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2018-07-132018-08-12

Nursing Assistant - (Med-Surg, ICU, CLC and Mental Health)

New Orleans, LA
Summary

Residents of Greater New Orleans enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the United States. While we are known to enjoy many of the best restaurants in the world, more than 300 festivals, vibrant nightlife, not to mention Mardi Gras, that's just the beginning of what we have to offer. We treasure family and community, our children have access to high-quality education, we enjoy an incredible abundance of the arts, and so much more!

The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, provides quality, patient-centered health care to Veterans throughout 23 parishes in southeast Louisiana. We meet the needs of Veterans through seven community-based outpatient clinics located in Slidell, Hammond, St. John Parish, Houma, Franklin, Bogalusa and Baton Rouge, as well as a new Veterans Medical Center in New Orleans.

Our new Veterans Medical Center is a 200-bed level 1b medical center including an acute mental health unit, inpatient medicine, surgery, and intensive care units, and a community living center. We serve as a tertiary care regional referral center for Veterans across the Gulf coast from the Florida panhandle to the Louisiana/Texas state line for specialized acute care services. SLVHCS has a specialized imaging center including PET/CT, 3 CT scanners, and 2 MRI as well as 8 operating rooms and six procedure rooms. The medical center is designed to meet the full array of VA missions: health care to America's heroes, education, research, and national preparedness and assistance and serves as a cornerstone for the emerging biosciences industry in New Orleans.

SLVHCS serves as an educational medical center. As a medical center surrounded by education institutions, we have academic affiliations with Louisiana State University and Tulane University Medical School's. We also have relationships with University of New Orleans, Dillard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Tulane University Graduate Program in Health Administration and Loyola University to recruit and grow our staff of allied health and administrative professionals. These relationships help us to provide excellent primary, specialty and mental health services to our Veterans.

For more information, like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VANewOrleans and follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VANewOrleans.

Duties
  • Performs vital signs, intake and output, EKG's, Point-of Care (POC) testing, phlebotomy and collection and delivery of specimens according to protocol, as appropriate.
  • Assists patients in and out of vehicles, wheelchairs, stretchers, etc., in a safe and efficient manner; and will transport unmonitored patients to procedures and/or to inpatient and/or outpatient sites of care.
  • Provide 1:1 observation or constant observation while monitoring status designated patients awaiting transport to to another level of care.
  • Provides personal care such as bathing, shaving, mouth care, nail care and shampoo.
  • Ambulates patients with or without assistive devices.
  • Cares for patients on special frames/beds or with prosthetic devices.
  • Feeds patients and administers tube feedings.
  • Provides for bowel/bladder elimination needs.
  • Administers enemas and inserts rectal suppositories for bowel elimination.
  • Applies extemal catheters and inserts urinary catheters.
  • Maintains skin integrity by following guidelines for skin care, including tuming, positioning, use of skin protectives, and pressure ulcer care.
  • Performs dressing changes, including the application of sterile complex dressings.
  • Monitors and discontinues peripheral fluid infusions.
  • Applies safety devices and locked/unlocked restraints.
  • Assists with patient teaching
  • Employee will document care that is given according to established medical center policies and procedures.
  • Adheres to safety procedures, infection control and universal precautions at all times, and appropriate disposition of specimen/waste products.
  • Maintains privacy and confidentiality when providing patient care.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: M-F/weekends and/or as patient care dictates. 7:30am-4:00pm/ 3:00pm-11:30pm/ 11:00pm-7:30am
Security Clearance: Public Trust - Background Investigation
Supervisory Status: No
This is a Bargaining unit position.
Relocation/Recruitment: Incentives are not authorized.
Position is open until filled: Cut-off for certificate issuance will be every 15 business days.

Optional Salary Description: Applicant's education and length of nursing experience will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

Functional Statement Title: Nursing Assistant
(Functional statement is available for review in the Human Resource office)
graph of estimated pay ranges
$33,394
$43,414
Job Details
Application Open Date
3/9/2018

Application Close Date
12/28/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
None

Status
None


  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section
    • Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. 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.

      Influenza Prevention Program Statement: 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.

      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
    • 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.
      • Completed one year above high school with courses related to the occupation or do you possess an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assist.
      • Proficient in both spoken and written English.
      Preferred Experience: Med-Surg/ICU - Certification and phlebotomy experience preferred, but is not required.
      Mental Health - Knowledge of preventative management of disruptive behavior

      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.
  • 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 12/28/2018 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: CBDX-629-18-10152855-RH-BU

      • Performs vital signs, intake and output, EKG's, Point-of Care (POC) testing, phlebotomy and collection and delivery of specimens according to protocol, as appropriate.
      • Assists patients in and out of vehicles, wheelchairs, stretchers, etc., in a safe and efficient manner; and will transport unmonitored patients to procedures and/or to inpatient and/or outpatient sites of care.
      • Provide 1:1 observation or constant observation while monitoring status designated patients awaiting transport to to another level of care.
      • Provides personal care such as bathing, shaving, mouth care, nail care and shampoo.
      • Ambulates patients with or without assistive devices.
      • Cares for patients on special frames/beds or with prosthetic devices.
      • Feeds patients and administers tube feedings.
      • Provides for bowel/bladder elimination needs.
      • Administers enemas and inserts rectal suppositories for bowel elimination.
      • Applies extemal catheters and inserts urinary catheters.
      • Maintains skin integrity by following guidelines for skin care, including tuming, positioning, use of skin protectives, and pressure ulcer care.
      • Performs dressing changes, including the application of sterile complex dressings.
      • Monitors and discontinues peripheral fluid infusions.
      • Applies safety devices and locked/unlocked restraints.
      • Assists with patient teaching
      • Employee will document care that is given according to established medical center policies and procedures.
      • Adheres to safety procedures, infection control and universal precautions at all times, and appropriate disposition of specimen/waste products.
      • Maintains privacy and confidentiality when providing patient care.
      • Performs other duties as assigned.

      Work Schedule: M-F/weekends and/or as patient care dictates. 7:30am-4:00pm/ 3:00pm-11:30pm/ 11:00pm-7:30am
      Security Clearance: Public Trust - Background Investigation
      Supervisory Status: No
      This is a Bargaining unit position.
      Relocation/Recruitment: Incentives are not authorized.
      Position is open until filled: Cut-off for certificate issuance will be every 15 business days.

      Optional Salary Description: Applicant's education and length of nursing experience will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

      Functional Statement Title: Nursing Assistant
      (Functional statement is available for review in the Human Resource office)

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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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