Nursing Assistant (Louisville) OCA - External

US Veterans Health Administration


Date: 1 week ago
City: Louisville, KY
Salary: $32,570 - $51,984 / year
Contract type: Full time
US Veterans Health Administration

Duties


Duties include, but not limited to:




  • Assists with patient admission, transfer or discharge. In addition to obtaining basic information, the person observes skin condition for pressure areas, lesions, bruises, etc., that will indicate the need for special nursing measures. The person further assists the Team Leader/Primary Care Nurse with baseline data collections as sensorium, presence of tubes and gives the patient and family an orientation to the ward and explains hospital rules such as visiting hours and smoking regulations.



  • Applies principles of normal range of motion, body mechanics and body alignments. This is done several times a tour for the immobilized patient and the person has a thorough understanding of this nursing measure.



  • Performs duties in connection with personal services to patients such as bathing, oral hygiene, shampoo, shaving, giving bedpans and urinals, answering call lights, ambulating, positioning, lifting and transporting patients, feeding patients and applying condom drains. The person understands the complications and the necessity of good oral hygiene.



  • Assists the physician or nurse in performing procedures by positioning, draping and supporting the patient and setting up equipment, such as lumbar puncture trays, aspiration trays, etc. With additional knowledge received, the person understands why they place a patient in a special position for a procedure, as for the lumbar puncture, and also knows that specimen labeling must be done immediately and taken to lab with very careful handling.



  • Utilizes principles of asepsis in performing urological procedures, such as catheterization and irrigations. The person, monitors continuous irrigations of bladder or wounds, reporting to the. Team Leader/Primary Care Nurse the type of drainage.



  • Changes simple non-sterile dressings.



  • Prepares and gives tap water and soap suds enemas, irrigates mature colostomies and supports the teaching programs for patient and family care for all ostomates.



  • Keeps constantly alert in observing patients, notes any significant changes, whether evidenced by a physical observation or by a mechanical means, takes emergency action for which he/she is trained and calls the professional nurse.



Work Schedule: Various tours available. Will be determined by the Hiring Manager (Nurse Manager) of the position


Virtual: This is not a virtual position


Functional Statement #: PD000000


Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized


Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized


Fi
nancial Disclosure Report: Not required



Requirements


Conditions of Employment




  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.

  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.

  • Subject to background/security investigation.

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.

  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).

  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.




Qualifications



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: NAs 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 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.

  • Grandfathering Provisions: All Nursing Assistants employed in VHA on the effective date of this qualification standard (March 12, 2015) are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the series and grade held that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:

    • Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.

    • If an employee who was retained (grandfathered) under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status of the grandfathering provision and must meet the full VA qualification standard basic requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.



Grade Requirements:

  • Creditable Experience:

    • Knowledge of Current Practice: To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the current practice.

    • Quality of Experience: To be creditable, NA experience must be documented on the application or resume and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.

    • Part-Time Experience: Part-time experience as a NA is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a NA employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.



Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

  • GS-3 Nursing Assistant (Entry Level)

    • Experience and Education: None beyond the basic requirements.

    • Assignment: Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.


  • GS-4 Nursing Assistant (Intermediate/Developmental Level)

    • 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

      • 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

    • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs), GS-4: 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.



    • 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.


  • GS-5 Nursing Assistant (Full Performance Level)

    • Experience: One year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-4 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities as described above that are directly related to the specific assignment.

      • 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 KSAs, GS-5: In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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.



    • 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, 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 in the range of GS-3 to GS-5




Physical Requirements: Duties require extensive periods of standing, sitting and walking. Working with patients requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching and similar activities. The employee provides physical restraints for confused or combative patients as necessary. The incumbent may on occasion, be assigned to any nursing section. Incumbent must be physically able to lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds.



Education


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.




Additional information



Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

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.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

Work Environment: The employee works in a hospital setting on an assigned nursing unit, but may be detailed or pulled to other nursing units when needed to provide adequate level of care in an emergency situation. The employee is exposed to infectious, contagious diseases on a regular, recurring basis; isolation carts with gloves, masks, gowns are available and the employee is required to observe established infection control policy. The employee is aware of electrical and environmental safety, fire hazards, smoking policy and reports any problems immediately. The employee gives care to confused and disoriented patients and is sometimes subject to physical or verbal attack from patients and/or visitors.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.








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How You Will Be Evaluated



You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate's abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.






  • Benefits



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    Review our benefits



    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.




  • Required Documents



    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.


    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:



    • Resume




    Reminder
    :
    We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications. We need to verify basic requirements that include experience and/or education:

    • If only submitting your resume, be sure to list your education (include college name, type of degree, year obtained), any nursing assistant certification you may have (including the state it is issued from), and all your job experience (include job title, duties, start and end dates, full time or part time status; if part-time, please include the number of hours per week)


    OR

    • You can submit your resume with only your job experience along with:

      • A copy of any nursing assistant certification you may have, and/or

      • A copy of your transcripts


    VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: About VA Form 10-2850C | Veterans Affairs



    The following documents are accepted and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc





    • Cover Letter

    • DD-214/ Statement of Service

    • Disability Letter (VA)

    • VA 102850c-Employment Application

    • Nursing Assistant certificate

    • Resume

    • Separation Notice (RIF)

    • SF-15

    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

    • Transcript






    Veterans' Preference: Veterans' Preference has been waived for this vacancy in accordance with the provisions of 38 USC 7412 in conjunction with the provisions of P.L. 115-46. The position in this vacancy has been identified as a VHA Shortage Occupation as determined by the VA Office of the Inspector General for fiscal year 2023 (October 1, 2022-September 29, 2023).Veterans are encouraged to apply, and qualified Veterans will receive full consideration.



    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:


    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.




  • How to Apply




    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/29/2023 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11742201.




    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.



    • Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.





    NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date



    To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete




    Agency contact information


    Malondria Hooker




    Phone

    (901) 584-2283


    Email

    [email protected]




    Address



    Robley Rex VA Medical Center


    800 Zorn Avenue


    Louisville, KY 40206


    US




    Next steps



    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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 USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

    NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service. HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased medical facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities. HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.




  • Fair and Transparent



    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.



    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy

    • Reasonable accommodation policy

    • Financial suitability

    • Selective Service

    • New employee probationary period

    • Signature and false statements

    • Privacy Act

    • Social security number request






Required Documents



To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:



  • Resume




Reminder
:
We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications. We need to verify basic requirements that include experience and/or education:

  • If only submitting your resume, be sure to list your education (include college name, type of degree, year obtained), any nursing assistant certification you may have (including the state it is issued from), and all your job experience (include job title, duties, start and end dates, full time or part time status; if part-time, please include the number of hours per week)


OR

  • You can submit your resume with only your job experience along with:

    • A copy of any nursing assistant certification you may have, and/or

    • A copy of your transcripts


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: About VA Form 10-2850C | Veterans Affairs



The following documents are accepted and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc





  • Cover Letter

  • DD-214/ Statement of Service

  • Disability Letter (VA)

  • VA 102850c-Employment Application

  • Nursing Assistant certificate

  • Resume

  • Separation Notice (RIF)

  • SF-15

  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

  • Transcript






Veterans' Preference: Veterans' Preference has been waived for this vacancy in accordance with the provisions of 38 USC 7412 in conjunction with the provisions of P.L. 115-46. The position in this vacancy has been identified as a VHA Shortage Occupation as determined by the VA Office of the Inspector General for fiscal year 2023 (October 1, 2022-September 29, 2023).Veterans are encouraged to apply, and qualified Veterans will receive full consideration.



If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:


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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.









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  • The public


    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.





Clarification from the agency


This announcement is open to U.S. Citizens and is an Open Continuous Announcement (OCA). Current VA Employees, please apply to the internal vacancy announcement #11742122. This position is hybrid title 38 occupations reported among the occupations with the largest staffing shortages and, therefore, under 38 U.S.C. § 7412 waives the requirement to apply Veterans' preference to external applicants for appointments made during the FY 2023.

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