Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant in Iowa City, Iowa
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Iowa City VA Health Care System
- ##### Open & closing dates
07/10/2019 to 07/24/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 3 - 5
- ##### Salary
$27,030 to $44,130 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
Iowa City, IA
Relocation expenses reimbursed
The Iowa City VA Healthcare System is currently recruiting for one (1) full time Nursing Assistant for our 7 West Inpatient Medical Unit.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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The Nursing Assistant will perform, and will receive training in performing certain patient care duties.
A sample of responsibilities are as follows:
- Gives and assists with all types of cleansing baths and shampoos.
- Gives skin care to prevent complications and promote healing.
- Gives and assists with oral care and hygiene including denture care.
- Makes all types of beds.
- Assists with the use of bedpans and urinals. Applies external catheters and maintains patency or drainage. Assists with bowel and bladder training. Assists in providing ostomy care for established and uncomplicated ostomies.
- Assists patients in feeding themselves, or feeds those who cannot. Measures and records all intake and output (Excluding IV and tube feeding totals).
- Maintains correct body positions. Turns patients as required using all types of supporting and comfort devices. Assists or provides patient transfers, activities, e.g. ambulation, litter, and or wheelchair to bed. Escorts patients to tests as needed.
- Assists with assembling equipment for sterile procedures, administration of oxygen and vacuum/suction set-up.
- Assists ward staff with direct patient care activities as assigned.
Work Schedule: Day/Night rotating shifts, some weekends and holidays will be required. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
- #### Job family (Series)
0621 Nursing Assistant
- Assistants, Medical
- Assistants, Nursing
- Assistants, Psychiatric Technician
- Medical Assistants
- Nursing Assistants
- Psychiatric Technician Assistants
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 Nursing Assistant 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. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience: Completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course is also preferred, but not required.
Grade Determinations: GS-3 (Entry Level): A. Experience and Education: None beyond the basic requirements provided above.
GS-4: A. Experience: One year of specialized experience as a Nursing Assistant 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- demonstration of knowledge, skills and abilities related to: 1) ability to provide a range of patient care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients, 2) ability to observe patients physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to a 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, specimen collection, etc., and 4) ability to communicate effectively with patients, their families and other health professionals.
GS-5 (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 specific assignment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional knowledge, skills and abilities: 1) ability to assist in the full range of nursing care to patients with physical and/or behavioral problems in a hospital setting under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Practical Nurse, 2) ability to communicate orally with patients, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. This includes serving as a preceptor to new Nursing Assistants by assisting with the coordination of their orientation and overseeing and assessing their practical experience while in a clinical setting, and 3) ability to recognize and react to emergent patient situations and intervene while waiting for assistance. For example recognizing need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc.;
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 possession of a bachelor's degree; -And- demonstration of knowledge, skills and abilities related to: 1) ability to assist in the full range of nursing care to patients with physical and/or behavioral problems in a hospital setting under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Practical Nurse, 2) ability to communication orally with patients, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. This includes serving as a preceptor to new Nursing Assistants by assisting with the coordination of their orientation and overseeing and assessing their practical experience while in a clinical setting, and 3) ability to recognize and react to emergent patient 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 Section 5005/81 Part II, Appendix G46, Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard.
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: Good physical and mental ability is required. Position involves considerable strenuous physical exertion on a regular recurring basis. The work involves long periods of moving about the work unit and requires regular and recurring walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing and lifting up to 35 lbs. Transferring patients and object may be required. Ability to work around moving objects and equipment. Normal hearing and visual acuity is required in addition to clear distinctive speech and manual dexterity. Must be able to wear a mask and protective clothing while working. Must be mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations and possess the ability to shift priorities based on patient needs.
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.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Other (1)
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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- How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 07/24/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10544466.
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NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
Agency contact information
Iowa City VA Health Care System 601 Highway 6 West Iowa City, IA 52246 US
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