Nursing Assistants in the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System are members 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. If you are a current, permanent, federal employee, apply to CBST-11916811-23-LC 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 NA 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. NAs 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-5 Nursing Assistant (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 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 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. Preferred Experience: At least 1 year experience as a CNA References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46, March 12, 2015 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS5. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds Light lifting, under 15 pounds Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds Pushing Reaching above shoulder Walking Repeated Bending Both legs required Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4 Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other Ability to distinguish basic colors Ability to distinguish shades of colors Hearing (aid may be permitted) Specific visual requirement: Repetitive computer entry ["Duties include but are not limited to: 1.Gives and assists with all types of cleansing baths and shampoos. Gives skin care to prevent complications and promote healing. Gives and assists with oral care and hygiene including denture care. 2. Makes all types of beds. 3. Assists with the use of bedpans and urinals. Applies external catheters and maintains patency or drainage. Assists with bowel and bladder training. 4. Assists patients in feeding themselves, or feeds those who cannot. Measures and records all intake and output (Excluding IV). 5. Maintains correct body positions. Turns patients as required using all types of supporting and comfort devices. Assists or provides patient transfers, activities, e.g. ambulation, litter, and or wheelchair to bed. Escorts patients to tests as needed. 6. Assists with assembling equipment for sterile procedures, administration of oxygen and vacuum/suction setup. 7. Meets the need for safe therapeutic environment by employing principals of medical asepsis, maintaining ward cleanliness by daily cleaning of patient unit and areas. Properly handles soiled and clean linen according to policy. Employs techniques for emergency evacuation in the case of fire and/or disaster. Knows the purpose of all ward equipment and seeks assistance as needed 8. Demonstrates recognition of cognitive, physical, emotional, and chronological maturation of adult and geriatric patient's needs and possess an understanding of how to compensate for these changes. The geriatric patient is defined as older than 60 years. The NA must also be aware that chronic medical conditions may alter the manifestation of aging. 9. Assists ward staff with direct patient care activities as assigned. 10. Performs basic patient care activities and duties as assigned, such as taking vitals and recording measurements. Receives centralized monitoring training and is documented as competent to perform basic, non-interpretive tasks associated with the telemetry system, such as assisting with placing patient on telemetry equipment for monitoring, replacing batteries and leads as needed. 11. Adheres to principles of patient safety, falls safety and infection control and universal precautions at all times. Uses appropriate PPE per policy. 12. Participates in health team conferences by reporting observations of patient's physical, mental and emotional status. Reports and records observations as required: i.e.: vital signs, color and skin condition, airway patency and the need for suctioning, drainage from tubes and drains, condition of patient dressings, intake/output, and/or any changes in patient observed throughout shift. 13. Participates in team communication to facilitate all aspects of patient safety. Is responsible for hand off communication to oncoming NAs to avoid gaps in care. 14. Incumbent must be able to recognize, respond, report, and assist in emergencies i.e.: code blue, RRT, and all natural disasters. 15. Responsible for ensuring proper room set up and stocking of supplies. 16. May perform simple wound care. 17. May collect specimens: urine, blood, stool, sputum, nasal swabs, nasal washing, and rectal swabs in the presence of the patient using two identifiers as per policy. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00374-F/00375F/00376F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.