Nursing Assistant, Waco (Float Pool)

Location
Waco, TX
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jan 11, 2018
Closes
Jan 18, 2018
Specialty
Support Staffing
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

***THIS POSITION IS FOR A FLOAT POOL NURSING ASSISTANT; REGULAR AND IRREGULAR TOURS; WEEKENDS; HOLIDAY SHIFTS; AND WILL BE "FLOATING" FROM ONE UNIT TO ANOTHER.***Departments included are: 94 Acute Psychiatry, 94 Acute (Women's Unit), 94 SMILE, 7B PRRTP, CLC.

Tour of Duty: Rotating Tours of Duty to include days, weekends, evening and night shifts. Primary shifts schedules are 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, 3:30 pm - 12:00 am, and 11:30 pm - 8:00 am. Other Tours of Duty that may be utilized are 5:00 am - 1:30 pm, 6:00 am - 2:30 pm, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, and 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm.

The Nursing Assistant (NA) performs duties under the direct supervision of a registered nurse and or Licensed Vocational Nurse. Provides patient care which is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional, spiritual, chronological, recreational, and diversional needs of the adult (ages 17-59) or geriatric (ages 60+) patient.

Duties include but are not limited to:
* Demonstrates knowledge of the changes associated with aging and demonstrates the ability to provide care based upon age related factors as specified on competence assessment checklist
Performs personal care by completing, encouraging, supervising, or assisting the patient in activities of daily living.
* Gives attention to details of care.
* Assists patients with nutritional intake, including documentation of intake. * Provides post mortem care.
* Collects and transports specimens as needed.
* Completes and records intake and output computations, including amount of intravenous fluid intake. *
Performs a wide range of treatments/procedures as directed for adult and geriatric patients who are medically, surgically, and/or psychiatrically ill.
* Observes, monitors, communicates, and documents care given, reports status of patients and changes noted to the registered nurse.
* Recognizes emergency situations (i.e., codes, disasters, fire and safety issues) and takes appropriate and immediate action. * Successfully performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver. * Completes assignments in accordance with instructions and the patient's treatment plan.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

"Veterans' preference does not apply for current permanent Federal agency employees as long as they are listed as part of the area of consideration."


Functional Statement Title: Nursing Assistant (NA) GS 3-5.

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Completed one year above high school with courses related to the occupation or do you possess an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assist.
  • Proficient in both spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience: Certification preferred, but is not required.

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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 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. Nursing Assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
Grade Determinations:

GS-3: None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-4: One year of specialized experience as a nursing assistant or experience in another medical field (LPN, 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.

OR

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

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

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 of 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: 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 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

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 Vocation 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 nursing assistants by assisting with 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.

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. References: Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard GS-0621 Veterans Health Administration, VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G46.Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. 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.

This position also requires the incumbent to be able to demonstrate competency in therapeutic containment skills which includes verbal and physical de-escalation techniques. Competency is determined by being successful in a clinical check-off on verbal interventions and a demonstration of "PHYSICAL" skills to include Level 3 and Level 4 physical components of PMDB listed below.
*Turning, twisting, and rotating your wrists and arms
*Pivoting on your feet and turning around
*Raising your arms over your head
*Bending and rotating your neck
*Making an "X" with your forearms in front of you
*Raising each leg, being able to stand on each leg independently
*Transfer from a standing position to a kneeling position with both knees on the floor
*Transfer from a standing lunge position to both knees on the floor
*Moving, sitting, and lying on the floor to contain a violently acting out person

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:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Application 10-2850c is required to be considered for this position. Please complete form in its entirety. If you answer "YES" to questions item # 15B and/or item # 28 through # 37, please attach a separate sheet of paper with a brief explanation for each question to which you answered "Yes". Information must current not older than a year. Outdated and/or incomplete applications will be ineligible for consideration.

Other - VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf - Information must be current not older than a year. Outdated and/or incomplete applications will be considered ineligible.

Resume: Your resume must include the following information for each job you list: Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses ; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time or part-time status, PRN (include hours worked per week) Information must be current not older than a year.

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants (if applicable):

*DD-214 - If claiming Veteran's Preference
*Other Veterans Document - VA Rating Letter
*SF-50 - If current Federal Employee
*Cover Letter - Optional
*OF-306 - Optional
*SF-15 - Optional
*Transcript - optional

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, 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.

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