This announcement is an Open Continuous Announcement and several vacancies, in various areas of the 3B Medical/Surgical Inpatient Team, may be filled. A recruitment incentive has been authorized for highly qualified individuals. If you are a current, permanent VA Nationwide Employee, you should apply under the announcement OCA-11858380-23-CG. 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. (transcripts must be submitted at time of application). 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. ["VISN 12 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. This Nursing Assistant position is located at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, WI and provides direct patient care activities under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN). 3B is an Inpatient Unit that has been newly remodeled, 16 bed medical-surgical unit inpatient unit that provides care to a variety of patients. The unit specializing in medical, surgical, oncology, and geriatric nursing and has the capability of cardiac and respiratory monitoring. The available beds are generally full on any given day and the patients stay an average of 3.5 days. Typical staffing is 3 nurses and 2 nursing assistants on the night shift, 6 nurses and 3 nursing assistants on day shift, and 6 nurses and 2 nursing assistants on PM shift. 3B exemplifies strong teamwork among nursing staff while working closely with the interdisciplinary team. Major Nursing Assistant duties include, but are not limited to: Assists or provides patients with personal hygiene, i.e., bathing, shaving, teeth brushing, nail care, hair combing, etc. Provides patients with the appropriate level of assistance with activities of daily living, bathing, dressing, transferring, ambulating, feeding, and toileting. Obtains blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and blood glucose (finger stick) and records them appropriately in the medical record. Weighs patients and records them appropriately in the medical record. Assists during emergency treatment situations obtaining equipment as necessary and running errands as needed. Maintains positive and constructive professional working relationship with patients, families, medical staff, volunteers, and co-workers. Transports patients as assigned off the unit for various diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Assists the team in reinforcing educational needs with patients. Performs other duties as assigned, such as phlebotomy and 12-Lead EKGs. Understands and demonstrates behavior that reflects that each patient is an individual with needs that vary, particularly according to his/her age. Understands the appropriate body mechanics to safely move patients using a variety of lifts/transfer devices. Applies and operates specialized equipment for residents (patients), e.g., prosthetic appliances, patient mobility devices, etc. Recognizes and reports potential safety hazards. Initiates emergency measures to protect patients. Maintains patient rooms and unit areas in a clean and orderly fashion. Participates in problem-solving activities to maintain a safe environment Assists in provision of a safe environment for patients with memory deficits, orientation problems and acting-out behavior. Cleans various pieces of patient equipment as needed and directed by responsible nurse. Select Nursing Assistants will be trained to perform Health Unit Coordinator tasks and will manage patient admissions, discharges, post discharge appointments, and other clerical tasks. Work Schedule: Full-Time or Part-Time (0.3-1.0 FTE) DAY/NOC Shifts, Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Recruitment Incentives: Authorized for highly qualified individuals Relocation Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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