11 days old
2018-08-092018-09-16

Nursing Assistant

Ann Arbor, MI
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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

Since 1953, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) has provided state-of-the-art healthcare services to the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your healthcare needs in any way we can. The main hospital campus located in Ann Arbor serves as a referral center for specialty care and operates 105 acute care beds and 40 Community Living Center (extended care) beds.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

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.
Duties
The Nursing Assistant positions are available in PATIENT CARE AREAS, Patient Care Service.

The Nursing Assistant provides direct patient/resident care under the direction of a Registered Nurse.

A Nursing Assistant provides technical nursing care to adult and geriatric patients according to a plan of care to adult and geriatric patients according to a plan of care established by a Registered Nurse. The Nursing Assistant reports to the Registered Nurse who is responsible for the assigned patient's care. The GS-5 Nursing Assistant will be proficient in performing the following duties according to approved nursing procedure:

a. Provides for the personal care of patients including: Feeding; Oral hygiene; Shaving; Skin care; Bathing; Showers; Tub Baths; Use of bedpan or urinal; Application of external catheters/drainage bags; Bed making; Distributing nourishments; Care for patients in isolation.
b. Performs, reports, and records the following activities: Vital signs; Neurological vital signs; Pulses-apical, carotid, pedal; Height/Weight; Visual chemstrip and glucometer measurements; Intake and output measurements; Cleansing and retention enemas; Suppository placement (non-medicated); Urethral catherization; Care of established colostomies and ileostomies and application of bag; Tube feedings; Sterile & non-sterile specimen collection; Range of joint motion; Elastic bandage & hose application; Hot & cold non-sterile compresses; Sterile dressing & irrigations; Initiation of deep breathing & coughing exercises; Oral & nasal suctioning; Tracheostomy tube suctioning; Oxygen therapy; Observation or IV flow rate Care of the body after death.
c. Provides for supportive care of patients: Admissions, discharges & transfers; Orienting patient to environment; Ambulation; Transfers from bed to chair/stretcher/wheelchair; Turning & positioning; Bed rails & bedboard application; Restraint & protective device application; Mechanical lifters utilization; Transporting, escorting & errands.
d. Observes and reports more subtle changes/ abnormalities in patient condition.
e. Assists with RN with modification of treatment plans to accommodate cultural preferences, religious preferences, and changes that occur with aging.
f. Assists the RN in formulating nursing objectives for individual patient care.
g. Participates in the implementation of the care plan developed by the RN.
h. Supports the health care team (e.g. RN, MD, OT) in diagnostic and therapeutic activities.
i. Initiates appropriate rehabilitative measures (e.g. dangling, ambulating).
j. Reinforces relevant patient education activities.
k. Recognizes and initiates appropriate actions in urgent/emergent situation, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS) when appropriate.
l. Utilizes appropriate emergency evacuation techniques.

Work Schedule: Sunday - Saturday; Full-time and Part-time positions available, Various Shifts Available: Days, Evenings and Nights (Rotating Weekends)

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
graph of estimated pay ranges
$36,543
$47,508
Job Details
Application Open Date
1/13/2018

Application Close Date
12/31/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
15514-United States Citizens

Status



  • 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.

      Patient Centered Care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient-centered care also considers the Veterans' personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles; it keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family members become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.

  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section
    • Basic Requirements:
      • U.S. 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 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 a GS-3.
      • English Language Proficiency: NAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A., Paragraph 3j.
      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.

      3. GRADE REQUIREMENTS
      a. Creditable Experience
      (1) Knowledge of Current Practice. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the current practice.
      (2) Quality of Experience. To be creditable, nursing assistant experience must be documented on the application or resume and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.
      (3) Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a nursing assistant is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a nursing assistant employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

      Grade Determinations:
      GS-5 [NA] (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; 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.

      Preferred Experience: One year experience on an inpatient unit. CNA certification preferred.

      References: VA Handbook 5005/81 Part II Appendix G46

      The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 5.
  • 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 12/31/2018 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: DE-18-LC-10117178-BU

      The Nursing Assistant positions are available in PATIENT CARE AREAS, Patient Care Service.

      The Nursing Assistant provides direct patient/resident care under the direction of a Registered Nurse.

      A Nursing Assistant provides technical nursing care to adult and geriatric patients according to a plan of care to adult and geriatric patients according to a plan of care established by a Registered Nurse. The Nursing Assistant reports to the Registered Nurse who is responsible for the assigned patient's care. The GS-5 Nursing Assistant will be proficient in performing the following duties according to approved nursing procedure:

      a. Provides for the personal care of patients including: Feeding; Oral hygiene; Shaving; Skin care; Bathing; Showers; Tub Baths; Use of bedpan or urinal; Application of external catheters/drainage bags; Bed making; Distributing nourishments; Care for patients in isolation.
      b. Performs, reports, and records the following activities: Vital signs; Neurological vital signs; Pulses-apical, carotid, pedal; Height/Weight; Visual chemstrip and glucometer measurements; Intake and output measurements; Cleansing and retention enemas; Suppository placement (non-medicated); Urethral catherization; Care of established colostomies and ileostomies and application of bag; Tube feedings; Sterile & non-sterile specimen collection; Range of joint motion; Elastic bandage & hose application; Hot & cold non-sterile compresses; Sterile dressing & irrigations; Initiation of deep breathing & coughing exercises; Oral & nasal suctioning; Tracheostomy tube suctioning; Oxygen therapy; Observation or IV flow rate Care of the body after death.
      c. Provides for supportive care of patients: Admissions, discharges & transfers; Orienting patient to environment; Ambulation; Transfers from bed to chair/stretcher/wheelchair; Turning & positioning; Bed rails & bedboard application; Restraint & protective device application; Mechanical lifters utilization; Transporting, escorting & errands.
      d. Observes and reports more subtle changes/ abnormalities in patient condition.
      e. Assists with RN with modification of treatment plans to accommodate cultural preferences, religious preferences, and changes that occur with aging.
      f. Assists the RN in formulating nursing objectives for individual patient care.
      g. Participates in the implementation of the care plan developed by the RN.
      h. Supports the health care team (e.g. RN, MD, OT) in diagnostic and therapeutic activities.
      i. Initiates appropriate rehabilitative measures (e.g. dangling, ambulating).
      j. Reinforces relevant patient education activities.
      k. Recognizes and initiates appropriate actions in urgent/emergent situation, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS) when appropriate.
      l. Utilizes appropriate emergency evacuation techniques.

      Work Schedule: Sunday - Saturday; Full-time and Part-time positions available, Various Shifts Available: Days, Evenings and Nights (Rotating Weekends)

      Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Categories

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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