Nursing Assistant (Med/Surg)

Salisbury, NC
Jan 10, 2018
Jan 24, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Nursing Assistant (NA) functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists licensed nursing staff in the care of patients who are acute, sub-acute or chronic states of illnesses. The NA will typically have patient assignments which involve more complex nursing needs, and these needs can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements.

These duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse in the provision of patient care by meeting the patient's nursing needs;
  • Maintaining knowledge and skill in performing support duties which include monitoring vital signs, pain level, height and weight, ADLs, finger stick glucose, body mechanics, etc.;
  • Completing assignments and assisting others as needed;
  • Participating in assessing patient's teaching needs and participating in patient and family teaching;
  • Encouraging patient and family to attend educational classes such as diabetes, hypertension, nutrition, and weight management;
  • Maintaining confidentiality of electronic, written and verbal patient/employee information;
  • Demonstrating appropriate body mechanics when repositioning or moving patients;
  • Maintaining the ability to physically intervene with disruptive patients and protect self and others from injury.
  • Will perform other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Evening shift: 4:00 p.m. - Midnight, to include weekends and holidays.

Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant, Medical SurgicalBasic Requirements:
  • 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. CNAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
GS-5 Nursing Assistant (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
(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.
This is the full performance level for [NAs]. [NAs] at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other patients/residents who are in acute, sub acute or chronic states of illness. The distinguishing factor is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. [NAs] at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role.
References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G46. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is 05.Physical Requirements: Duties require extensive periods of standing and walking. Working with patients requires bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, pulling, and other similar activities. The use of correct body mechanics is required.

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:

  • VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations
  • Resume
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:

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).

  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

Federal Employees: Veterans' preference does not apply to promotions, reassignment, change to lower grade or transfer if the external area of consideration includes other current permanent Federal agency employees.

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