Nursing Assistant - Community Living Center
The San Francisco VA Medical Center Community Living Center (CLC)/Geriatrics & Extended Care (GEC) is a team of health care providers caring for a diverse age range of veterans admitted to our facility at various stages of life. The goal of the CLC is to transform a hospital like environment into an innovative home that improves quality of life while enhancing both privacy and social connections. The primary focus of the CLC is Cultural Transformation making our facility a home for living rather than a place for dying.
Rehabilitative, restorative and supportive nursing care is provided to prevent deterioration when possible, to achieve and maintain optimal levels of functioning, independence and comfort, maximizing the Veterans' ability to adapt and adjust to living as independently and safely as possible.
A Nursing Assistant at the San Francisco VA Medical Community Living Center will be responsible to provide nursing care to aging and terminally ill residents/patients in a home like environment. Performs and encourages residents/patients to maintain optimal self-care in a range of personal nursing duties. A Nursing Assistant will perform routine patient care documentation using an electronic pictorial care documentation system as well as paper records.
Assists patients with maintaining daily living activities such as bathing, oral hygiene, hair and nail care, feeding, etc., performs diagnostic support duties. Obtains requested specimens. Performs a range of therapeutic measures, turns and positions patients. Demonstrates restorative care techniques to foster patient independence including range of motion exercises, ambulation, encouraging self-care, etc.
Participates in resident/patient groups, performs a range of motion exercises, recognizes and reports changes in patient condition to Charge Nurse and Team Leaders. Encourages patient/family involvement in management of daily living activities. Supports and complies with established safety policies and procedures. The CLC utilizes a wide range of lifting equipment. This position requires working flexible schedules as assigned.
Work Schedule: Full Time, Variable Shifts
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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.
- 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: Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
Experience and Education: None beyond the basic requirements.
Experience: One 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 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 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
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 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; 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 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..
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/81, PART II, APPENDIX G46 - NURSING ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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 GS-3 to GS-5.Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; straight pulling; pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking; standing; kneeling; repeated bending; climbing, use of legs and arms; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; 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).
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- 10-2850 application
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).
- 10-2850 application