Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant - Surgery (5A) in Cleveland, Ohio

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1985435

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 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.

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is a 673-bed tertiary healthcare facility which provides care to over 100,000 veterans in northern Ohio. We provide care through our main medical facility at the Wade Park campus, 13 community based outpatient clinics, and 3 vet centers. The medical center has been recognized for more programs of excellence than any other Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These programs of excellence include: Open Heart Surgery, Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Substance Abuse Care, Spinal Cord Injury Care, Medical Care of the Homeless, Domiciliary Care of the Homeless, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Advance Platform Technology, Primary Care Education, and Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education. We are a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services to Veterans with state-of-the art technology as well as medical education and research. Our main campus in Cleveland, Ohio has a full service ER for both general acute care and psychiatric care and a comprehensive reference clinical laboratory. With us, you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career experience.

Note: A Professional Standard Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Duties

The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for two Nursing Assistants. The Nursing Assistants will function in the Surgery (5A) section of Nursing Service. The Nursing Assistants duties include:

  • Assisting medical personnel in the care or treatment of patient illnesses or medical conditions.
  • Monitoring and recording vital signs, weights, and heights.
  • Performing a variety of routine tests including but not limited to nares swabs, glucometer sticks, EKG, and bladder scans.
  • Preparing, ambulating, transporting, and positioning the patient.
  • Assisting the physician/nurse in a variety of examinations and treatments.
  • Reporting observations and changes of the condition of acute or chronic phase patients.
  • Performing a wide variety of duties aimed at increasing the comfort and spirit of the patient.
  • Following designated charting techniques to post to patients' charts that provide a daily outline or summary of the patient's care.
  • Setting up various types of complex medical equipment.
  • Educating the patient and family member on specific health information based on the patient's condition.
  • Assisting with admission packets including basin, pitcher, incentive spirometer, urinalysis cup and nares swab.
  • Assisting nursing staff with one hour rounds.
  • Assisting nursing staff with answering call lights.

Work Schedule: Evenings 3:30pm - Midnight, with rotating weekends and holidays.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position

Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

05

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current, Permanent VA Employees and Current, Permanent Employees of Other Federal Agencies

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U. S. Citizenship.
  • Occupational physical may be required.
  • English Language Proficiency.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.

Education or Training: One year above high school with courses related to the NA 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 may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.

Grandfathering Provisions: All Nursing Assistants employed in VHA effective 3/26/14 or prior are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the series and grade held that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

1-2 years acute care experience.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS Quality of Experience: To be creditable, NA experience must be documented on the application or resume and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.

Part-Time Experience: Part-time experience as a NA is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time work week. For example, a NA employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time work week of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: To qualify at the GS-3 Level: No requirements beyond the basic requirements.

To qualify at the GS-4 level: 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

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

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. To qualify at the GS-5 level: 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

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

Demonstrate the following 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 In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. When describing your experience please include your title, duties performed, and dates of employment (month/year). We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Grade Determinations are based upon the VA Qualification Standards which can be found in VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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.

Physical Requirements: Applicant must possess the ability to lift and carry 45 pounds and over; pull, push and reach above the shoulder; and walk, stand, kneel and bend repeatedly.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Areas of Consideration – Applicants will be considered based on the following areas of consideration.

  • First Area of Consideration (facility employees) – Current, permanent Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (CBOC's included), permanent employees of the Veteran Canteen Service assigned to this facility, Office of Information & Technology employees assigned to this facility, CPAC bargaining unit employees located at the Cleveland VAMC, and Virtual CBOPC bargaining unit employees under station 741 located at the Cleveland VAMC.
  • Second Area of Consideration (other VA employees) – Current, permanent Department of Veterans Affairs Employees (VA employees who are located at other VA medical centers).
  • Third Area of Consideration: Current, permanent employees of other Federal agencies.
BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Other Information

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474251600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-12 to 2017-08-02

Salary: $27,206 to $44,428 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 00

Series: 0621 Nursing Assistant

Appointment type: Agency Employees Only

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: FZ-17-DM-1985435-BU

Control number: 474251600