24 days old
2018-01-252018-03-08

Nursing Assistant

Los Angeles, CA

Summary

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

"Veterans' preference does not apply for current permanent Federal agency employees as long as they are listed as part of the area of consideration."

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.

If you fail to submit the required documents, you will be considered ineligible for consideration.




Duties

These positions are located within Nursing Service at the Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care System. There are openings in the Emergency Department, Float Pool, Medical and Surgical and Geriatrics (Community Living Center) Units. As a Nursing Assistant, you will function as a member of the Nursing Care Team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of Veteran patients who are in an acute, sub-acute or chronic state of illness. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Monitor vital signs and perform EKG, upper airway suctioning and routine diagnostic tests to patients,
Assist physician and nurse in the care and treatment of the ill receiving medical, surgical, psychiatric or outpatient treatment.
Assist physician and nurse in the performance of diagnostic examinations by setting up of various types of complex medical equipment, e.g. respirators, surgical wound suction equipment, and traction, etc.
Assist physician in a variety of diagnostic examination such as lumbar puncture, minor surgical procedures, pap smears, bone marrows, and insertion of chest tubes.
Report the observations of the changes in patient behavior, bodily complaints and the condition of acute or chronic phase patients such as excessive vomiting, bleeding, type and amount of drainage, skin integrity and patency of airway.
Recognize emergency situations and intervene while awaiting assistance.
Enter specific information onto the patients' records or charts.
Identify and report data relative to more complex patient situation including subtle changes in patients' behavior or condition.
Teach patient and family member the necessity to continue the procedures for proper health care and after-care instructions. Performs patient care duties, ranging from routine to moderately specialized within patient care units;
Answers patient call signals, signal lights, bells or intercom systems to determine patients' needs;
Collects specimens, such as urine, feces, or sputum;
Communicates with patients to ascertain feelings or need for assistance or social and emotional support;
Documents or reports observations of patient behavior, complaints or physical symptoms to nurses;
Gathers information from caregivers, nurses or physicians about patient condition, treatment plans, or appropriate activities;
Measures and records food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output and reports changes to medical or nursing staff;
Observes or examines patients to detect symptoms that may require medical attention, such as bruises, open wounds or blood in urine;
Provides physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities;
Records patient's weight, vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pule or respiration rate, as directed by medical or nursing staff;
Exercises patients who are comatose, paralyzed or have restricted mobility, turn or reposition bedridden patients;
Explains medical instructions to patient and/or family members;
Follows safe patient handling guidelines when lifting or moving patient on or off beds, examination tables, surgical tables or stretchers;
Transports specimens, laboratory items, or pharmacy items, ensures proper documentation and delivery to authorized personnel; and
Participates with nurses in developing and implementing a plan of care.


WORK SCHEDULE: Full-Time, 8 or 12 Hours Shifts depending on the needs of the unit. The employees in these positions will rotate between day, evening, and night shifts as needed to ensure staffing coverage as well as rotating weekends and holidays as assigned. Employees are entitled to receive night differential, weekend premium and holiday pay.
FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT TITLE: Nursing Assistant








graph of estimated pay ranges
$30,090

$49,133





Job Details



Application Open Date

1/24/2018



Application Close Date

2/13/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

Internal Employee, Agency Employee, Current Federal Employee



Status

Full-Time




























  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section

    • 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.

      United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      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 or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.





  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section

    • Preferred Experience: At least one year of direct patient care experience in a hospital or nursing home setting.
      CPR Experience and current BLS card.

      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. Nursing Assistants 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: None beyond the basic requirements.

      GS-4: One year of specialized experience as a nursing assistant or experience in another medical field (LPN, 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:

      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 of 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: 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; AND

      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 Vocation 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 nursing assistants by assisting with 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.

      The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-05.
      References: Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard GS-621 Veterans Health Administration, VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G46.

      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.

      Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.




  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section





  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section

    • 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 02/13/2018 to receive consideration.

      1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
      2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

      NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

      To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete




  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section

    • Series: 0621-Nursing Assistant


      Job Pay Type: Per Year


      Job Openings:


      Job Position: CBFF-10120064-18-EER




      These positions are located within Nursing Service at the Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care System. There are openings in the Emergency Department, Float Pool, Medical and Surgical and Geriatrics (Community Living Center) Units. As a Nursing Assistant, you will function as a member of the Nursing Care Team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of Veteran patients who are in an acute, sub-acute or chronic state of illness. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
      Monitor vital signs and perform EKG, upper airway suctioning and routine diagnostic tests to patients,
      Assist physician and nurse in the care and treatment of the ill receiving medical, surgical, psychiatric or outpatient treatment.
      Assist physician and nurse in the performance of diagnostic examinations by setting up of various types of complex medical equipment, e.g. respirators, surgical wound suction equipment, and traction, etc.
      Assist physician in a variety of diagnostic examination such as lumbar puncture, minor surgical procedures, pap smears, bone marrows, and insertion of chest tubes.
      Report the observations of the changes in patient behavior, bodily complaints and the condition of acute or chronic phase patients such as excessive vomiting, bleeding, type and amount of drainage, skin integrity and patency of airway.
      Recognize emergency situations and intervene while awaiting assistance.
      Enter specific information onto the patients' records or charts.
      Identify and report data relative to more complex patient situation including subtle changes in patients' behavior or condition.
      Teach patient and family member the necessity to continue the procedures for proper health care and after-care instructions. Performs patient care duties, ranging from routine to moderately specialized within patient care units;
      Answers patient call signals, signal lights, bells or intercom systems to determine patients' needs;
      Collects specimens, such as urine, feces, or sputum;
      Communicates with patients to ascertain feelings or need for assistance or social and emotional support;
      Documents or reports observations of patient behavior, complaints or physical symptoms to nurses;
      Gathers information from caregivers, nurses or physicians about patient condition, treatment plans, or appropriate activities;
      Measures and records food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output and reports changes to medical or nursing staff;
      Observes or examines patients to detect symptoms that may require medical attention, such as bruises, open wounds or blood in urine;
      Provides physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities;
      Records patient's weight, vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pule or respiration rate, as directed by medical or nursing staff;
      Exercises patients who are comatose, paralyzed or have restricted mobility, turn or reposition bedridden patients;
      Explains medical instructions to patient and/or family members;
      Follows safe patient handling guidelines when lifting or moving patient on or off beds, examination tables, surgical tables or stretchers;
      Transports specimens, laboratory items, or pharmacy items, ensures proper documentation and delivery to authorized personnel; and
      Participates with nurses in developing and implementing a plan of care.


      WORK SCHEDULE: Full-Time, 8 or 12 Hours Shifts depending on the needs of the unit. The employees in these positions will rotate between day, evening, and night shifts as needed to ensure staffing coverage as well as rotating weekends and holidays as assigned. Employees are entitled to receive night differential, weekend premium and holiday pay.
      FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT TITLE: Nursing Assistant







Categories

  • Healthcare
  • Managed Care
  • Nursing - LPN and LVN
  • Psychiatry
  • Therapy - Others
  • Wound Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Nursing support
  • Operating Room
  • Pharmaceutical

Best Care / Best Careers

To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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