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. 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. Must be proficient in spoken and written English. 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. 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). Preferred Experience: Certification preferred but not required. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. GS-05 Nursing Assistant (Full Performance Level). (a) Experience. One (1) year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-04 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 four-year (4) 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 (KSAs):In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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 5005/71, Part II, Appendix G46. This can be found in the local Human Resources Offices. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5.The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-5 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. Moderate lifting and carrying (15-44 pounds), strait pulling, pulling hand over hand, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers and both hands/legs, walking and standing 12 hours, crawling and kneeling 12 hours, repeated bending, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Work Environment: Work is in a clinical setting and involves regular and recurring exposure to infection and contagious disease, and exposure to potentially dangerous situations such as noxious gases, fumes and explosives. The incumbent may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent is required to use available safe patient handling lifting devices in all clinical areas. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative due to delirium, dementia, or other psychiatric disorders ["The Community Living Center Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a position under the discipline of Nursing/Patient Care Services. The CNA meets all of the requirements for the CNA and performs patient care in the Community Living Center at the expert level. 1be Community Living Center Certified Nursing Assistant consistently demonstrates knowledge of patient care, utilize critical thinking skills, clinical competence and knowledge of the practices and procedures which she/he coordinates at the patient bedside. The Community Living Center Certified Nursing Assistant functions as a responsible member of Community Living Center nursing staff. This functional statement accurately describes the responsibilities and functions of the Community Living Center Assistant for Nursing Services.Main duties, skills and abilities required but not limited to: Initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. Maintain good communication with Nurse Manager, nursing staff, and other facility staff. Serves as a liaison between charge nurse, Nurse Manager, and NAs. Communicate and interact appropriately and courteously with internal and external customers. Functions as a NA on their assigned shift, notifies shift RN, LPN, and other NAs of changes in the nursing department in resident conditions, and relays any problems to the charge nurse or Nurse Manager ensuring effective hand off during shift change. Will demonstrate interdepartmental teamwork. Maintains a working knowledge of all policies and procedures pertaining to the position. Participates in orientation and training. Responsible for maintaining all annual skills competencies for NAs. Conducts peer reviews and monitors to ensure that services are being delivered to residents properly and as prescribed. Makes environmental and safety rounds. Makes rounds to check on all residents. Performs other duties as assigned by the Nurse Manager or charge nurse. Assists 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. Communicates orally with patients/residents, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. Work Schedule: Weekly include weekends; 7:30am - 8:00pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: A80206A\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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