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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans? A Recruitment or Relocation incentive may be authorized up to $10,000 for highly qualified candidates. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Education or Training: Must possess one year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation, OR completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assistant. (TRANSCRIPTS or CERTIFICATION REQUIRED) In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must meet the following GRADE REQUIREMENTS. GS-3 Level: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-4 Level: Experience: One year of specialized experience as a NA or experience in another medical field (licensed practical nurse, health technician, hospital corpsman, etc.), performing technical and nursing skills requiring knowledge of the human physical and emotional states, therapeutic communication, and technical skills required for basic and intermediate treatments; OR Education: Successful completion of 2 years above high school in an accredited institution with courses related to nursing care, health care or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position, such as education in a program for psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technicians (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED); AND In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): 1. Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents. 2. Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner. 3. Ability to properly use equipment, materials and supplies in simple diagnostic and treatment procedures such as bladder scan, continuous passive motion device, blood glucose monitoring machine, specimen collection, etc. 4. Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals. GS-5 Level: Experience: One year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-4 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment; OR Education: Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included 24 semester hours of courses related to health care or possession of a bachelor's degree; AND In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): 1. Ability to assist in the full range of nursing care to patients/residents with physical and/or behavioral problems in a hospital, long term care or outpatient setting under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse. 2. Ability to communicate orally with patients/residents, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. This includes serving as a preceptor to new [NAs] by assisting with the coordination of their orientation and overseeing/assessing their practical experience while in a clinical setting. 3. Ability to recognize and react to emergent patient/resident care situations and intervene while waiting for assistance. For example, recognizing need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc. References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46. The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-5. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to a GS-5. Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and lifting in the direct care of patients; some extended periods of sitting and/or standing. ["This position is located in the RECC (Rehabilitation Extended and Community Care) Division, on the 9CN Unit. Heroes' Corner (9CN) is an 18-bed Palliative Care/Hospice Unit. The Nursing Staff provides high quality patient-centered care to our Veterans and their families. Collaborative care is provided and supported at end-of-life as well as supportive care while Veterans are receiving Palliative chemotherapy and/or radiation. Our Nursing staff focuses on management of symptoms including pain, provision of psychosocial and spiritual support, and the application of comfort measures as an alternative to aggressive treatments. Major Duties: Personal patient care including bathing, feeding, grooming, laundry and mobilizing with demonstration of skills which reflect the needs of the older adult Appropriate support duties i.e., patient centered care, proper implementation of policies and procedures, use of good body mechanics, and assist in application and operation of specialized functional equipment Support and participates in patient improvement/safety efforts Support duties for treatment services such as specimen collection and facilitating attendance at scheduled therapies Treatment duties such as finger sticks, bladder scan, mobility devices and restorative care Integrates professional communication and excellent customer service when dealing with all internal and external customers. Work Schedules: One full-time (1.0): 12 HOUR SHIFTS MAY BE AVAILABLE Days/1st shift Weekend and Federal holiday rotation A Recruitment or Relocation incentive may be authorized up to $10,000 for highly qualified candidates. Two part Time (0.5/40 hours every 2 weeks): 12 HOUR SHIFTS MAY BE AVAILABLE Days/1st or Nights/3rd shift Weekend and Federal holiday rotation A Recruitment or Relocation incentive may be authorized up to $5,000 for highly qualified candidates."]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.