The Dayton VA Medical Center is looking to fill Nursing Assistant vacancies throughout the Medical Center. The selectee will be assigned to one of the following areas: Med 1, SAM, ED, and CLC. This is an Open Continuous Announcement. Applicants will be accepted on an ongoing basis and considered as vacancies become available. Applicants will remain on file until December 30, 2022, or until all vacancies are filled. This position is a Bargaining Unit position. 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 [NA] occupation. Grade Determinations: 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). Your resume must clearly convey you meet EACH below listed KSA. 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, Part 11, Appendix G-46. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continues walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/ invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. ["Major duties include but not limited to: Performs basic procedures and treatments according to the orientation/annual/unit specific competency checklist for assigned patients with guidance. Recognizes medical/behavioral emergencies and obtains immediate assistance; completes basic life support and PMDB (as appropriate) training within orientation period. Accurately documents nursing care, nursing interventions and patient response for assigned patients on established templates. Provides accurate information for special incidents involving Veterans and staff members to Team Leader/Charge Nurse shortly after incident occurs. Recognizes and immediately reports changes in patients' conditions to Team Leader/Charge Nurse. Orients new nursing assistants to the assigned Veteran care area. Uses equipment and supplies appropriately, according to manufacturer and hospital safety protocols; safely disposes of hazardous waste. Provides information in an accurate, timely and thorough manner, treating Veterans, their families and friends, co-workers and others with tact and understanding. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 8-hour or 12-hour shifts with weekend and holiday requirement and one rotating 8-hour shift as applicable Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 91450-A / 91451-A / 91452-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial 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.