Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant in Louisville, Kentucky40290

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)1971690

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With openings in multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is the VA the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) improves the health of our veterans by providing a continuum of care through an integrated health care delivery system. We are a tertiary care facility classified as a level 1c facility affiliated with the University of Louisville, as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. The facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits to Veterans residing in 40 counties in central and western Kentucky and in southern Indiana.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply! The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Duties

As a Nursing Assistant, you will function as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the Medical Procedure Unit for Medical Service, You should be able to function with minimal direction from the professional nurse in the following areas:

  • Function as an escort for transporting patients throughout the clinical areas and discharge from the Medical Procedure unit as needed.

  • Will assist RN staff in getting patient brought back to pre-op, get responsible adults signature on appropriate paper work to accompany patient home, instruct patient on getting dressed, taking inventory of belongings and document it.

  • Check and records vital signs including pain. Verbalizes that pain is measured on a scale of 0-10 and ensures RN is kept aware of patients who are in pain.

  • Functions proactively to prevent medical emergencies. Recognizes and reports potentially erratic behaviors and physical changes.

  • Assist patients with changing of into hospital gowns and giving enemas as needed

  • Assist patients to the bathroom as needed before and after procedures.

  • Cleans and makes dirty stretchers & is responsible in maintaining a clean and safe physical environment.

  • Getting patient snacks & take V/S as directed and document as appropriate post operatively

  • Will prep slides for pathology and be required to wear lead aprons for extended periods of time during procedures.

Work Schedule: One (1) position will work 8:00 am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday and One (1) position will work 9:30am -6pm Monday - Friday.

Note: 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. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Education or Training: One (1) full academic year of education above the high school level with courses realted to the NA occupation OR completed an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one (1) year.

  • English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

* GS-05 NA (Full Performance Level): (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. 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; AND (c) Demonstrated KSAs.In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/71, Part II, Appendix G46, NURSING ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD: http://vaww1.va.gov/Ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005-81.docx

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Applications submitted without this information may not be considered.

Original transcripts will not be returned.

* You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States at the time of application. If using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.*

Physical Requirements: Duties require extensive periods of standing, sitting and walking. Working with patients requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, sitting, stretching and similar activities. The employee provides physical restraints for confused or combative patients as necessary.. Incumbent must be physically able to lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, but use assistive lift devices to prevent any injuries.

Veterans Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD-214 and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.) and/or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service.

Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information."

BENEFITS

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/JobBenefits/benefits.asp.

Other Information

This job opportunity may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Vet-Pro (VA electronic credentialing system):Upon selection, you will be provided with information on how to use Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro was implemented on July 1, 2005. As part of the VA's pre-appointment process, it is necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, certificate, or registration using Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472390400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $31,944.00 to $46,294.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 472390400

Job Announcement Number: VHA-603-17-RY1971690-L-BU