Recruitment/Relocation incentive maybe authorized up to $10,000 for highly qualified candidates. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement 08/24/2022. BASIC REQUIREMENTS Citizenship: Must be a Citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Education or Training: Must possess one year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation, OR completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assistant. (TRANSCRIPTS or CERTIFICATION REQUIRED) In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must meet the following GRADE REQUIREMENTS: GS-3 Level: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-4 Level: Experience: One year of specialized experience as a NA or experience in another medical field (licensed practical nurse, 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; OR 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 (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED); AND In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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 and 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 Level: 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; OR 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 In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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. References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46.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-3 to GS-5. Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and lifting in the direct care of patients; some extended periods of sitting and/or standing. ["This position is located on our 6CN unit. 6CN is a 17-bed medical/surgical/telemetry unit. Care is provided to the Veteran population that has a vast variety of medical issues or has undergone a recent general surgical procedure. Telemetry, if indicated, can be provided to any patient housed on the unit. Major Duties of a Nursing Assistant on 6CN: Providing direct patient care which includes obtaining and documenting vital signs, intake and output, and other required data. Reporting of abnormal values or a change in the patient's condition. Following the plan of care by providing appropriate level of assistance with activities of daily living to include bathing, feeding, grooming, and mobilizing with demonstration of skills which reflect the needs of the adult population. Monitor patients who require close observation. Appropriate support duties, i.e., individualized patient care, proper implantation of policies and procedures, use of proper body mechanics, including use of assistive devices, and operation of specialized functional equipment. Collect and properly label patient specimens. Timely response to patient call lights and patient needs. Treat patients and visitors with respect. Uphold principles of a healthy work environment. Performs glucometer testing. Support duties for proper environmental maintenance such as identification of potential safety hazards, stocking of supplies, checking expiration dates of supplies, and inventory patient belongings, etc. Work Schedule: Full Time and Part Time Available: Full Time (1.0) - PM Shift (3:30pm - Midnight) Weekend and Holiday Rotations Full Time (1.0) - NOC Shift (11:30pm - 8am) Weekend and Holiday Rotations Part Time (0.5/20 hrs. week) - NOC Shift (11:30-8am) Weekend and Holiday Rotations Telework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #:\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.