Nursing Assistant

Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 12, 2018
Mar 12, 2018
Support Staffing
Contract Type
Full Time
The Nursing Assistant positions are available in PATIENT CARE AREAS, Patient Care Service.

The Nursing Assistant provides direct patient/resident care under the direction of a Registered Nurse.

A Nursing Assistant provides technical nursing care to adult and geriatric patients according to a plan of care to adult and geriatric patients according to a plan of care established by a Registered Nurse. The Nursing Assistant reports to the Registered Nurse who is responsible for the assigned patient's care. The GS-5 Nursing Assistant will be proficient in performing the following duties according to approved nursing procedure:

a. Provides for the personal care of patients including: Feeding; Oral hygiene; Shaving; Skin care; Bathing; Showers; Tub Baths; Use of bedpan or urinal; Application of external catheters/drainage bags; Bed making; Distributing nourishments; Care for patients in isolation.
b. Performs, reports, and records the following activities: Vital signs; Neurological vital signs; Pulses-apical, carotid, pedal; Height/Weight; Visual chemstrip and glucometer measurements; Intake and output measurements; Cleansing and retention enemas; Suppository placement (non-medicated); Urethral catherization; Care of established colostomies and ileostomies and application of bag; Tube feedings; Sterile & non-sterile specimen collection; Range of joint motion; Elastic bandage & hose application; Hot & cold non-sterile compresses; Sterile dressing & irrigations; Initiation of deep breathing & coughing exercises; Oral & nasal suctioning; Tracheostomy tube suctioning; Oxygen therapy; Observation or IV flow rate Care of the body after death.
c. Provides for supportive care of patients: Admissions, discharges & transfers; Orienting patient to environment; Ambulation; Transfers from bed to chair/stretcher/wheelchair; Turning & positioning; Bed rails & bedboard application; Restraint & protective device application; Mechanical lifters utilization; Transporting, escorting & errands.
d. Observes and reports more subtle changes/ abnormalities in patient condition.
e. Assists with RN with modification of treatment plans to accommodate cultural preferences, religious preferences, and changes that occur with aging.
f. Assists the RN in formulating nursing objectives for individual patient care.
g. Participates in the implementation of the care plan developed by the RN.
h. Supports the health care team (e.g. RN, MD, OT) in diagnostic and therapeutic activities.
i. Initiates appropriate rehabilitative measures (e.g. dangling, ambulating).
j. Reinforces relevant patient education activities.
k. Recognizes and initiates appropriate actions in urgent/emergent situation, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS) when appropriate.
l. Utilizes appropriate emergency evacuation techniques.

Work Schedule: Sunday - Saturday; Full-time and Part-time positions available, Various Shifts Available: Days, Evenings and Nights (Rotating Weekends)

Financial Disclosure Report: Not RequiredBasic Requirements:
  • U.S. citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may 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 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 a GS-3.
  • English Language Proficiency: NAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A., Paragraph 3j.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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, nursing assistant 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 nursing assistant is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a nursing assistant 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.

Grade Determinations:
GS-5 [NA] (Full Performance Level)
(a) 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;
(b) 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
(c) Demonstrated 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 [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.

Preferred Experience: One year experience on an inpatient unit. CNA certification preferred.

References: VA Handbook 5005/81 Part II Appendix G46

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 5.Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. 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. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment.

Physical Demands Include: Heavy lifting of 45 pounds or more; moderate carrying of 15-44 pounds; straight pulling for up to 2 hours; pushing up to 4 hours; use of fingers, both hands and legs required; walking and standing up for 4 hours, ability for rapid, simultaneous mental and muscular coordination; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other eye; ability to distinguish shades of color and hear without an aid.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:

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), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
1. CV or Resume.(Required)
2. Occupational Questionnaire. (Required)
3. OF 306, Declaration for Federal Employment (Required) (Available at
4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at
5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
6. Any and all supporting documents submitted will be forwarded to the selecting official (no photos accepted).

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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