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Job Title: Nursing Assistant, Float Pool
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Temple, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/23/2017
Expire Date: 01/22/2018
Job Categories: Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Personal Care and Service, Counseling, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Nursing Assistant, Float Pool

This is a bargaining unit position

Tour of Duty: Rotating Tours of Duty to include days, weekends, evening and night shifts. Primary shifts schedules are 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, 3:30 pm -12:00 am, and 11:30 pm - 8:00 am.

The Nursing Assistant performs duties under the direct supervision of a registered nurse. Provides patient care which is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional, spiritual, chronological, recreational, and diversional needs of the adult (ages 17-59) or geriatric (ages 60+) patient. Demonstrates knowledge of the changes associated with aging and demonstrates the ability to provide care based upon age related factors as specified on competence assessment checklist. Performs personal care by completing, encouraging, supervising, or assisting the patient in activities of daily living. Gives attention to details of care. Assists patients with nutritional intake, including documentation of intake. Provides post mortem care. Collects and transports specimens as needed. Completes and records intake and output computations, including amount of intravenous fluid intake. Performs a wide range of treatments/procedures as directed for adult and geriatric patients who are having emergent medical, surgical,and/or psychiatrically illness. Observes monitors, communicates, and documents care given, reports status of patients and changes noted to the registered nurse. Recognizes emergency situations (i.e., codes, disasters, and fire and safety issues) and takes appropriate and immediate action. Can successfully perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver. Completes assignments in accordance with instructions and the patient's treatment plan.

Basic Requirements:

* U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

* 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/requirement for GS-3.

* Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

* NAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

(1) GS-3 NA (Entry Level)

(a) Experience, Education and Certification: None beyond the basic requirements.

(b) Assignments: Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.

(2) GS-4 NA

(a) 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,

(b) 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; AND

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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.

(d) Assignment

(1) Individuals assigned as GS-4 NAs are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised. NAs at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist higher graded NAs, licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team 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 significant factor is that they provide care under close supervision and refer issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NAs or other healthcare professionals.

(2) In this role, the Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher graded NA's, licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living, care, or other patients who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The Nursing Assistant in this role provides care under close supervision and refers issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NAs, or other healthcare professionals.

(3) 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 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

(c) Demonstrated KSAs

(1) Ability to assist in the full range of nursing care to patient/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.

(d) Assignments: This is a 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.

References: VA Handbook 500/71, Part II, Appendix G46, (also available in the local Human Resources Office).

Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and moving of objects may be required.

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

*Other- VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Link to form: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
*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 Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript

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, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2024813.

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

Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Requirements:

U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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/requirement for GS-3.

Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

NAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

(1) GS-3 NA (Entry Level)

(a) Experience, Education and Certification: None beyond the basic requirements.

(b) Assignments: Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.

(2) GS-4 NA

(a) 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,

(b) 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; AND

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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.

(d) Assignment

(1) Individuals assigned as GS-4 NAs are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised. NAs at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist higher graded NAs, licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team 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 significant factor is that they provide care under close supervision and refer issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NAs or other healthcare professionals.

(2) In this role, the Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher graded NA's, licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living, care, or other patients who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The Nursing Assistant in this role provides care under close supervision and refers issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NAs, or other healthcare professionals.

(3) 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 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

(c) Demonstrated KSAs

(1) Ability to assist in the full range of nursing care to patient/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.

(d) Assignments: This is a 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.

References: VA Handbook 500/71, Part II, Appendix G46, (also available in the local Human Resources Office).

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