The Nursing Assistant (NA) Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) position is located at Audie L. Murphy VAMC in San Antonio Texas within Nursing service. 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. 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. Grandfathering Provision. 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-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. 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 (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED); 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. Preferred Experience: -1 Year PACU/Preop/Postop experience -CNA licensure References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/81 PART II APPENDIX G46. NURSING ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-621 Veterans Health Administration MARCH 12, 2015 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Straight pulling (1 hours); Pushing (1-3 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (2-7 hours); Kneeling (2 hours); Repeated bending (2 hours); Climbing, use of legs and arms; Both legs required; Both eyes required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Specific visual requirement 20/40 DVA corrected; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted); Sitting (8 hours); Simple grasping (2-4 hours); Fine manipulation including keyboarding (4-6 hours); Twisting (2 hours); Mental and emotional stability ["The PACU CNA will serve as a member of the nursing team performing a variety of nursing assignments in a high-volume perioperative area. Excellent customer service and communication skills are required. You will communicate respectfully with patients, family/significant other/ coworkers, and peers. You will work as a team to improve patient care through project improvement initiatives. Daily tasks include, but are not limited to, retrieving patients from the waiting room, obtaining vital signs/weight/EKG/blood glucose, bladder scans, stripping/cleaning/ remaking stretchers, retrieving medications from pharmacy, transporting labs, bay/room turnover between patients, and transporting patients via wheelchair/stretcher. You will support providers and nurses in performing personal care for patients. You will assist with equipment scans, ensuring equipment remains clean and in working order. You will assist in the prevention of outdated supplies. Basic computer skills are essential. You will perform other related duties as assigned. Cross training/float to Interventional Radiology, Radiology, and OPS is required, and you will perform related duties as assigned. You will report to the Nurse Manager of IR Nursing/OPS/Radiology CNAs/PACU and will provide quality nursing care to a variety of patients ranging from age 18 - 100+ years. Work Schedule: Rotating Shift (including weekdays/nights/weekends/holidays); Core hours: 7:30a.m. to 8:00p.m., on call as assigned\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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