals.
GS-05 (Full Performance Level):
In addition to the Basic Requirements above, to qualify for this position at the GS-5 level, you must meet one of the following requirements:
Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-4) which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the Nursing Assistant specific assignment.
Education: Successful completion of four (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. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
In addition to the experience or education above, at the GS-5 level, you must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) below: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.
Ability to communicate in person with patients/residents, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. This includes serving as a preceptor to new Nursing Assistants by assisting with the coordination of their orientation and overseeing/assessing their practical experience while in a clinical setting.
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 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46 Nursing Assistant, dated March 12, 2015. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-05.Physical Requirements: In accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u). Nursing Assistant Funcational Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling moderate; Pushing moderate; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking; Standing; Kneeling; Repeated bending; Climbling, legs only; Both legs required; 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); Other, Emotional stability ability to hear whispered voice; Slippery or uneven walking surfaces; Working with hands in water; working closely with others; Protracted or irregular hours of work.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Most Recent SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. This is a required form and must be submitted with your application. (No Award SF-50s will be accepted) you must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action." This is the most recent SF-50 that indicates proof of status (If you are a career or a career-conditional employee) and identifies your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). (Available in your e-OPF).
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
- Other Veterans Document