Maintains acceptable nursing practice standards within the health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse and physician. Performs procedures and completes patient care pertaining to activities of daily living and adapts routine care for assigned patients in accordance with established policies, procedures, and guidelines with general instructions given by the RN/LVN. Uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments and in prioritizing assigned duties based on patient condition and previous instructions, obtains additional instructions for any unusual or unfamiliar situations where appropriate guidelines are not readily available, and works with minimal supervision.
1. Provides wide range of personal care for patients in keeping with Department of Nursing standards and with attention to preserving personal dignity, autonomy, religious preferences, cultural values and age appropriate needs.
2. Performs a range of diagnostic support duties which includes preparing patients for tests, examinations and treatments, and basic assessment functions (i.e. vs., weights, heights etc.)
3. Performs basic nursing treatments; perform nursing functions such as personal care, assistance with ADL's, vital signs, blood glucose checks, assigned treatments, and specimen collection within established hospital policy and procedures.
4. *Implements use of urinary drainage devices as directed and completes intake and output records accurately.
5. Performs actions targeted to the maintenance/restoration of skin integrity.
6. *Properly prepares oxygen dependent patients for transport to procedures.
7. *Appropriately uses protective and restraining devices as ordered.
8. Provides emotional patient and family care.
9. Maintains client/patient privacy.
10. Collects patient data including observation of patient/client status.
11. Monitors neurological signs.
12. Implements seizure precautions as directed.
13. Responds appropriately to emergency situations.
14. Complies with universal precaution and with all infection control policies and procedures
15. Assists/completes clerical and transport functions as assigned.
16. Maintains a clean, orderly and safe environment and encourage residents to take pride in the cleanliness of their environment.
17. Performs a range of personal nursing care which includes recognizing significant change and initiating appropriate action as well as help with admission including contraband checks, transfers, discharges and nursing care procedures specific to the unit.
Work Schedule: Various shift available, includes weekends (every other weekend) and holidays
Education or Training. One year above high school with courses related to the NA 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. Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
a. Creditable Experience
1. Knowledge of Current Practice. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the current practice.
2. Quality of Experience. To be creditable, NA experience must be documented on the application or resume and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.
3. Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a NA is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a NA employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.
b. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
GS-3 NA (Entry Level)
Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements.
Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.
Experience. One year of specialized experience as a NA 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 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;
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 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)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;
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;
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.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 3 to 5. Physical Requirements: Physical Requirements: Position is subject to a pre-employment physical and medical examination. Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted)
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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
- VA Form 10-2850c