The employee serves as Nursing Assistant (NA) in Patient Care Services at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Tomah, WI. Areas of assignment include Inpatient Community Living Centers include 400S, 401A, 401B, 402A, 402B, 403AN, 403B and 406A: the inpatient Acute Care units include 400A and 403A, Outpatient 404, Urgent Care, and the float pool. The NA works under the supervision of a registered nurse or other licensed health care professional.
-Performs a variety of personal care or nursing care activities which do not require practical or vocational nursing licensure or professional nurse educational.
-Performs work assisting other Medical personnel in the diagnosis or treatment of patient/resident illnesses or medical conditions.
-Assists providers and nurses in the care and treatment of patients/residents receiving medical, psychiatric, or outpatient treatment. Provides therapeutic interactions with patients/residents at all times.
-Performs simple treatment procedures such as apply or removing binders, arm slings, dressing, and bandages or applying warm and cool packs.
-Observes patients/residents for change in condition (deviation in color, pulse, respiration, pulse oximetry, temperature, blood pressure, pain).
-Uses fall prevention strategies while assisting patients/residents to stand, walk or transfer.
-Performs a wider variety of duties aimed at increasing the comfort and spirit of the patient/resident.
-Assisting patients/residents with feeding based on prescribed diet and is aware of patients/residents that are high risk of choking or aspiration.
-Addresses patients/resident's non-routine care and comfort needs for psychosocial and spiritual well-being, prevention of skin breakdown, rehabilitation, pain management, infection control, and safety to include falls precaution information.
-Other additional duties assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday to Friday AM shift, Rotating Weekends & Holidays
Financial Disclosure Report: None
- BASIC REQUIREMENTS: The following are the basic requirements and qualifications for this position:
English Language Proficiency
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS GS-5:
Experience: At least one full year of progressively responsible assignments and experience as a Nursing Assistant at the GS-4 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment.
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. Transcripts Required if qualifying based on education.
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 Nursing Assistants 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.
Note: Evidence of experience, must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Please provide such documentation on your application or resume. Also, please provide work experience information such as hours per week and starting/ending dates of employment (month and year format) to establish one (1) full year of experience. The requirement for this proof is specified in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement. To be credible, experience must be documented in the application and verifiable through employment references and/or other means. *Your resume must support your answers in the occupational questionnaire.
References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46, Nursing Assistant Qualification Standards, dated 3/12/2015. This can be found in the local Human Resource Office.
- The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5.
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:
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