This is an Open Continuous Announcement that will be used to fill vacant positions throughout the facility throughout the year to meet hiring needs expeditiously. Resumes will be referred to hiring managers as a vacancy occurs. You will receive an email notification when your resume has been referred for a vacancy. Facility Bargaining Unit (BU) employees will receive first consideration. NOTE: Resumes will only be referred to the hiring manager for consideration as vacancies occur. Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. 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. Experience Requirement: GS-03 Nursing Assistant: For GS-03 Entry Level consideration: None beyond the basic requirements. Experience Requirement: GS-04 Nursing Assistant: (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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (c) below; 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). 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. *Individuals assigned as GS-4 NA's are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised--they provide care under close supervision and refer issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NA's or other healthcare professionals. Experience Requirement: GS-05 Nursing Assistant: (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 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 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 the need for basic life support, controlling bleeding, and assisting with behavior crisis, etc. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-03 to GS-05. References: Nursing Assistant Qualification Standards, VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46, dated March 12, 2015. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: In accordance with VA Handbook 5019, Part II, Paragraph 3, II-1, 1(a), A pre-placement physical examination to determine the physical, cognitive and emotional fitness of candidates for appointment in VA is required, and shall be completed prior to appointment, for all full-time individuals appointed under 38 U.S.C., Chapter 73, for Title 38 positions. ["The Nursing Assistant (NA) is a member of the health care team who helps ensure that each patient/resident attains optimal physical, physiological, emotional, cultural and social well-being at the Charles George VA Medical Center. The NA provides direct patient care to patients/residents on a regular and ongoing basis in Medical, Surgical and Rehabilitation, Mental Health or CLC inpatient/outpatient unit. The NA practices under the supervision of a Registered Nurse who is accountable for ensuring adherence to standard of care. The NA will provide individualized patient/resident care in relation to the following CORE concepts; Safety, Technology, Program and Services, Equipment, Documentation, Communication and Philosophy along with established position specific competencies. The NA will display skills, knowledge and commitment necessary to comply with all established procedures and guidelines. Acute Care Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) 5 West (Surgical) 4 West (Medical/Cardiology) 4 East (Medical/Oncology) 5 East Warrior's Recovery Unit (Inpatient Mental Health) Specialized Work Assignment Team (SWAT) Outpatient and Procedural Care Specialty Clinic Emergency Department Operating Room Day Surgery/PACU Geriatrics and Extended Care Community Living Center (CLC) 1 - long term care Community Living Center (CLC) 2 - short stay rehab Hospice The primary duties of the Nursing Assistant may vary by assignment. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following: Attends to Veteran's activities of daily living; nutrition, elimination, mobility and hygiene. Makes observations of subtle changes in Veteran's condition, i.e. behavior shifts, mood, skin coloring, appetite, etc. and responds accordingly within the NA's assigned role Documents care given, observations and responses on appropriate tools or forms. Monitors and documents patient intake and output reports deviations timely and accurately. Performs nursing procedures within scope of practice and according to policies and standard procedures to care for the Veteran. Performing and documenting prescribed medical treatment and interventions for Veterans. Recognizes the Veteran's autonomy and promotes independence by means of respect, limit setting and individualized treatment. Utilizes equipment to promote the Veteran self-care, such as lift equipment, bed alarm. Enters information about the Veteran's condition in the chart, utilizing appropriate formats. Maintains a neat and clean patient environment by properly storing personal belonging and supplies, wiping up spills and disposing of trash. Collects and record vital signs including weights and pulse oximetry with documentation, in clinical records. Makes rounds with visual observations regarding Veteran's condition and promptly reports any changes such as vomiting, dyspnea, fainting, pain, gait or speech disturbances, skin disorders, (ulcers or rash, etc.) to the nurse promptly. Performs simple dressing changes, measuring intake and output, managing/emptying drainage devices. Works under the direct supervision of the RN or MD/DO, providing a full range of basic nursing, therapeutic and diagnostic care. Interacts with patients, family members, professionals, and other supportive personnel involved in the delivery of patient care. Assists with admission, transfer, and discharge of patients. Removes defective equipment, reports hazards, observes safety regulations, contributes to infection control, and utilizes proper aseptic technique in performance of duties. Serves as the unit safe patient handling peer leader as needed. Serves as preceptor and mentor to other NA's. Orient members of the health care team to the unit as appropriate. Functions as a member of the unit base council. Serves as safety assistant as needed. Appropriately initiates basic life support, takes appropriate actions. Work Schedule: A variety of schedules available.\nTelework: Typically NOT authorized.\nVirtual Work Schedule: This is NOT a virtual position\nFinancial Disclosure Report: NOT required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.