Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant in Spokane, Washington
The primary purpose of the Nursing Assistant (NA) position is to float to all areas of the facility and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of Patients/Veterans as a member of the nursing care team by providing holistic care in a manner conducive to comfort and safety at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center (MGV AMC). The role is to protect, sustain, and nurture the patient and provide assistance as needed with activities of daily living such as oral care, hair grooming, bathing, assisting with meals as needed, and with other needs as required in accordance with established policies and procedures to assure the highest degree of care. Float NA assignments typically involve complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. The Float NA will be able to plan, organize, and complete patient care assignments in a timely manner, with minimal assistance, but seek assistance from the charge nurse as needed. The work, under the close supervision of a nurse, contributes to a base of standard nursing care upon which further nursing care may be planned and/or provided by nurses. The incumbent refers issues/questions to supervisors, or other healthcare professionals. A secondary purposeis to assist with the administrative functions of the unit, communicate with internal and external customers, and assist patients/residents with a variety of concerns under close supervision. Timely and accurate performance of these duties relieves the clinical staff from routine administrative tasks and contributes to the effective functioning of the unit and the overall quality of patient/resident care.
Work Schedule: 12 hour variable tour Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Assist in the full range of nursing care for Veterans with behavioral and/or physical problems in the rehabilitation/long term care/hospice setting (CLC), 4 North Medical/Surgical, 3 South Acute Psychiatric Unit, ACU/ICU, Urgent Care Center, and Specialty Clinics, under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Practical Nurse. Provide daily living activities such as assisting residents with daily oral care ( dentures, tooth brush), hair grooming, bathing, nail and related hygiene care. Set up, serve and monitor veteran meals, lift, turn, and transfer residents with appropriate technique and lifting assistance devices. Prepare and transport patients as needed for tests, procedures or discharge.
Notify nursing of any physical or behavior changes. Document these changes using proper documentation forums. Use computer, computer programs, phone, xerox and fax machines. Conduct other duties as required to provide patient with quality care outcomes.
Assist with a complete range of treatment and procedures that include but is not limited to the following: environmental safety checks, management of hazardous items, patient belonging inventory, administering hot and cold packs; accucheks; inserting Foley catheters; caring for patients in isolation; BVI; colostomy care; application of EKG leads and providing 1 : 1 monitoring of patients with altered mental status, suicidal/homicidal ideation, or identified as high risk and in need of constant supervision.
Perform a range of diagnostic support duties which includes taking, recording, and reporting deviations in vital signs, taking EKGs and loading proper patient information into this device, taking specimens, labeling specimens for the laboratory, and assisting the provider in a variety of diagnostic exams. Consistently makes gross accurate observations of the patient's condition and reports and documents findings. Identify and report the patient's physical and emotional reactions to medical treatment and nursing care. Verbally provide patient information to the licensed staff for inclusion in the nursing care plan. Enter information about the patient's condition in the patient's written and/or electronic records following (PCS) policies.
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0621 Nursing Assistant
- Assistants, Medical
- Assistants, Nursing
- Assistants, Psychiatric Technician
- Medical Assistants
- Nursing Assistants
Psychiatric Technician Assistants
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
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 or 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. * Physical Requirements. See below. * English Language Proficiency. 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 Nursing Assistant (Entry Level) Experience, Education, and Certification. None beyond the basic requirements. Assignment. Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.
GS-4 Nursing Assistant Experience. One year of specialized experience as a NA 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, 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 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.
GS-5 Nursing Assistant (Full Performance Level) 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, 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 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. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS5.
Physical Requirements:Work requires the Nursing Assistant to spend most of the tour (up to 12 hours per day) on his/her feet with intermittent walking, bending, pushing, pulling and intermittently lifting up to 45 pounds. The employee is required to safely use mechanical devices and proper body mechanics for lifting. The use of a mechanical device is required for all heavy lifting ( e.g. patient lifting). The employee accepts assignments on an approved tour of duty in the assigned area where service is required. Work requires intermittent positioning and transferring patients in the delivery of patient care, utilizing proper body mechanics at all times. Work requires the ability to use a keyboard to access, input and retrieve information using a computer with keyboard. Work requires finger and hand dexterity adequate to handle and manipulate equipment, stocking of supplies, submitting reports and filing forms. The employee works with different types of personalities and is closely involved with disabled, acute, chronic, and seriously ill residents. He/she must possess stable personality and good mental health and demonstrate cheerfulness, compassion, courtesy, and concern.
Work Environment: The work is performed in a clinical setting, at bedside, and at a workstation. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts and requires normal safety precautions typical of such places as patient/resident rooms, common areas and clinical offices. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. The employee has close contact with residents and staff and is therefore exposed to communicable diseases. The employee consistently addresses and assists with patient/resident, family and staff frustrations. There is a potential contact with combative/confused/ disoriented patients. Professional boundaries with patients and patient family is required.
IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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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.
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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.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search. REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
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Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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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 04/24/2018 to receive consideration.
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Mann-Grandstaff Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center 4815 North Assembly Street Spokane, WA US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496261200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 04/09/2018 to 04/24/2018
Salary: $33,394 to $43,414 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 5
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Temporary - 2 years