Nursing Assistant
Department of Veteran Affairs - Spokane, WA

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Serves in the Community Living Center.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide daily living activities such as assisting patients with personal hygeine care, setting up and feeding patients, lifts, turns, and transferring patients with appropriate technique and assist devices. Prepares and transports patients as needed for tests or discharge
  • Performs a range of diagnostic support duties which include taking, recording, and reporting to the supervisor deviations in vital signs, taking specimens, labeling specimens for the laboratory, and assisting the doctor in a variety of diagnostic exams. Consistently makes gross accurate observations of the patient's condition and reports and documents findings.
  • Performs a complete range of treatment procedures that include but are not limited to; hot and cold packs, changing and applying sterile and nonsterile dressings, monitoring intravenous fluids, maintaining feedings, accuchecks, inserting foley catheters, irrigating foley catheters, caring for patients in isolation, setting up and giving treatments that require a variety of auxiliary equipment, and complex dressings.
  • Verbally communicates patient information to the supervisor for inclusion in the nursing care plan and keeps patient informed of their role in various medical treatments such as; x-rays, reviewing informaiton provided by the doctor or nurse, setup and purpose of treatment supported by auxiliary equipment such as oxygen and suction.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Pass a pre-employment physical.
  • Proficient in basic written and spoken english.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • One year of specialized experience (see below for description of specialized experience)

Specialized Experience: Qualifying specialized experience includes nonprofessional nursing 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 aid performing duties, such as:
  • Providing personal nursing care such as providing pre- and post-operative care.
  • Support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, such as setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus.
  • Caring for mentally ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassurance and encouragement.
  • Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.
  • (This experience must be well documented in your resume or application package


GS-5 Qualifications - Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level (see above description) or an equivalent level of responsibility that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.


Successfully completed a (4) four year post high school degree program in an accredited community college, junior college, college or university in practical nursing or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position (Transcript Required).


A combination of experience as described above and education above the high school level as described above. NOTE: To combine education and experience, first determine how much of the qualifying experience and education you have, as a percentage of what is required for each. Add the percentages together, and if the total is 100% or more, then the combined education and experience is qualifying for the position. EXAMPLE: the applicant has 6 months of specialized experience and 6 semester hours of college (in directly related courses). That means the applicant has 50% of the required one year of experience and 67% of the education required to substitute for education. The total qualifying experience and education add up to 117%. The applicant can combine his or her experience to qualify for the position. NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS.

Physical Requirements: The work involves long periods of standing, bending, lifting, and repositioning of patients. Frequently requires lifting and carrying items/objects of 50lbs. and over.

References: For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at .

Physical Requirements: The work involves long periods of standing, bending, lifting, and repositioning of patients. Frequently requires lifting and carrying items/objects of 50lbs. and over.
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 DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), 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 .
All applicants are
required to sub

mit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(10-2850c)Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (required) .
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  • To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1026762.
  • Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
  • If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, January 23, 2014Thursday, January 23, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire .
  • Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  • Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

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