Nursing Assistant
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Omaha, NE

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 840661

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.

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

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it 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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
Important: Current permanent VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System employees will be given first consideration. Note: Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.

NOTE: External candidates eligible for veterans preference will receive consideration prior to considering external non-preference applicants. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required. DUTIES:
This position is located in the Primary and Specialty Medicine Service.

The nursing assistant is a member of the nursing team and assists the RN in the care of patients in acute, sub-acute or chronic states of illness. These patients have nursing care needs which vary from predictable to unpredictable. The employee performs aspects of nursing care which require understanding of complex patient treatment regimens and an understanding of physical and behavioral concepts essential for individualized care. The nursing assistant has advanced skills and is able to identify subtle changes in the patient's condition.

Work Schedule: There are multiple schedules available for these positions, it may be either an 8 hour evening shift 3:30pm to 12:00am and 8 hour night 11:30pm to 8:00am, or 12 hour day/evening shift or 12 hour night shift.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
• U.S. citizenship.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
GS-5 Grade Level:
Specialized Experience : 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the Federal GS-04 level. Qualifying specialized experience includes professional nursing assistant care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other medical, nursing, or patient care facility or in such work as that of a home health aide where the following duties were performed: Assisting with the admission, discharge of patients; providing personal care for patients to include, bathing, skin care, positioning, turning, lifting, dressing and feeding; providing care to patients requiring close continuing observations during stages of their illness; provides a clean and safe environment by providing lighting, ventilation, temperature and quiet; cleans equipment; knowledge of verbal and nonverbal communication; knowledge and skill sufficient to note changes in patients' physical or emotional conditions; knowledge of human relationships; knowledge and skill in computers, keyboarding; knowledge and skill including spelling and grammar sufficient to use basic nursing care terminology and record keeping procedures for the purpose of recording information on patients records, to include but not limited to ADLs, vital signs and weights. ; or

Education : 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation. Education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, or university for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. A portion of the education needs to be related to the work of the position to be filled. Transcripts are required.; or

Combination of Experience and Education : Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. Transcripts are required.

SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5 LEVEL: To meet the required specialized experience for the GS-5 level, applicant may substitute a bachelors degree. You must submit a transcript to receive credit for this education.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : Input applicable reference and links. OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm .
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position has physical requirements which include heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), moderate carrying (15 to 44 pounds), pushing, pulling, reaching above the shoulders, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, use of arms and legs to climb, sitting, twisting, simple grasping and fine manipulation. All physical requirements are intermittent in nature, but can be expected to recur for 8 to 12 hours. The employee must be able to utilize safe patient handling equipment and techniques in lifting, moving and transferring patients.

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://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. 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/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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

Receiving Service Credit for 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...