VA Nebraska - Western Iowa Health Care System is recruiting for full time Nursing Assistants and intermittent Nursing Assistants under this job announcement. Applicants should specify which work schedule(s) they are applying for within the announcement questionnaire. The NA provides direct patient care to patients requiring nursing care and observation on a regular and ongoing basis in a Medical, Surgical, and Rehabilitation, Mental Health or CLC inpatient/outpatient unit. 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. 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. (**MUST submit transcript with one year of courses related to NA occupation OR certificate from occupation-related course of study with application, see required documents**) Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-3 NA (Entry Level): Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements. GS-4 NA: 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; AND 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. GS-5 NA (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 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, Part II, Appendix G46 Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard, Veterans Health Administration. 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. ***Recruitment & Relocation Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates*** Physical Requirements: Lifting up to 35 pounds for 8-12 hours, intermittently; moderate carrying 15-25 pounds for 8-12 hours, intermittently; lifting over 35 pounds with assistive devices; pushing and/or pulling for 8-12 hours, intermittently; reaching above the shoulders for 8-12 hours, intermittently; use of both hands and legs required; walking, repeated bending, kneeling and/or standing 8-12 hours, intermittently; climbing and use of both legs and arms for 8-12 hours, intermittently; near vision correctable at 13-16' to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); twisting, simple grasp, and fine manipulation; working closely with others and protracted or irregular hours of work. ["Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following: Personal hygiene tasks include bathing, oral and denture care, nail care, shaving/hair care, general grooming and bed-making. Responsible for positioning and movement of patients. Preparing patients and assisting with dining/meals. Checking and recording intake and output, including calorie counts. Reporting to RN if tube feeding or IV fluids are running low. Providing patients with water, ice and snacks. Observing, reporting and recording patient bowel and bladder function. Helping patients with bedpans and urinals. Orients patients tot he unit and interacts with patients and families to help them feel comfortable. Participates in the admission, transfer and discharge of patients as assigned. ***Recruitment & Relocation Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates*** Work Schedules: Intermittent positions - Minimum of one 8 hour shift per pay period; Saturday through Sunday; varying shifts, weekend, and holidays. Full time positions - Sunday through Saturday; Varying Shifts; with Weekend Rotations. Telework: Not Available.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant/PD00000 and PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized - to be discussed during interview\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
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