Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant in Des Moines, Iowa
The incumbent serves as a Nursing Assistant (NA) at the Des Moines, North Dakota VA Medical Center. The NA provides support and direct patient care to Veterans with and uses knowledge and skills to complete assigned duties with supervision by the Registered Nurse.
Conditions of Employment
Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.) Education or Training. One year of education above high school with courses related to the NA occupation. Applicants must include a copy of their transcripts. Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Nursing Assistants must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required and in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. May qualify based on being covered 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). Preferred Experience: 150 hour Certified Nursing Assistant certification Grade Determinations: GS-3 (Entry Level)(a) Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements.(b) Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised. GS-4 Credible Experience (a) 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, (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. GS-5 (Full Performance Level) Credible Experience: (a) 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 stated 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 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs must be met): 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 5005/81 PART II APPENDIX G46 ** The full performance level of this vacancy is GS05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-05. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting and carrying, 45 pounds and over; moderate lifting and carrying, 15-44 pounds; pushing for 8 hours, reaching above shoulder, use of both hands and finger as well as both legs required; walking and standing for 8 hours, near vision correctable at 13'' to 16'' to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, color vision, hearing without aid.