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Nursing Assistant-Post Anesthesia Care Unit

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Dallas , TX 75201

Posted 3 months ago

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Applications are been received for the area of Post Anesthesia Care Unit. The primary purpose of this position is as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients/residents receiving preventive, acute, sub-acute chronic, maintenance, and hospice care. The distinguishing factor is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary.

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The incumbent must carry out a variety of direct patient care duties pre-operatively, and post operatively. Observes surgery scheduling board and independently maintains awareness of patient transfer times and disposition to various areas. Transport patients to and from various units / wards and demonstrates initiative in the day to day operations enhancing the safe continuous flow of patients through the PACU suites. Must work effectively with teams to assemble appropriate positioning devices, position patients and handle specialized equipment. Maintain supplies and equipment. Assist the nurse to prepare the recovery room for complex surgical patients. Have knowledge and skills of aseptic technique.

Work Schedule: Various Shifts with on-call and Saturday rotation

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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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


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.

  • 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

  • Direct patient care experience, Preoperative experience, Nursing Assistant at least 2 years.

Grade Determinations:

GS-3: None beyond the basic requirements. Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.

GS-4: Specialized 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; 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; 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.

GS-5 NA (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 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 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, Part II, Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard (GS-621).

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..

Physical Requirements:
This position requires potentially extended periods of. continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring/lifting patients and objects may be required. When transferring, positioning, or lifting patients, adherence to Safe Patient Handling Standards is required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. The NA must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment.


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: 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:

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Nursing Assistant-Post Anesthesia Care Unit

Expired Job

Department Of Veterans Affairs