***THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT*** The Nursing Assistant duties are personal patient care which includes transporting, toileting, collection of various samples including sputum, urine, enter specific information into patient's medical record, vital signs, maintain and store medical supplies, serve as a basic contact for patients and families. NA supports diagnostic procedures, nursing treatments, patient charting and reinforcement of patient teaching 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. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/31/2022. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) 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 (1) as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3. Physical Requirements. 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. PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Primary Care and Acute Care Minimum 2 years medical-surgical experience - PREFERRED Geriatrics and Extended Care Minimum 2 years long term care or hospice experience - PREFERRED CREDITABLE EXPERIENCE: (1) Knowledge of Current Practice. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the current practice. (2) 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. (3) 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 DETERMINATION: GS-5 NA (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 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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 Appendix G46.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-05. Physical Requirements: The nursing assistant within all services may require shift work and or rotation of tour assignments. Routinely requires regular and recurring bending, stooping, walking, stretching, lifting, standing, and repositioning and transportation of patients or similar activities. Work requires the ability to physically intervene with disruptive patients and protect self and others from injury using the knowledge gained from ongoing training. This position will require the ability to work outside daily for duration of shift. Will need to follow facility guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination and influenza vaccination of employees. ["This Open Continuous Announcement will be used to fill vacancies in different services areas of Nursing Service and different locations.\nMajor duties include, but are not limited to: Assists with (bathing, shaving, shampooing hair, skin, and mouth/oral care and hygiene to include dentures) for assigned patients according to defined procedure. Makes all types of beds and stretchers. Assists with the use of bedpans and urinals. Applies external catheters and maintains patency or drainage. Assists in providing ostomy care for established and uncomplicated ostomies. Prepares patient for exam and treatment by taking & recording vital signs and other necessary measurements and recording in patient record Documents pain scores as directed or reports to RN and/or LPN Turns patients as required using all types of supporting and comfort devices. Assists or provides patient transfers, activities, e.g., ambulation, litter, and or wheelchair to bed. Escorts patients to tests/procedures as needed. Assists in diagnostic examinations by positioning, draping, the patient and passing instruments and supplies. Takes and records temperatures, blood pressure, pulse, O2 saturation, pain, height, and weight. Collects and labels any urine, blood, stool, sputum, nasal swabs, nasal washing, and rectal swabs in the presence of the patient using two identifiers as per policy and delivers to the lab. Applies cold/heat packs locally as ordered; Applies and removes binders and bandages as ordered. Reports any changes in patient status to RN/LPN or Physician. Work Schedule: Flexible Tours of duty as determined by the service line.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #:\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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