Nursing Assistant Medical/Surgical Unit, GS-621-4
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Fayetteville, AR

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 635799

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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:
Major Duties: The incumbent Nursing Assistant is responsible for providing safe, effective care to inpatients on a busy medical/surgical/telemetry ward. Activities will include bathing, personal hygiene, assisting with feeding, taking-recording-reporting vital signs accurately, assisting ambulation and other duties or care as directed by Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses or providers. She/he observes patients who may be confused or have other cognitive issues providing a safe environment and reports to nurse when condition changes. Incumbent initiates emergency action in life threatening situations such as cardiac and/or respiratory arrest, massive bleeding, shock, or assaultive behavior and alerts licensed personnel immediately. Incumbent will document vital signs and activities of daily living in the electronic record or paper record during contingency. The incumbent reports to the Nurse Manager 2A. The incumbent must possess excellent communication skills and demonstrate expertise in customer service.

TOUR OF DUTY: Evening and Night Tour (3:30pm-12:00mn and or 11:30pm-8:00 am) with rotating weekends and holidays

RELOCATION EXPENSES: Not Authorized

RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE OR RELOCATION INCENTIVE: Not Authorized

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: This position has known promotion potential to the GS-5 level. Selection does not guarantee promotion to the target grade. All legal and regulatory requirements for promotion to the next higher grade must be met. Subsequent promotion to the next higher grade is dependent on the selectee's demonstration of the ability to perform the duties of that grade to the satisfaction of the supervisor and the availability of enough work at the next higher grade to support the target position.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS :
Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.

Physical Standards: Applicants must successfully complete a pre-employment physical, including the possibility of a drug screen.

English Language Proficiency: Proficiency in the English Language is required for direct patient care positions. (P.L. 95-201)

GRADE REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet the following requirements:

General experience is defined as (1) 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 occupation.

FOR GS-4

6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience.

Specialized experience is experience that must be close to the duties of this job and has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of Nursing Assistant. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-3 level. Typically we would find this experience in work within this field or a field that 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 aide performing duties such as: bathing, feeding, lifting, turning patients, and providing oral, nail, hair, and skin care. Perform diagnostic support including taking and recording vital signs, intake and output, accuchecks, and collecting specimens. Observes the general appearance of patient behavior, irregularities in vital signs, condition of skin, etc.

OR

2 years above high school education with courses related to the occupation.

OR

Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience.

Background Investigation: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

You will be rated on the following KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position.

Knowledge of anatomy and physiology in order to observe and report significant physiological and/or psychological changes in the patient’s condition, appropriately informing the nurse about progress, needs, request, and/or complaints.
Knowledge and skill to recognize and/or initiate basic life support for the patient in cardiac and/or respiratory arrest.
Knowledge and skill sufficient to use written nursing procedures and policies, operate equipment, and utilize supplies to provide nursing care for assigned patients.
Ability to use initiative in carrying out recurring tasks independently without specific instructions, but appropriately referring problems or deviations not covered by instruction to the professional nurse.
Ability to successfully communicate to co-workers and other medical center personnel; clearly and concisely in matters of patient care, in a professional, diplomatic manner.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References : OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions.

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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. ***

One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university or at least 20 hours of classroom instructions per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business or technical school. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
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...