Department Of Veterans Affairs
North Little Rock , AR 72199
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* VideosVideos * DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryIf you are not a current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-11167965-21-LD.The Nursing Assistant - Community Living Center position is located in the Nursing Service. NAs are 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.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilities * The duties of the Nursing Assistant in Nursing Service include but are not limited to:* Assists patients/residents with activities of daily living, i.e., bathing, shaving, feeding, oral hygiene, ambulation, dressing, etc. Assists lower graded NA in the completion of these duties as well. * Assists Registered Nurses, therapists and others in the rehabilitation and or providing care for patients/residents. Assures the residents are prepared to engage in therapy as much as possible. * Ability to use clean and aseptic technique to perform various non-medicine treatments, i.e., wound cleansing, applying dressings, performing catheter care, and applying external catheters, performing perianal care and monitoring for early signs of breakdown- notify RN. etc. * Cares for patient/resident and prevents complications of limited mobility or immobilization by turning, maintaining proper body alignment, range of motion exercises, assists with deep breathing and cough. * Encourages and provides adequate nutrition and hydration within ordered diet. Assists with observation and monitoring of enteral feeding and/or gastro tube and notifies RNs of concerns or issues. Accurately monitors intake and output and daily weights as ordered.* Monitors intravenous fluids by informing the nurse of the need to add fluids, any alarm and any patient/resident concerns. Monitors for pain, leakage, swelling or redness at site and notifies nurse immediately. * Is a leader in activities that promote safety for the Veteran and others in the work area, including, but not limited to, performing monitoring of the patient safety monitoring system after completion of orientation and completion of competency demonstration. Assists with safety monitors such as hand hygiene, safety support or others. * Performs other duties as assigned for the position. Precepts and trains new and lower graded staff in functions of nurse assistant.Work Schedule: Various 8 hour tours with rotating weekends based on service needsFinancial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTravel RequiredNot requiredSupervisory statusNoPromotion Potential5* Job family (Series)0621 Nursing AssistantSimilar jobs * Assistants, Medical * Assistants, Nursing * Assistants, Psychiatric Technician * Medical Assistants * Nursing Assistants * Psychiatric Technician Assistants * RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions 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 processQualificationsThis is an Open Continuous Announcement to fill multiple vacancies in various Services within CAVHS. A qualification review will be conducted every 2 weeks and qualified candidates will be referred to the Services upon their need for recruitment.TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE, OR YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ELECTRONIC NOTICE THAT YOU ARE RATED INELIGIBLE. SEE QUALIFICATIONS SECTION AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SECTION FOR DETAILS. KSAs MUST BE DEMONSTRATED IN YOUR RESUME. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT AND REFER BACK TO IT OFTEN WHEN WRITING YOUR RESUME.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: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 7403(f). * Education/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.May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).Preferred Experience: * Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is desired. If selected for this position, per VHA Directive 1177, you must possess current BCLS certification as you will provide direct clinical care to patients in this position. * Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. * Knowledge of computer systems and standard software programs. * Demonstrates skills in managing complex systems, with advanced organizational skills. * Knowledge and understanding of Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) regulations/policies/procedures, current Joint Commission (JC) Standards, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and other current internal and external accrediting body standards. * Demonstrates a pleasant and respectful disposition. * Demonstrates the ability to respond in a positive manner with Mental Health and Behavioral Science VeteransGrade 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 AssistantExperience. 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;ANDDemonstrated 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.Nursing Assistant, GS-05Experience. 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;ANDDemonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of 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.References: VA Handbook 5005 Appendix G46The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. 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:The work occurs within a typical hospital setting and will work closely with others. The position will require irregular schedules. The physical demands involve moderate to heavy lifting (15 - 45 lbs and above), moderate carrying (15-44 lbs), pushing (1 hr), reaching above shoulder and walking/standing (8 hrs). Will also need to meet the following: depth perception, near vision (with or without correction), far vision 20/20 (one eye) and 20/40 (in other eye) with or without correction, hearing (with or without aid) and other areas as required. Environmental factors include hands in water, working closely with others and irregular schedules. (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services).EducationIMPORTANT: 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.