Nursing Assistant

Detroit, MI
Feb 01, 2019
Mar 01, 2019
Support Staffing
Contract Type
Full Time
Individuals assigned as GS-5 CNAs are considered to be a the full performance level and are supervised. CNAs at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of Veterans and veterans receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other Veterans and veterans who are in acute, sub-acute, or choric states of illness. The significant factor is that they provide care under supervision and refer issues/questions to a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse. CNAs at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role.A CNA GS 5 is responsible but not limited to the following major responsibilities:
  • Administers nursing care to Veterans, such as baths/showers, cleaning skin around the gastronomy, colostomy and trach sites , minor dressing changes, and post-mortem care as assigned.
  • Assists Veterans in achieving optimum muscle functioning by positioning, turning and providing active or passive range of motion.
  • Assists with Veteran activities using rehabilitative and restorative nursing care as identified in the plan of care. Participates and encourages Veteran attendance in structured activities (e.g, groups, orientation and diversional activities), based on Veteran care needs.
  • Participates in the interdisciplinary treatment team meeting process, including sharing observations.
  • Ability to assist in the full range of nursing care for Veterans with physical and/or behavioral problems while meeting their diverse needs based on age, culture, ethnic, spiritual, and war conflict group, in a hospital, long term care or outpatient setting under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or /Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Maintain BLS and ACLS certification
  • Takes vital signs, pain screening, pulse oximetry, height and weight, blood sugars and records in CPRS according to policy and procedure, and relates abnormalities in vital signs to Registered Nurse

Work Schedule: 3pm-1130pm, 7am-730pm, 11am-1130pm with rotating days, weekends, and holidays
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements:
  • 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. Nursing Assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.

Preferred Experience: Certification preferred but not required.

Grade Determinations:
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.

References: Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard GS-621 Veterans Health Administration, VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G46.

Physical Requirements: 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-5Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds and over, Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over, Straight pulling (4 hours), Pushing (4 hours), Reaching above shoulder, Both hands required, Walking (8-12 hours), Standing (8-12 hours), Repeated bending (8 hours), 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, Both eyes required, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing (aid permitted), Transferring patients & objects may be required, Do protective clothing in isolation situation or operative/ invasive procedures, May occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium..


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

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
  • Nursing Assistant Certification
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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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