The VA has opened a new Community Living Center (CLC) within the Papillion - CHI Midlands Hospital Campus on 11111 south 84th street, on the 5th and 6th floors. The new CLC will support a skilled nursing and dementia unit with a total of 34-beds. The CLC will provide services to eligible Veterans needing skilled healthcare, rehabilitation, or dementia support requiring a extended short-term stay, ranging from 30 to 90+ days of care. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/28/2022. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (a) Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) (b) 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. (c) 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. Preferred Experience: Prefer a minimum of one year of experience as a nursing assistant or in another medical field, in the areas as a student nurse, community healthcare setting, medical assistant, skilled nursing facility, clinic, or hospital setting. Basic Life Support Certification (BLS) Certified Nursing Assistant preferred GRADE DETERMINATIONS: GS-3 Grade Determinations: (a) Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements. (b) Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised. GS-4 Grade Determinations: (a) 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, (b) 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 (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents. Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner. 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. Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals. (d) Assignment. Individuals assigned as GS-4 NAs are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised. NAs at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist higher 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/residents who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The significant factor is that they provide care under close supervision and refer issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NAs or other healthcare professionals. 2. In this role, the Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher 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. The Nursing Assistant in this role provides care under close supervision and refers issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NAs, or other healthcare professionals. GS-5 Grade Determinations: (a) 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, (b) 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 (c) Demonstrated 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. (d) Assignment. This is the full performance level for NAs. NAs at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other patients/residents who are in acute, sub acute or chronic states of illness. The distinguishing factor is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. NAs at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role. References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46 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-3 through GS-5. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting and carrying (45 pounds and over), strait pulling, pulling hand over hand, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers and both hands/legs/eyes (limb prosthesis allowed if functionally equivalent), walking and standing, crawling and kneeling, repeated bending, climbing, hearing (aid permitted), ability to perform PMDB and BLS, patient lifting (mechanical assistance available), emotional and mental stability, ability to read medication labels and equipment manuals, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. ["This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 28, 2022 and may be extended until all vacancies are filled. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be July 8th. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. The Nursing Assistant (NA) will perform a wide range of resident care and supportive duties in the Community Living Center (CLC) for our Veterans, alongside the CLC RN and LPN staff. We are looking for Nursing Assistant (NA) Applicants that would like the opportunity to grow, develop, learn, and work with us. The NA responsibilities will require an exceptional degree of skill and knowledge, to appropriately provide and support patient care needs, support care plans, seeks assistance and guidance from the CLC RN/LPN or the CLC providers, updates the nurses of changes in patient's condition, and function as a valued team member in providing care for the complex aging veteran population. Demonstrate effective communication or rapport with patients, families, visitors, and the interdisciplinary team Assisting with activities related to bathing, shaving, feeding, oral hygiene, ambulation, and dressing. Assisting the RN or LPN in the rehabilitation goals, positioning patients for bedside procedures or cares, and ensuring overall safety. Promotes Veteran participation in the therapeutic community by fostering self-reliance and independence. Compliance with various isolation precautions, infection control guidelines, adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines for personal protection equipment, and swabbing. Recognizes and supports suicide prevention initiatives and works closely with the Behavioral Recovery Outreach (BRO) team. Safeguards Veteran privacy and confidentiality. Able to document the patients daily living activities in CPRS. Promotes flexibility to float to other areas in the CLC. Work Schedule: Full-time, 80 hours bi-weekly, including weekends and holidays. 7am-7:30pm/7pm-7:30am. There will be six (6) -twelve (12) hour shifts and one (1) - eight (8) hour shift per two weeks' pay period. Part-time shift opportunities, with varied shifts availability. Additional information will be provided during the interview process. Alternative tours of duty may be required to support operational needs on an infrequent basis.\nTelework: Not available\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant - Papillion CLC/PD0000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required This occupational series is eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). Repayment is limited to $10,000 annually, up to $60,000 in lifetime awards. Participants must sign a service agreement and maintain an acceptable level of performance to remain eligible for this program The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being."]
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.