Nursing Assistant (Surgical Unit)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - San Antonio, TX

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 831145

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.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-04 .

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Male applicants born after
December 31, 1959, will be required to complete the certification documentation
to confirm their Selective Service registration status.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: All applicants applying for this position are
required to submit the VA Form 10-2850c . This form and instructions can be
found in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement. You will
not be considered if you do not complete and submit this document.


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

Your primary purpose will be to serve in a
capacity as a member of the nursing team, performing a variety of nursing
assignments of general nature; administering care to patients and support to
providers and nurses in the performance of personal care; assisting with
diagnostic examinations; and treating the patient, family/significant other/co-workers
and peers with respect and courtesy at all times. Some basic computer skills will be essential to performing your
duties as a Nurse Assistant. You will be required to enter specific information
into the patients’ electronic records or charts using standard medical
terminology. You will be responsible for teaching patients and family members
the necessity to continue the procedures for proper health care, and
encouraging patients in self-care activities within their individual capacities
as outline on their care plan. You will be required to perform other related
duties as assigned. The Nursing Assistant provides technical nursing care to
the adult and geriatric patients according to the established plan of care by
the health care team. Diagnostic and therapeutic duties which includes, but may
not be limited to the following: obtaining and recording vital signs, measuring
and recording intake and outputs, Accucheck blood glucose monitoring and
recording, provide all aspects of ADL’s to include, toileting, ambulating,
transporting, feeding, bathing, bed making, turning and positioning patients; providing
oral, nail, hair and related hygiene care; may include tube feedings; assisting
physician or nurse with diagnostic procedures and exams; suctioning mouth and
larynx; performs a range of treatment procedures which includes using hot and
cold packs; changing non-sterile dressings; discontinuing I.V. catheters,
discontinuing foley catheters, performs ekg’s, bladder scans, colostomy care
and other procedures as specified by nursing policy; Incumbent also recognizes
emergency situations; initiates CPR and seeks assistance. Certification as a
nursing assistant is preferred. Tour of duty is rotating schedules and includes
weekends and holidays.

Rotating Shifts: Day/Evening or Day/Nights, based on the needs of the
unit (0730-1600 (days), 1530-2400 (evening), 2330-0800 (nights)

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

QUALIFICATIONS: Requires one year of
specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-3).
Applicants can meet the qualifications by meeting one of the below criteria.

Completion of appropriate training such as inservice training programs,
training acquired while serving in the Armed Forces, and government-sponsored
developmental training programs will be allowed credit on a month-for-month
basis, generally through the GS-5 level. Such training meets general or
specialized experience requirements depending upon its applicability.
General Experience: (l) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to
perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity
with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular
knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of
the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position
to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been
equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Applicants who have the 1
year of appropriate specialized experience, as indicated in the table, are not
required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high
school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum
qualification requirements.

Specialized Experience is described
as and 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.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of
a 2-year degree program in an accredited community college, junior college, or
college or university in practical nursing or in a field of study appropriate
to the specialization of the position, such as education in a program for a
psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technician.

Equivalent combinations
of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also
qualifying. The combinations described below are those most typical for these
positions, i.e., for grades GS-3 through GS-5. If education is used to meet
specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses
directly related to the work of the position. (When crediting education,
prorate the number of hours of related courses required as a proportion of the
total education to be used.)
  • For GS-4 level positions, determine the applicant's total qualifying experience
as a percentage of the 1 year of experience required for GS-4; then determine
the applicant's education as a percentage of the 2 years of education that
meets the requirements for GS-4. Add the two percentages. The total percentage
must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-4.

Preferred Experience:
  • CNA Certification preferred
  • 3 years patient care experience preferred
Specialized Experience: For more information on these qualification standards,
please visit OPM's web site at .


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: 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 .

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.

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 .
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...