Nursing Assistant (Primary Care/Specialty Care)
Company: Department Of Veterans Affairs
Location: San Antonio
Posted on: February 15, 2019
Applicants currently permanently employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs must apply under announcement CBAR-10344271-19-LRP. Nursing Assistant (NA) Duties include but are not limited to: -Measuring vital signs -Records treatments, findings, and progress in electronic patient record. -Performs and records a variety of advanced specialized treatments. -Ensures proper specimen collection. -Transports patients and specimens to required destinations. -Utilizes aseptic techniques when applying compresses or complicated dressings. -Assists doctors and nurses in the performance of diagnostics examinations. -Assists physicians and nurses in the care and treatment of the ill receiving treatment. -Enters information into the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). -Teaches patients and the family members the need to continue procedures for proper health care. Participates in committees and performs other duties as assigned. The specialty clinics include: 1G, 1A, Allergy, Dermatology, Hepatology, Infectious Diseases, Occupational Health, Weight and Diabetes Management, and Telecare. The population of patient varies depending on specialty to include but not limited to immunosuppressed, neurology, rheumatology, renal, gastroenterology, hem/oncology, endocrine, cardiology and various other specialties. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm (May include Saturday clinics on occasion. Tour of duty and duty location may change due to patient care needs and must be flexible to the needs of the clinic) Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part I, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Education or Training. One year above high school with courses related to the CNA occupation. Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant will also meet the requirements. Preferred Experience: -Certification preferred, but is not required. -2-3 years of previous Nursing Assistant experience -Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate & to maintain composure in stressful situations -BLS certification required Grade Determinations: GS-3 (Entry Level): Experience and Education - None beyond the basic requirements. Individuals are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised. GS-4: 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; AND in addition,demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's): Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents; Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner; 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.; Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals. Assignment: Individuals assigned as GS-4 [NAs] are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised.Nursing Assistants at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist higher graded [NAs], licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other patients/residents who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The significant factor is that they provide care under close supervision and refer issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded [NAs] or other healthcare professionals. In this role, the Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher graded [NAs], licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care, or other patients who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The Nursing Assistant in this role provides care under close supervision and refers issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded [NAs], or other healthcare professionals. GS-5 (Full Performance 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (c) below; 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, demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's): 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; 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; 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. Assignment: This is the full performance level for [NAs]. [NAs] at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other patients/residents who are in acute, sub acute or chronic states of illness. The distinguishing factor is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. [NAs] at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role. References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46, Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard, GS-621, Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-5. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting and carrying (15-44 pounds) Straight pulling (4-6 hours), Pulling hand over hand (4-6 hours), Climbing use of legs and arms, both legs required, Near vision Correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger (1 to 4), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers and both hands, walking (4 hour), standing (2-7 hours), sitting (8 hours), climbing (2 hours), kneeling (2 hours), bending/Stooping (2 hours), Twisting (4-6 hours), Pulling/Pushing (4-6) hours, Simple Grasping 2-4 hours, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability. Vision: 20/40, correctable, can hear alarms, hearing aid permitted, Fine Manipulating (includes keyboarding) 1-5 hours per day.None To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: VA Form 10-2850c Resume VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo2850&tkey&ActionSearch . Required at time of application. The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). Cover Letter DD-214 OF-306 VA Form 10-2850c Other Veterans Document Resume SF-15 SF-50 Transcript Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
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