A recruitment incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates. 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 in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Education or Training: 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. Grade Determinations: GS-3 Qualifications: (Entry Level-none beyond basic requirements) Education or Training: one year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant. (COPY OF CERTIFICATE REQUIRED) GS-4 Qualifications: Experience: One year of specialized experience as a Nursing Assistant 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 Demonstrated 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 Qualifications: 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 for the grade. 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; (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) AND Demonstrated 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 CNAs 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, Nursing Assistant Qualification Standards. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-5 Physical Requirements: Physical requirements include extensive periods of standing and walking. Duties involve strenuous physical exertion on a regular basis. Patient care activities require regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, pushing and similar activities using appropriate body mechanics and other assistive devices for patient and/or equipment movement and transfer. The employee protects self and others from injury. Considerable agility and dexterity is required to provide care in a proper and safe manner. ["The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital is committed to fostering and sustaining an environment which celebrates diversity, provides equitable opportunities for employment and promotion, and supports inclusiveness in our culture. Together, we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that promote professional growth and teamwork, and are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We embrace our differences as individuals and unite as a team toward a common goal: to serve our nation's Veterans. The Nursing Assistant provides direct patient care activities under the supervision of the RN, LPN, Providers within the Primary Care Clinics. This position is located at the West Clinic with travel to Baraboo, Beaver Dam, and Central. Check's patients into the clinic appointment utilizing face-to-face, telephonic, or VA Video Connect (VVC) technologies to interview patient and/or significant other, and documents intake data as per policy. Possesses comprehensive knowledge of VA protocols and VHA directives related to clinic management, documentation, and computer technology. Is trained for the specific function of phlebotomy. May be trained for other functions such as 12-lead EKG's, bladder scan, and ear lavage based on primary care clinic needs. Assists with/performs appropriate nursing tasks for patients including but not limited to: Performs phlebotomy and all other specimen collection following the established policies. Completes established processes and procedures to accession, manifest, and prepare for specimen transport to the main facility laboratory. Provide and complete plan of care orders within scope of practice and demonstrated competency (i.e., EKG, ear lavage, bladder scan, oxygen therapy, nebulizer treatment, etc.). Maintains the physical privacy and dignity of each patient while performing specimen collection and other nursing tasks. Obtains weights, heights, blood pressure, pulse, respiration, blood glucose (fingerstick), level of pain and records them appropriately in the medical record. Is able to distinguish significant variances in vital signs, pain, and finger sticks and reports them to the responsible RN, LPN, or Provider. Assists with glucometer download and data uploading into the electronic medical record . Provide patients with the appropriate level of assistance with activities of transferring, ambulating, and toileting. Responds to and assists during emergency treatments situations obtaining equipment as necessary and running errands as needed. Assists in emergency situations including, but not limited to CPR as needed. Immediately responsive to Veteran call needs within clinic. Assists the nurse/MD/NP during procedures/treatments as needed following appropriate standards and guidelines and includes but is not limited to serving as a chaperone. Responsible for following all Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) guidelines. Completes all required Nursing Assistant initial and annual competency requirements. Assists the team in reinforcing educational needs with patients . Consistently follows the Plan of Care for each patient. Perform one to one observation as assigned . Maintains positive and constructive professional working relationships with patients, families, medical staff, volunteers, and co-workers. Transport or accompany patients as assigned to areas in the clinic . Follows all infection control procedures and established Personal Protective Equipment (PPB) and guidelines. Complies with Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals. Other duties as assigned Work Schedule: M-F, days, may include some evenings, weekends, and holidays\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant- Northern Tier Float/PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: A recruitment incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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.