The Dayton VA Medical Center is looking to fill Nursing Assistant vacancies throughout the Medical Center. The selectee will be part of a float pool, rotating amongst services as needed. (will be a Full-Time position) This is an Open Continuous Announcement. Applicants will be accepted on an ongoing basis and considered as vacancies become available. Applicants will remain on file until September 30, 2023 or until all vacancies are filled. This position is a Bargaining Unit position. 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: 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 [NA] occupation. Grade Determinations: GS-3 Eligibility: Education: One year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation. OR Training: Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assistant GS - 4 Eligibility: Experience: You must have 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. You must have successfully completed 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 following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) - (Your ability to MUST be reflected in your resume - DO NOT Copy these word for word into your resume): Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents. Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner. 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. Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals. GS-5 Eligibility (Full Performance 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (c) below; 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 Demonstrated following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) - (Your ability to MUST be reflected in your resume - DO NOT Copy these word for word into your resume):. 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. For example, recognizing need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part 11, Appendix G-46.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. ???????Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continues walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/ invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. ["Major duties include but not limited to: Provide a handoff report to the oncoming Therapeutic Companion, assigned nurse and charge nurse or team leader at the beginning of their tour. The handoff will include, but is not limited to: Veteran's diagnosis, Reason for the Therapeutic Companion, Vital signs, Presence of lines/tubes/dressings, Food or fluid restrictions, Mobility status, Intake and output, Isolation precautions, Mental status, Special preferences/needs of the Veteran. Listens attentively to report, notes pertinent items, and integrates information received with prior knowledge of Veteran. Formulates work schedule based on prioritization of Veteran care needs. Provides dependable and timely age-specific nursing care for more complex Veterans. Immediately summons the nursing staff on the appropriate unit if the Veteran requires assistance. Arranges meal break times with the Charge Nurse and informs the Charge Nurse prior to leaving the assignment for any reason so that relief may be provided to ensure constant Veteran observation. The Therapeutic Companion will not leave the Veteran until relief staff arrives and hand off has been completed. Provides Veterans with explanations as necessary but does not counsel or provide opinions. He/she demonstrates behaviors consistent with the VA and Nursing Service core values. Seeks help or advice as soon as possible when the Veteran appears to pose a threat to themselves or others. The NA/SNT seeks assistance with the removal of any potential safety hazard from the Veteran's room and reports the findings to the Charge Nurse of the unit. Performs procedures and treatments according to the orientation/annual/unit specific competency checklist for assigned Veterans. Assists with the delivery of procedures/treatments for a team of Veterans, in an organized and timely manner in accordance with established policy and procedure, seeking guidance when necessary. Must accompany the Veteran to any procedure/test and remain for the duration of the services provided. Preserves Veteran confidentiality, respects Veteran/family/significant other rights, and assists the multidisciplinary team with resolving ethical issues. Recognizes medical emergencies and initiates appropriate intervention. Maintains basic life support skills by attending bi-annual training. Provides respectful care that maintains individuality, dignity, and self-esteem for Veterans in an environment that focuses on their care needs and quality of life. Supports culture change and Veteran-centered care. Monitor the Veteran and environment for safety concerns (e.g., clutter in the room, objects on floor that Veteran may trip on, water on floor). Prevents Veteran from hurting him/herself or interfering with the treatment by pulling out lines/IVs. Keeps Veteran under direct observation. Complies with the instructions provided by the manufacturer and the Dayton VAMC Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for cleaning and preparing non-critical RME for reprocessing. Performs position responsibilities in an ethical manner, adhering to the Employee Responsibilities and Conduct in Medical Center Policy 05-14. Work Schedule: 8-hour or 12-hour shifts with weekend and holiday requirement and one rotating 8-hour shift as applicable Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 91652-A, 91653-A, and 91654-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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