Nursing Service is recruiting for two Nursing Assistants located in 7East at the VA Connecticut West Haven Campus. The incumbent will provide nursing care, performs clinical procedures, technical procedures and ancillary services. The Nursing Assistants helps each patient attain optimal physical, physiological, emotional and social well-being.
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Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Performs assigned technical procedures, such as blood glucose monitoring and quality controls, taking and recording blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration, height, weight.
Assists with the admission, transfer and discharge of patients. Prepares patient care rooms for admissions or transfers.
Practices techniques and principles of infection control, transmission precautions, etc.
Documents vital signs, nursing care and belongings inventory list in the electronic medical record and on appropriate flow sheet.
Observes patients and reports changed in appearance, including physical and emotion reactions.
Completes other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: One evening position-3:30pm-Midnight, one night position-11:30pm-8:00am. May rotate to other shifts when necessary. Must be available on weekends and holidays.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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HelpRequirements 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
U.S. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
Education or Training: One year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant (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.
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.
GS-3 NA: Entry Level
(a) Experience and Education: None beyond the basic requirements.
(b) Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 [NA] are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.
(a) 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 commun ication and technical skills required for basic and intermediate treatments; or
(b) 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
(c) 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.
(d) Assignment. 1. Individuals assigned as GS-4 [NAs] are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised. [NAs] 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.
2.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 NA (Full Performance Level):
(a) 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
(b) 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
(c) Demonstrated KSA's:
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.
(d) 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.
Duties require extensive period of standing, sitting and walking. Working with patients requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching and similar activities. The employee provides physical restraints for confused or combative patients as necessary. The incumbent must be physically able to lift to meet the physical standards of the position as evaluated by Employee Health. The incumbent is able to rotate to all tour of duty, weekends and holidays and may be reassigned to other nursing sections to meet our veterans patients needs. In an emergency, to meet patient care needs, the incumbent may be required to work overtime.
References: VA Handbook 5005/81 Part II, Appendix G46. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-05.
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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