Nursing Assistant - Acute Care

Bath, NY
Jun 16, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
The incumbent works under the supervision of the registered nurse and displays knowledge and ability in providing a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems.The Nursing Assistant, GS/5 serves as a responsible member of the nursing team and interacts with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel. In addition to meeting the expectations of a NA/4, the incumbent displays greater understanding of the patient and treatment plan through observations, suggestions and self-directions.

Participates in planning, implementing and evaluating by:
Maintaining positive patient/family relationships.
Assisting in the collection of objective and subjective data related to more complex patient situations including:
  • Identifying and reporting subtle changes in patients' behavior or condition.
  • Identifying and reporting variances related to neurological signs, I&O, IV flow rate, vital signs and other parameters.

Participating in patient centered conference/shift reports, and contributing information for the development and review of the patient care plan.
Maintaining a clean, safe and therapeutic environment and reporting potential/actual hazards to the registered nurse.
Providing physical/psychological support and instructions relative to diagnostic procedures.
Performing aspects of nursing care in a variety of situations to meet patients non-routine needs for:
  • personal hygiene
  • activity, exercise
  • nutrition
  • elimination
  • prevention of skin breakdown

Recognizes emergent situations and initiating appropriate action.
Performing treatments which include application of prescribed topical medications and insertion of suppositories, which are prescribed for the purpose of stimulating bowel actions. Exceptions are chemotherapeutic topical medications, debridement agents, Nitro paste and Lidocaine.
Will be responsible for the administration and documentations of treatments, which they are authorized to perform, utilizing BCMA as the documentation tool.
Setting up patient care related equipment such as oxygen, suction and assisting in monitoring proper functioning equipment.
Reporting patient status to the registered nurse and documenting pertinent information in the medical record including current status and/or subtle changes in patient's biopsychosocial and spiritual status.

Work Schedule: 12 hour shifts. Specifics to be discussed at interview
Functional Statement Title: Nursing Assistant 0141

Basic Requirements:
  • 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 do you possess an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assist.
  • Proficient in both spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience: Certification preferred, but is not required.

Basic 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.

Grade Determinations:

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.None

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

  • CERTIFICATION (if applicable)
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). - Information must be current not older than a year. Outdated and/or incomplete applications will be considered ineligible.
  • SF-50 (current federal civilians only)
  • 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 - Optional
    *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.

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