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NURSING ASSISTANT (Community Living Center, Long Stay Unit)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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Job Description

The selected Nursing Assistant (NA)functions as a member of the care team who assists multi-disciplined providers and licensed nursing staff with the care of Veterans inour Inpatient Long Term Care Unit.In this role, you will provide care under close supervision and refer issues/questions to supervisors or other healthcare professionals. Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Provide family care to Veterans who live on the unit such as observing, recording and reporting changes in their behavior, condition and symptom management;
  • Assist with Veterans" personal care for activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming and assist with nutritional intake;
  • Participate in recreational activities to promote Veteran quality of life;
  • Function in a capacity that supports the Veteran and his/her family;
  • Provide reassurance and support;
  • Assist with duties for diagnostic procedures, which include preparing the Veteran and monitoring the Veteran"s condition;
  • Promote Veteran participation in atherapeuticenvironment by fostering self-reliance and independence;
  • Administer prescribed treatments and medication in accordance with hospital policy, procedures and SOPs;
  • Treat Veterans and family members with dignity and respect;
  • Communicate effectively with care team, Veterans, and family members;
  • Monitor Veterans for risk behaviors (including elopement, wandering, suicide, fall, behavior, and pressure ulcer) and communicate to appropriate care team member when further intervention is needed;
  • Respond during emergencies;
  • Promote safe and clean environment; and
  • Complete documentation ensuring all personal, private information is protected according to appropriate policy and procedure.

SCHEDULED WORK SHIFT:Evenings (4:00pm-Midnight);includes weekends and holidays.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
  • Education or Training. One year above high school with courses related to the CNA occupation. Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
  • Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.e. English Language Proficiency. CNAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
  • Grandfathering Provisions. All Nursing Assistants employed in VHA on the effective date of current qualification standard (03/24/2014) are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the series and grade held that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For additional information about this section, please review VA Handbook 5005/71, Part II, Appendix G46.

Preferred Experience: At least one year of experience as a Nursing Assistant performing duties in a hospital, nursing home or other inpatientenvironment. Duties performed include: providing ADLs,promoting quality of life through various therapeutic activities,and support the patient and family members with educational opportunity.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

GRADE DETERMINATION:

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; OR

(b) Education. Successful completion of 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 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs).In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Ability toassist 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 CNAs 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.

(d) Assignment. This is the full performance level for NAs. NAs at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other patients/residents who are in acute sub acute or chronic states of illness. The distinguishing factor is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. NAs at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role.

Reference: For the full VA Qualification Standard, refer to: VA Handbook 5005/71 Part II, Appendix G46 http://www.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=740&FType=2

Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. Able to perform during potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling and pushing,transferring patients and objects.

Veterans" Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*OF-306
*Other(VA 10-2850c)
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1769765.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 12, 2016Friday, August 12, 2016 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
  • Education or Training. One year above high school with courses related to the CNA occupation. Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
  • Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.e. English Language Proficiency. CNAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
  • Grandfathering Provisions.  All Nursing Assistants employed in VHA on the effective date of current qualification standard (03/24/2014) are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the series and grade held that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation.  For additional information about this section, please review VA Handbook 5005/71, Part II, Appendix G46.

 

Preferred Experience:  At least one year of experience as a Nursing Assistant performing duties in a hospital, nursing home or other inpatient environment.  Duties performed include: providing ADLs, promoting quality of life through various therapeutic activities, and support the patient and family members with educational opportunity.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

GRADE DETERMINATION:

 

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; OR

(b) Education. Successful completion of 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 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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 CNAs 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.

 

(d)  Assignment.  This is the full performance level for NAs.  NAs at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other patients/residents who are in acute sub acute or chronic states of illness.  The distinguishing factor is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements.  NAs at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role.

 

Reference:  For the full VA Qualification Standard, refer to:  VA Handbook 5005/71 Part II, Appendix G46  http://www.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=740&FType=2

About U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

To be eligibile candidates must: 

  • have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

  • have successfully passed the NCLEX-RN exam and hold an active, unrestricted license by the start of the program, but have no RN experience. 

  • be able to work full time on day shift with preceptors and mentors.

  • sign a statement of commitment. 

  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

  • Send cover letter & resume to Cynthia.Golden2@va.gov.

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