Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) : 751280. Please include on all uploaded documents and refer to this number when making inquiries.
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.
The VA Medical Center of Salem, Virginia is located adjacent to Roanoke which has natural beauty and many summit features such as: the Roanoke Star and its overlook of the Roanoke Valley, the Mill Mountain Zoo, and many outdoor pursuits such as the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway which run through this area.
The Salem VAMC offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on employment opportunities and benefits, please visit our website at: http://www.VAcareers.va.gov .
Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more .
The full performance level of this vacancy is 06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is 04-06. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications 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.
Must be a U.S. Citizen
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing
Licensure, Certification, or Registration
Background and/or Security Investigation
Must pass Pre-Employment Examination
Work Schedule: To be determined
** Grade/salary to be determined by Professional Standards Board (PSB)
Position Title, series & grade: Nursing Assistant, GS 0621-04/05
Performs ADLS during patient care
Cares for the agitated patient, including SOS levels
Follows all policy and procedure when checking patients for contraband
Transports laboratory specimens
Performs simple sterile dressing changes
Applies traction (Buck's); prosthetic devices with assistance from the RN/LPN if equipment is necessary for transportation
Provides age specific care
Attends Mandatory Reviews and other continuing education programs as assigned
Works with patients maintaining a safe, clean, and therapeutic environment
Practices principles of good body mechanics to protect self and others from injury
Maintains a healthy working environment for co-workers
**Use of computers as required for performance of documentation/reporting activities
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 mentall 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
Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. Works with the RN and/or MD/DO to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs/LVNs and/or Nursing Assistants (NAs)/Health Technicians (HTs) in relation to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care delivery. Provides effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medication, and/or prescribed treatment regimes.
Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact in an appropriate manner with patients, family members, professional and other supportive personnel involved in the delivery of patient care, incorporating acceptable, established customer service standards into practice.
Knowledge and skill sufficient to prepare, administer, and appropriately document actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and/or intravenous medications as permitted by approved local facility policies and procedures. Observation and documentation will include patient's response to medication administered and the reporting of any noted change in patient's condition to RN or MD/DO.
Knowledge and ability to recognize the need for and to institute emergency measures when indicated, promptly seek the assistance of the RN or MD/DO, and assist in resuscitation procedures in cardiac and/or pulmonary arrest.
Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.
Completed work is under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO. Individuals at this grade level are expected to have a broad working knowledge of practical nursing procedures. However, completion of more complex practices or procedures may be subject to closer higher-level review.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over)
Straight pulling (8 hrs)
Pulling hand overhand (8 hrs)
Reaching above shoulder
Use of fingers
Both hands required
Walking (8 hrs)
Standing (8 hrs)
Kneeling (8 hrs)
Repeated bending (8 hrs)
Both legs required
Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaegar 1 to 4
Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other
Ability to distinguish basic colors
Ability to distinguish shades of colors
Hearing without aid
Mental and Emotional Stability
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 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 and/or resume. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled/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 application, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof, prior to appointment as documentation of entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. If interviews are conducted, you may be evaluated based upon responses you provide to questions during the 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 paid vacation and sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).
In addition to "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. To learn more about benefits offered, visit: http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans' Preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website st: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .
Department of Veterans Affairs - 14 months ago