This is an external job announcement. Current permanent Aleda E. Lutz employees, current permanent VA employees from another facility, and current permanent employees from another Federal Agency MUST apply under the INTERNAL announcement, CBSR-11455321-22-LKI -unless applying by using Veteran Preference. All applicants applying under this external announcement will be subject to Veterans' preference. Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Citizen of the 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 [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. 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: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met. GS-03 Experience and Education: None beyond the Basic Requirements. GS-04 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; AND You must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. (KSA's): Please make sure that each is addressed in detail in the body of your resume.GS-4 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-05: 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. Specialized experience includes: 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. 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 You must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. (KSA's): Please make sure that each is addressed in detail in the body of your resume.GS-5. 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. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G46, Nursing Assistant, Job Qualification Standard. Physical Requirements: Physical qualifications require the ability to stand, walk, bend, and move freely. Must be able to utilize good body mechanics in lifting or restraining patients. Must have good hearing, eyesight, and physical dexterity. Must be clean and neat in appearance. Must be emotionally stable and cooperative. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. 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. ["This is an open and continuous announcement which will be used to fill Nursing Assistant positions in the Community Living Center at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center. The presence of a location on this announcement does not necessarily indicate a current vacancy. Applications will be reviewed and referred upon request from the service as vacancies arise. The nursing assistant functions within his/her functional statement and under the supervision of Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses. Services are primarily provided to residents in need of restorative/rehabilitative or skilled care, pulmonary rehabilitation, acutely ill residents (on ACTU) and those requiring respite and end of life care. The resident population consists of individuals with acute and chronic diseases of the neuromuscular system, chronic wounds, acute and chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, respiratory diseases, heart failure, hypertension, S/P CVA, S/P treatment for carcinoma and those with cognitive and functional impairments including mobility deficits, incontinence, AOL deficits, delirium, suicidality, alcohol intoxication and confusion. Nursing assistants attend and participate in interdisciplinary meetings. Duties if this position include, but are not limited to: Applies warm and cold compresses Safely operates and cares for equipment (lift equipment) Performs post mortem care Vital signs including pain level data collection Height/weight Intake/output Ambulation Turning/reposition/transfer activities and passive range of motion activities Mobility aids assistance - walkers, cane wheelchair Applies skin protection, incontinence care products (non-medicated) Performs computerized resident record functions satisfactorily as related to the position including documentation of care given and results of obtained tests Current CPR Certification (AHA Healthcare Provider or Red Cross Professional Rescuer) Performs CPR and takes appropriate action in emergency situations (fire, disaster, etc.) Application of TED hose, JOBST stockings, ace bandages Performs blood glucose testing Work schedule: 7:30AM to 8:00PM and 7:30AM to 4:00PM and 7:30PM to 8:00AM and 11:30PM to 8:00AM (Day shifts and night shifts available: Variable Monday through Sunday, every other weekend and holiday required)\nCompressed/Flexible Schedule: Available\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not Required\nVirtual: This a not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement Title: Nursing Assistant- Community Living Center (CLC)\nRecruitment Incentives: Authorized"]
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