Charles George VAMC Nursing Service has two (2) vacancies working as a Nursing Assistant with Hospice and Long Term Care providing care to a variety of patients with varying diagnoses. The Nursing Assistant will perform basic and complex nursing care as well as provide 1:1 care for dementia patients and other patients with varying terminal medical conditions.
Nursing Assistants in Hospice and Long Term Care are involved in the interdisciplinary care of Veterans. Care includes assistance with all activities of daily living, recreational activities, and participation in leisure activities specific to the Veteran.
Work Schedule: Full-time; 80 hours/pay period; Variable tours of 8- and 12-hour shifts
Days/Evenings/Nights with alternating weekends
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- The nursing assistant must be able to perform with skill and effectiveness all duties associated with nursing assistant work.
- Provide repositioning and comfort measures in a holistic manner.
- Measuring vital signs (to include temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, weight). Pulse oximetry, chart documentation, direct patient care duties and patient safety. Performs a wide variety of duties aimed at increasing the comfort and spirit of the patient.
- Ensures proper specimen collection to include labeling according to policy, handling and delivery to the laboratory.
- The nursing assistant performs and records a variety of duties that include activities of daily living, body mechanics, nutrition, elimination, safety and special procedures.
- 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 possess an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assistant.
- Proficient in both spoken and written English.
Nursing Assistant Certification preferred, but is not required.
Hospice and palliative care experience
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.
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.
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-621 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.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Financial Disclousre is not required.
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):
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 and not older than a year. Outdated and/or incomplete applications will be considered ineligible. Please complete form in its entirety including full addresses. Please provide a brief explanation for each question to which you answered "Yes," that requires an explanation as noted on the application. You may attach a separate sheet of paper to the application package.
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 - If claiming Veterans Preference
*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.