If you are a current, permanent Federal employee, please apply under announcement: CAZT--CLB-532.
As a Nursing Assistant in Extended Care and Rehabilitation at the Fort Meade campus of the VA Black Hills Health Care System in South Dakota, you will perform a wide range of resident personal care, diagnostic services, treatment and charting activities on a regular and continuing basis in a Community Living Center.
The incumbent delivers safe and individualized nursing care to residents with multiple and complex needs and performs in such a way as to promote a sense of worth and dignity for the individual. He/she provides care that addresses physical, emotional, rehabilitative and spiritual needs of veterans. Provides competent nursing tasks in a variety of situations to meet residents' needs for personal hygiene, physical comfort, nutrition, elimination and prevention of skin breakdown while participating in a resident centered treatment team. The incumbent should possess basic understanding of simple scientific facts and principles, a broad spectrum of technical skills, adaptation of procedures to meet individual resident needs, and recognition of the relatedness of residents' behavior to their physical condition.
Work Schedule: 80 hours per biweekly pay period, with rotating shifts to include days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. 12-hour or 8-hour shifts/schedules are available.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in ccordance with VA Policy.
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 as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
English Language Proficiency. [NAs] must be proficient in spoken and written English in? accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Preferred Experience: Certification preferred and experience in Rehabilitation/Hospice/Dementia in a Community Living Center environment.
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met
when determining the grade of candidates.
GS-3 Nursing Assistant (Entry Level)
Experience and Education None beyond the basic requirements.
Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 [NAs] are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.
GS-4 Nursing Assistant
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;
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
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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 Nursing Assistant (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 below;
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
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, Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard:
This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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.
Duties require extensive periods of standing and walking, with regular and recurring pushing, lifting, stooping, bending, stretching, repositioning patients and similar activities. While providing patient care, the employee must practice good body mechanics to prevent injury to self and patient.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. A COURSE LISTING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
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: . 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. For further information, visit: .
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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; religions; 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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete application package which, in addition to the on-line questionnaire, includes the following required documents:
1.Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. REQUIRED
2.VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations. REQUIRED VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: .
3.A copy of your transcripts. REQUIRED. A course listing is not acceptable. Transcripts must include degree and date degree conferred.
4.SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the Federal service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service). You must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted. (if applicable)
5.DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, indicating your Character of Service (if applicable)
6.Documentation of Service-Connected disability: Service-Connected disability letter and SF-15 Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (if applicable)
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this 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).
Other Veterans Document
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 .
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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