The Nursing Assistant positions are located at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and surrounding areas of Houston, TX. If you are a current permanent VA employees and Federal employees from other federal agency should apply under CBST-11472595-22-TH This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2022 or until all positions are filled. 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. 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. Transcript or proof of Nursing Assistant training must be submitted. English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA policy. Resume must include hours per week for work experience credit. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Your resume must demonstrate that you possess the specialized experience necessary to possess the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required for the grade. Be explicit in describing the job duties that demonstrate you possess the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed. Transcript must be submitted GS-5 Nursing Assistant (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; Transcript must be submitted. AND (c) 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 Standards, Appendix G46 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 50 pounds and over; moderate carrying, 50 pounds and over; Straight pulling (1-2 hours), pushing (1-2 hours), walking (2-4 hours), standing (2-6 hours), reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, good dexterity (both hands required); prolonged walking / sitting, prolonged standing; repeated bending; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near & far vision correctable to 20/20; ability to distinguish basic colors; depth perception, hearing (aid permitted) ["Nursing Assistant function as a member of various Care Lines. The employee will support the Tele-Sitter program as well as be is responsible for the more complex personal patient care duties, supporting diagnostic procedures, technical nursing treatments, patient charting, and patient instruction which involves direct work relationships with patients and participation as a member of the nursing care team in direct services to patients. Primary duties include, but are not limited to: Performs simple and complex procedures: Simple dressing changes, Complex dressing changes, Colostomy wound skin care & application of appliances Correct insertion of straight urinary catheters and irrigation procedures and correctly administers suppositories as a part of an established bowel training program under the supervision of an RN/LVN (SCI,TCC,IMC) Utilizes Standard Precautions in caring for all patients. Assist patients with accomplishing activities of daily living and rehabilitation measures, i.e., therapeutic positioning and turning, use of assistive devices (canes, walkers, wheelchairs) or as prescribed for, patient's safe physical functioning, assisting patients with ambulation/transfer activities Performs basic procedures for accomplishing the patient requirements for nutrition and hydration, i.e., feeding patients, record and document intake and output, inform RN/LVN regarding dietary and po intake for patients and document, on electronic ADL flow sheet Performs basic procedures, which include but not limited to accomplishing the patient requirements for elimination needs, i.e., assisting the patient with bedpan, urinal, bedside commode and other toileting activities, providing water to patients, reports and records elimination patterns Properly uses equipment, materials and supplies in simple diagnostic and treatment procedures such as bladder scan, continuous passive motion device, blood glucose monitoring machine, specimen collection, and correctly applies EKG (12 leads) and obtains EKG strip in critical care areas, etc. 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. Communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals. Participates 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. Preferred Experience: 2-3 years current CNA experience on a Nursing Unit & Certified Nursing Assistant Work Schedule: 7:30a-4p, 3:30p-Midnight & 11:30p-8a with rotational shifts, weekends & Holidays-will be discussed during the interview.\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Available\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: Nursing Assistant/PD000000 and PD00057F\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.