The Northport VA is hiring for one, full-time, permanent Nursing Assistant to work in their Long Term Care Unit as a patient escort. This position transports patients between various part of the hospital. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/28/2022. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens 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. IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education Physical Requirements: All applicants must meet physical requirements for this position. 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. Creditable Experience: Knowledge of Current Practice: To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the current practice. 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. 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. Grade Determinations: GS-3 (Entry Level) Experience [and] Education: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-4 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. GS-5 (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 (IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education); AND Demonstrated KSAs: In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 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 need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G47 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS5. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS3 - GS5. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ["- Adheres to Nursing Service policies.\n- Adheres to and promotes the Medical Center's Quality Management, Infection Control. and safety programs.\n- Utilizes proper body mechanics and operates all equipment safely and in accordance with Safe Patient Handling procedures and training.\n- Demonstrates competency and consistency in the technical use of equipment, including VOCERA and Tele-sitter; application of technical standards and performance of administrative support duties.\n- NA demonstrates knowledge of and compliance with standard operating procedures for the maintenance of reusable medical equipment.\n- The NA participates in Medical Center activities and demonstrates skills and behaviors that provide and promote positive internal and external customer relationships.\n- The NA attends unit level and Medical Center meetings and develops as an employee to support committee participation.\n- The NA maintains Veteran safety standards assuring Veterans privacy, Veterans physical safety, and Veterans psychological safety.\n- The NA establishes working relationships with multi-disciplinary and multi-level members of the work team promoting the physical, psychological and emotional safety of the working environment for all team members.\n- The NA provides assistance and support to the Registered Nurse and/or provider within the scope of the NA grade and consistent with Medical Center policy.\n- The NA demonstrates the knowledge and skills to provide care and services consistent with Infection Control Standards of Practice providing optimal outcomes for Veterans, visitors and employees.\n- The NA recognizes, responds and initiates appropriate level response to medical emergency such as cardiac and/or respiratory failure\n- Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Day shift. 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM\nCompressed/Flexible: Not available.\nTelework: Not available.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant - Escort/PD21N44A\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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