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Nursing Assistant

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Leeds
Posted on: November 17, 2021

Job Description:

Qualifications

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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

English Language Proficiency . NAs must be proficient in spoken and written English

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).

Grade Determinations :

GS-3

Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-4

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

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, the candidate must

demonstrate the following KSAs:

Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse

care plan and recovery of patients/residents.

Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and refer deviations

and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner.

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.

Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health

professionals.

GS-5

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

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 [NAs] 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.

IMPORTANT: For all grades you must submit verification of Education or Training that demonstrates: One year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation or 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. Failure to submit the appropriate supporting documentation with application may result in loss of consideration under this announcement.

Preferred Experience:

Current CNA certification

Geriatric Experience

1 or more years inpatient nursing assistant experience

2-3 years recent experience appropriate to the area applied for (i.e. Long Term Care, Nursing Home)

References: VA Handbook 5005/81 Part II Appendix G46

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: Work involves varying periods of sitting, standing and walking. Working with Veterans/residents requires bending, stooping, teaching, lifting, balancing, kneeling, pushing, i.e., wheelchairs, geri-chairs, litters and similar activities. Also, it may be necessary to perform such activities as CPR and psychiatric intervention at a unit-specific level.

Education

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 .

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Springfield , Nursing Assistant, Healthcare , Leeds, Massachusetts

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