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

Nursing Assistant

Iowa City, IA
Summary
Duties

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/Evening rotating shifts, some weekends and holidays will be required.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
graph of estimated pay ranges
$26,587
$43,414
Job Details
Application Open Date
8/8/2018

Application Close Date
8/21/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
15511-Agency Employees Only

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.

      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.

  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section
    • 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: Previous experience working in an in-patient hospital as a Nursing Assistant is preferred. Completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant course is also preferred, however 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 intermedite treatments.

      -Or-
      B. Education. Successful completion of 2 years above high school in an accreditied 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 knoweldge, 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.;

      -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 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.
  • 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 08/21/2018 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: 1
      Job Position: CBCY-10277584-18-AV-448

      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/Evening rotating shifts, some weekends and holidays will be required.
      Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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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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