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Job Title: Nursing Assistant (Community Living Center)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Big Spring, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 12/01/2017
Expire Date: 01/30/2018
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Job Description
Nursing Assistant (Community Living Center)

The incumbent will be responsible for providing safe, effective care to inpatients on Community Living Center.Duties will include bathing, personal hygiene, assisting with feeding, taking, recording, and reporting vital signs accurately, assisting ambulation, restorative care, CareTracker charting and other electronic documentation as well as other duties or care as directed by Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses and/or providers.

Incumbent will observe residents who may be confused or have other cognitive issues providing safe environment and report to nurse when condition changes. Incumbent will initiate AED plan in life threatening situations such as cardiac and/or respiratory arrest and respond appropriately to assaultive behavior and alert licensed personal immediately.

The incumbent will support veteran centered care activities to meet the needs of the veteran in keeping with the VA mission to provide exceptional health care that improves Veteran health and well-being. Engages and partners with the Veterans (their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) to enhance consistent communication and improve the Veteran experience. The incumbent provides the Veteran with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Involves the customer in problem-solving to handle conflict and concerns appropriately and constructively.

Work Schedule: Tour of duty hours will vary. There are 8 hour shifts to include shift, weekend, and holiday rotations as necessary for the care and safety of our Veterans.

Salary: Applicants education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Financial Disclosure: Not Required

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
a. 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.)
b. 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 yearas a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
c. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
d. 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.
e. Grandfathering Provisions. All Nursing Assistants employed in VHA on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the series and grade held that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:
(1) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.
(2) If an employee who was retained (grandfathered) under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status of the grandfathering provision and must meet the full VA qualification standard basic requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:
a. Creditable Experience

(1) Knowledge of Current Practice. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the current practice.
(2) Quality of Experience. To be creditable, NA experience must be documented on the application or resume and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.
(3) Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a NA is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a NA employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.
b. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

(1) GS-3

(a) Experience/Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

(b) Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.
(2) GS-4
(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.
(3) GS-5 (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

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

KSAs:
1. Ability to provide a range of resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents.
2. Ability to observe residents' physical or emotional status and refer deviation and/or problems to RN or LVN in a timely manner.
3. Ability to properly use equipment, materials and supplies in simple diagnostic and treatment procedures such as specimen collection, vital sign machine, and weight scale.
4. Ability to communicate effectively with residents, their families and other health professionals.

Physical Standards. This position requires walking, standing, stooping, lifting, bending, pushing, turning, and at times carry heavy loads. The work may require regular and recurring ability to physically control or defend against emotionally ill patients. Must be able to utilize good body mechanics, and have stamina to withstand stress.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.?, If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

The following documents are required:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.CV or Resume
2.VA Form 10-2850a

3.Completed Online Questionnaire

If you are qualifying on education substitution or a combination of education and experience, an unofficial college transcript must be submitted with your application package. (An official college transcript will be required before being hired).

Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.

    If currently employed in the VA system, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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 2025716.

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:
a. 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.)
b. 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 yearas a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
c. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
d. 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.
e. Grandfathering Provisions. All Nursing Assistants employed in VHA on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the series and grade held that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:
(1) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.
(2) If an employee who was retained (grandfathered) under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status of the grandfathering provision and must meet the full VA qualification standard basic requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:
a. Creditable Experience

(1) Knowledge of Current Practice. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the current practice.
(2) Quality of Experience. To be creditable, NA experience must be documented on the application or resume and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.
(3) Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a NA is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a NA employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.
b. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

(1) GS-3

(a) Experience/Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

(b) Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.
(2) GS-4
(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.
(3) GS-5 (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

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

KSAs:
1. Ability to provide a range of resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents.
2. Ability to observe residents? physical or emotional status and refer deviation and/or problems to RN or LVN in a timely manner.
3. Ability to properly use equipment, materials and supplies in simple diagnostic and treatment procedures such as specimen collection, vital sign machine, and weight scale.
4. Ability to communicate effectively with residents, their families and other health professionals.

Physical Standards. This position requires walking, standing, stooping, lifting, bending, pushing, turning, and at times carry heavy loads. The work may require regular and recurring ability to physically control or defend against emotionally ill patients. Must be able to utilize good body mechanics, and have stamina to withstand stress.

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