The NA functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists lower graded NAs, licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care, or other patients who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. 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. Education or Training. One year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant 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. 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (c)below; 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 professional KSAs in below: 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: 2 or more Years of experience as a Nursing Assistant Current BLS Current certification as a Nursing Assistant References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/81 PART II Appendix G46 dated March 12, 2015. 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-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 ( hours) 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 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. ["Your primary purpose as a Nursing Assistant in the GI/Endo Procedures Unit will be to serve as a member of the nursing team. You will perform a variety of nursing assignments in the outpatient procedural and clinic setting. This position performs tasks such as recording vital signs, completing EKGs, testing and monitoring of blood glucose, administering care to patients, providing support to providers and nurses in the performance of personal care. You may assist with diagnostic examinations. You will communicate respectfully with patients, family/significant other/co-workers and peers. Excellent customer service and communication skills are required. Tasks include: maintaining patient flow (rooming patients) in a busy high-volume environment, room turnover, set-up/take down of rooms for outpatient procedures and assisting providers and other nursing staff with minor procedures. You will ensure exam rooms are clean, stocked and ready. Equipment will be clean/sterile and in working order. Those position will monitor equipment and supplies for outdates and assist with repeat blood pressures, patient admissions and transfers, general transporting of patients, lab and pharmacy running for clinic. You will be required to enter specific information into the patients' electronic records or charts using standard medical terminology for the human body, physical and emotional reactions, nursing care, and contraindications to medications, etc. Basic computer skills will be essential to performing your duties as a C.N.A. You will be required to monitor patients who are disoriented and in need of constant direction. You will be required to work as a team in improving patient care. You will be required to perform other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 07:30 AM to 4:00 PM\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\nPCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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