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Nursing Assistant

Department of Veterans Affairs

This is a Contract position in East Orange, NJ posted September 10, 2020.

* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryVacancies are located throughout all VISN 2 campuses of the Veterans Health Administration. This is an open and continuous announcement due to frequently occurring vacancies. The initial cut-off date is 12/31/2020. All applications received by 12/31/2020 will be reviewed and eligible candidates will be referred. Applicants will be reviewed and referred as long as there are vacancies.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilitiesThe salary range for this position is based on the entire salary range (lowest to highest) for VISN 2 including special salary rates. The actual salary will be determined by the location of the position and a review by the Nursing Professional Standards Board (NPSB), if applicable.A list of all pay schedules within VISN 2 can be found on OCHCO’s website: https://www.va.gov/ohrm/pay/.The nursing assistants perform care as delegated by a Registered Nurse. They assist medical personnel in the care and treatment of patients, including direct patient care. They assist Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and providers by performing duties such as vital signs, height, weight, etc. and document the specific information in the resident’s computerized record. The nursing assistants will also listen/respond and assist with patient concerns and complete walking rounds. They perform a wide variety of duties aimed at increasing the comfort and mental health of the patient. They perform patient care and take measures to address the patient’s bio-psychosocial needs, personal hygiene, physical comfort, nutrition, hydration, and safety. They will encourage patients with self-care and promote independence, while reporting to the Registered Nurse. They also perform other related duties as assigned.The specific duties of the position will be based on the unit/assignment for which the applicant is selected.Work Schedule: Various tours available. Final work schedule/hours will be determined by the hiring facility.Financial 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 processQualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, December 31, 2020.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.* 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 which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.* Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.Grade Determinations:GS-3 Nursing Assistant:Nothing beyond the indicated basic requirements above.GS-4 Nursing Assistant:Experience: One year of specialized experience as a CNA 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;ANDDemonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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 referdeviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner.3. Ability to properly use equipment, materials and supplies in simple diagnostic andtreatment procedures such as bladder scan, continuous passive motion device, blood glucosemonitoring machine, specimen collection, etc.4. Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and otherhealth professionals.GS-5 Nursing Assistant: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 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;ANDDemonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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, etcReferences: Nursing Assistant, VA HANDBOOK 5005/71, PART II, APPENDIX G46. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5.Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and moving of objects may be required.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.