The VISN 22 VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network is seeking experienced Nursing Assistants to assist in the COVID-19 pandemic in the Intensive Care Units (ICU), Emergency Department (ED), Medical/Surgery and other Units as needed. These are temporary positions with full-time, part-time, and intermittent opportunities!
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Duties include but are not limited to:
Provides complete personal hygiene care including bowel and bladder needs. Turns and positions patients to maintain proper body alignment. Ambulates and transfers patients using Safe Patient Handling Equipment. Performs range of motion exercises with patient. Reports any unusual findings to professional nurse.
Promotes physical independence of the patient by encouraging and teaching patients in selfcare activities, such as progressive steps in personal hygiene, bathing and oral care, eating, dressing and undressing, and bladder and bowel training.
Applies comfort, protective, and supportive devices such as scrotal supports, binders, slings, stockings, side-rails, pillows, and restraints.
Prepares patients for meals, feeds, and assists those requiring help.
Takes, records, and reports vital signs and weights to professional nurse.
Applies external urinary devices. Collects specimens such as urine, sputum and stool using two patient identifiers. Cares for drainage apparatus. Accurately measures and records intake and output. Reports any unusual findings to the professional nurse.
Performs blood glucose monitoring and reports results to professional nurse.
Assists the physician and/or nurse with diagnostic or therapeutic procedures such as physical examination, lumbar puncture, and minor surgical procedures, by assembling and arranging equipment and positioning patients.
Adheres to basic principles of asepsis, universal precautions and isolation techniques to provide a safe environment for patients and employees.
Records in the patient's medical record observations and nursing care procedures which he/she performs.
Initiates and/or assists with emergency measures, including maintaining airway, CPR, and protecting patients having seizures.
Responds and assists in the management of the patient who loses control of behavior and becomes harmful to himself and others by applying physical restraint or other measures as directed by the professional nurse and/or physician.
Performs postmortem care.
Communicates effectively with patients, families and nursing team member.
Work Schedule: Full-time, part-time, and intermittent/PRN. Assigned schedule corresponds to specific clinic (Some clinics require days, nights, weekends, rotating shifts and holidays).
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
0621 Nursing Assistant
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
Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
Education or Training. The candidate must have one year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant 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. Nursing Assistants appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Grandfathering Provisions. All Nursing Assistants employed in VHA as of March 12, 2015 are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the series and grade held that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:
Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.
If an employee who was retained (grandfathered) under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status of the grandfathering provision and must meet the full VA qualification standard basic requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.
GS-5 Experience: This is the full performance level for Nursing Assistants. Nursing Assistants 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. Nursing Assistants at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role.
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 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
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 Nursing Assistants 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G46, Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard
Physical Requirements:Work requires walking, standing, stooping, lifting, bending, pushing, turning, and at times carrying heavy loads. Must be able to utilize good body mechanics and have stamina to withstand stress.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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