7 days old
2018-07-102018-08-16

Nursing Assistant

Kansas City, MO
Summary

The Kansas City VA is embarking on a journey of moving beyond performance measure and becoming the Healthcare System Veterans Trust and Choose.

Our patients depend on us and we depend on professionals like you.

If you are interested in being a part of a LEAN organization and putting other's needs before your own this may be the organization for you.

Yours might be the first face they see when they come through our doors. Yours might be the voice they hear right after a surprise diagnosis. Yours might be the eyes they look into as they are pushed in a wheelchair to a frightening procedure. Your attitude reflects us and everything we are proud of in this organization. By applying for this position, you have chosen to help serve our patients and we appreciate you.

With the initiation of cultural change, along with knowledge and tools for change, the Kansas City VA will continue to move towards a practice of continuous improvement. In the endeavor, we recognize that this change will not occur suddenly, that dedicated individuals like your self will be required, that leadership involvement is necessary, and employee engagement paramount.

As a 157-bed medical, surgical, and psychiatric facility, the Kansas City VA provides comprehensive health care through primary care and tertiary care in subspecialty medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation. It is also a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri Kansas City. Take a closer look at Kansas City at www.thinkkc.com.

Work Schedule: Various Tours set by Supervisor
Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant, GS 03, 04, 05
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

The Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (KCVA) currently has openings for Nursing Assistants in various departments throughout the facility, including the Emergency Department, the Critical Care units, 8 East, 8 West, 5 West, Radiology, and the Nurse Float Pool (Associate Director Patient Care Services-ADPCS).

This announcement is open and continuous until all NA positions are filled within the indicated service lines. Applicants will be reviewed for eligibility and qualifications twice a month, on the 1st and the 15th.

Duties

The incumbent serves as a Nursing Assistant in one of nine service areas:

Emergency Department (ED) is a 12-bed, Level III ED providing urgent and /or emergent assessment, care and education. The ED provides continuous cardiac, O2 and blood pressure monitoring, IV infusion of critical care medications, conscious sedation, intubation, transfers of patients to outside facilities, assistance of consult services, i.e., psychiatry, wound, cardiology, pulmonary, renal, ID, etc. The ED is staffed 24 hours-a-day commensurate with the needs of the patient population served.
Critical Care Units (MICU, SICU, PCU, PACU) manage acutely ill patients who may require ventilatory assistance and hemodynamic monitoring and/or continuous monitor of patient's cardiovascular status. Special services particular to Critical Care Units include:
8 East is a 24-bed complex medicine unit with cardiac monitoring availability by telemetry. Special services particular to this unit include care of patients with the following diagnoses: COPD, Complications of Diabetes, Neurological Disorders, Renal Hemodialysis, and Cardiac Disorders/drips.
8 West is a 24-bed complex medicine unit with cardiac monitoring availability by telemetry. Special services particular to this unit include care of patients with the following diagnoses: COPD, Complications of Diabetes, Neurological Disorders, Renal Hemodialysis, Cardiac Disorders, and Cancer - Hospice/Palliative/Chemotherapy administration.
5 West is a 13-bed unit specializing in the delivery of comprehensive medical and surgical care of patients who are under the care of the following surgical sub-specialties: General Surgery, Vascular/Thoracic Surgery, Orthopedics, Urology, ENT, and Neurosurgery. Significant subgroups of patients are under the care of Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology, and Oral Surgery Special services particular to this unit include care of patients with the following diagnoses: Post-operative management, Bladder irrigations, CPM machines, PCAs, and Chest tubes.
Radiology provides services to patients including Interventional Radiology, CT/MRI, Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine.
Nurse Float Pool (ADPCS) provides support to any of the above areas as assigned. Care is provided to a diverse group of patients with medical diagnoses.

graph of estimated pay ranges
$26,755
$43,688
Job Details
Application Open Date
4/17/2018

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

Who May Apply
None

Status
None


  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section
    • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

      Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

      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: 2-3 years Nursing Assistant experience. Applicants with the following certifications from American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN) are highly preferred: Basic Life Support (BLS) and/or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). (AHA certification preferred.) The selected employee will be required to receive these certifications prior to assuming clinical responsibilities and ensure current certifications after employment is maintained.

      Grade Determinations:
      (1) GS-03 NA (Entry Level)
      (a) Experience, Education and Certification. None beyond the basic requirements.

      (2) GS-04 NA
      (a) Experience. One year of specialized experience as a CNA 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.

      (3) 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 CNAs 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 5005/71, Part II, Appendix G46, NURSING ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

      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.

      Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing and reaching over head. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements; such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Incumbent may be exposed, on a short-term basis to fumes, dust and other debris.
      This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital and is an essential function of the position. Some positions require rotation of tours or indefinite work on non-administrative tours as established by the immediate supervisor.
      Other Factors: Lifting 50 pounds; repetitive motions, i.e. typing; perform CPR; ability to read - reading 70% of the time on computers.
  • 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: Many
      Job Position: CBDA-18-GHB-10184356-INS-BU

      The incumbent serves as a Nursing Assistant in one of nine service areas:

      Emergency Department (ED) is a 12-bed, Level III ED providing urgent and /or emergent assessment, care and education. The ED provides continuous cardiac, O2 and blood pressure monitoring, IV infusion of critical care medications, conscious sedation, intubation, transfers of patients to outside facilities, assistance of consult services, i.e., psychiatry, wound, cardiology, pulmonary, renal, ID, etc. The ED is staffed 24 hours-a-day commensurate with the needs of the patient population served.
      Critical Care Units (MICU, SICU, PCU, PACU) manage acutely ill patients who may require ventilatory assistance and hemodynamic monitoring and/or continuous monitor of patient's cardiovascular status. Special services particular to Critical Care Units include:
      8 East is a 24-bed complex medicine unit with cardiac monitoring availability by telemetry. Special services particular to this unit include care of patients with the following diagnoses: COPD, Complications of Diabetes, Neurological Disorders, Renal Hemodialysis, and Cardiac Disorders/drips.
      8 West is a 24-bed complex medicine unit with cardiac monitoring availability by telemetry. Special services particular to this unit include care of patients with the following diagnoses: COPD, Complications of Diabetes, Neurological Disorders, Renal Hemodialysis, Cardiac Disorders, and Cancer - Hospice/Palliative/Chemotherapy administration.
      5 West is a 13-bed unit specializing in the delivery of comprehensive medical and surgical care of patients who are under the care of the following surgical sub-specialties: General Surgery, Vascular/Thoracic Surgery, Orthopedics, Urology, ENT, and Neurosurgery. Significant subgroups of patients are under the care of Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology, and Oral Surgery Special services particular to this unit include care of patients with the following diagnoses: Post-operative management, Bladder irrigations, CPM machines, PCAs, and Chest tubes.
      Radiology provides services to patients including Interventional Radiology, CT/MRI, Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine.
      Nurse Float Pool (ADPCS) provides support to any of the above areas as assigned. Care is provided to a diverse group of patients with medical diagnoses.

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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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