OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans? *A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive is authorized up to $10,000 for each vacancy.* 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. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Education or Training: Must possess one year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation, OR completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assistant. (TRANSCRIPTS or CERTIFICATION REQUIRED) In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must meet the following GRADE REQUIREMENTS. GS-3 Level: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-4 Level: 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 (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED); AND In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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. GS-5 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; AND In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46. The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-5. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to a GS-5. Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and lifting in the direct care of patients; some extended periods of sitting and/or standing. ["The ICU is looking for staff interested in gaining experience in the specialty of Critical Care and float primarily between ICU, PCU (Progressive Care Unit) and 5CN (Cardiology/Telemetry) with the possibility of floating to other units as staffing and workload needs present. The position will provide interested candidates with opportunities to gain exposure to critical care and work closely with a variety of complex critically ill veteran populations. This is a great opportunity for staff to develop their knowledge, skills and abilities while enhancing their organizational knowledge, networking and professional development. We are looking for staff who have high levels of flexibility, adaptability, and initiative. Additionally, interested candidates should be able to navigate change well, communicate effectively, be open to coaching, mentoring and feedback in an effort to provide the best support and customer service to the organization. Major Duties: Perform personal patient care as directed by the RN including bathing, feeding, grooming, and toileting. Conduct Purposeful Rounding and initiate cares within scope of practice to meet patient needs. Actively and independently round on all patients and nurse's hourly Independently participate in shift duties, communicate results, initiate activity with patients to include obtaining patient weights, glucose checks, repositioning to chair for meal, twice daily ambulation Participate in daily huddle with RNs and stay current on unit updates, policy and procedures. Perform basic restorative care including assistance with ambulation and transfers. Appropriately uses assistive devices for patient transfer and ambulation. Provide Continuous Protective Observation (CPO) in accordance with hospital guidelines and document per policy. Recognize, report and address any safety hazards, errors, falls, injuries, equipment failures, or concerns with staff/patient behavior. Understand basic body mechanics and use of safe patient handling equipment to ensure safe movement, transport, and positioning of patients. Adhere to infection control policies and guidelines. Use universal precautions when performing patient care. Activate emergency response system and perform BLS measures until appropriate assistance is available. Assist RNs in the transport of patients to tests, procedures and to other departments as needed. Timely response to patient call lights, patient needs or requests for patient or visitor assistance. Consistently address patients, families, visitors and staff with courtesy and respect. Uphold principles of a healthy work environment and work collaboratively with all members of the health care team. Demonstrate effective communication techniques and provide personalized care for patients who are confused, have dementia, or are unable to speak. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and use of restraints. Provide reinforcement of patient and family teaching provided by RN and MD. Ensure logistical readiness for unit admissions and procedures through preparation of patient rooms and critical care equipment. Maintain a clean and clutter free work area. Perform inventory and/or assist with packing, storage, and inventory of patients' personal belongings. Support duties for proper environmental maintenance such as identification of potential safety hazards, stocking of supplies and linen, emptying soiled linen bags, checking expiration dates of supplies, maintenance and cleaning of equipment, patient room set-up, tear down, and other duties as assigned. Support unit and facility evidence-based practice and process improvement initiatives including but not limited to Pressure Injury Prevention, HAPPEN Oral Care, Daily Weights, CHG bathes. Float to other units based on staffing and workload. Preferred Experience: Critical Care and Telemetry A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive is authorized up to $10,000 for each vacancy. Work Schedules Available, all with weekend and Federal holiday rotation, as needed to cover leave or unit needs: Full-time weekends on Days/1st shift (Friday/Saturday/Sunday-12 hrs 0730-2000 with one 8 hr shift every 2 weeks 0730-1600) Full-time Days/1st shift (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday-12 hrs 0730-2000 with one 8 hr shift every 2 weeks 0730-1600) Full-time Days/1st shift (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday-12 hrs 0730-2000 with one 8 hr shift every 2 weeks 0730-1600) Full-time weekends NOCs/3rd shift (Friday into Saturday/Saturday into Sunday/Sunday into Monday-12 hr shifts 1930-0800 with one 8 hr shift every 2 weeks 2330-0800) Full-time NOCs/3rd shift (Tuesday into Wednesday/Wednesday into Thursday/Thursday into Friday-12 hr shifts 1930-0800 with one 8 hr shift every two weeks 2330-0800)"]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.