This is an open continuous announcement until December 31, 2022. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred as vacancies become available. Float pool staff are expected (and scheduled) to be available minimally 16 hours per pay period. This will include one weekend (defined as the period from midnight Friday to midnight Sunday) per month and 1 major holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day) per year. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: Education: 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. U.S. Citizenship Certification as a CNA by a State is a basic requirement for all grade levels or the on the job experience at the facility for currently employed staff. Once certified, CNAs must maintain a full, active and unrestricted certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of certification will result in removal from the GS-621 CNA series and may result in termination of employment. Meets physical standards consistent with VA Directive and handbook 5019. Is proficient in English. Current BLS certification (American Heart Association) May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). 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 identified below. OR 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 In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 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. 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. Ability to recognize and react to emergent patient/resident care situations and intervene while waiting for assistance References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is 5. Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting. ["The incumbent may be required to work in other areas based on daily staffing needs. The incumbent will be expected to perform all of the required duties. In addition, the Nursing Assistant will be responsible for the following: Able to provide care for a group of residents of varying ages. Able to determine the differences of both physical and psychological effects of aging and/or physical/mental impairments. Uses and follows proper hand hygiene, standard precautions and general infection control principles. Educates, role models, and assist residents and families in adhering to infection control principles. Provides a range of personal care as needed to include bathing, toileting, hair and nail care, and dressing in personal clothing while maintaining privacy and dignity of resident. Actively participates in Restorative Care, optimizing independence with ADL to reach resident's individual goals, helping maintain the highest possible level of function, and improving quality of life, self-image, and self-esteem. Assist residents as needed with eating and drinking; taking measures to prevent aspiration and choking. Assists with positioning/turning, ambulating, transferring and escorting residents using proper equipment and techniques Implements facility guidelines for the prevention of pressure ulcers. Maintains general cleanliness of the resident's environment. Assists as needed with laundering and distributing resident's personal clothing. Provide post mortem care including care of the body, collecting personal effects and transporting the deceased to the morgue or for transport by outside agency. Performs bladder scans and pulse oximetry as needed. Promotes skin healing by applying clean dressing as per facility policy, ostomy/gastrostomy care. Applies external catheters, does catheter and colostomy care. Promotes resident self-determination utilizing the least restrictive methods possible to deliver resident-centered care. Monitors flow of oxygen and replaces empty tanks. 16.Performs oral care. Applies prosthetic devices; prepares resident with adaptive equipment as needed for therapies such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, kinesiotherapy, and recreational therapy. Facilitates and encourages resident participation in therapies. Implements facility fall prevention guidelines such as use of non-skid shoes and socks, hip protector, bed height at a safe position, personal items within reach, clutter free environment, wheelchair brakes working, bed and chair alarm functioning, cords secured, floor mat in place, hourly or more frequent rounding etc. Appropriately documents care given with specific attention to residents' individual care. Recognizes and institutes appropriate action in emergency situations such as performing CPR, Heimlich maneuver for choking, and safety during seizures, and emergency first aid. Performs routine tasks that assist in the implementation of leisure and diversional activities and promotes meaningful use of time that enhances independence, positive self-esteem and relaxing leisure experiences. Continuously solicits resident's interest and participation in leisure and recreational activities. Engages in dialogue and uses multiple media avenues to promote meaningful use of time and participation in leisure activities. Escorts residents to recreation therapy programs as needed. May plan, organize and conduct diversional activities at all times including weekends, holidays, evenings and nights, as appropriate Work Schedule: Varying days/shifts, available minimally 16 hours per pay period\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized"]
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