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Nursing Assistant

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Cheyenne
Posted on: June 8, 2021

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Summary

This position falls under the Patient Care Service Line- Community Living Center, located at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center. The Nursing Assistant (NA) is an integral part of a team of nurses that provide care to long term care residents, end of life hospice veterans, and veterans with specific rehabilitation or skilled needs for a limited time frame. The CLC nurse aide is responsible for maintaining unit specific competencies to ensure safety and quality of care is provided to residents.

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Responsibilities

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Identifies environmental safety hazards and takes immediate action to resolve issues within a specific scope.
  • Adheres to the Cheyenne VAMC Time and Leave Policy and assists others with entering leave requests.
  • Completes required documentation timely and accurately with minimal or no guidance; able to assist other staff members with required documentation.
  • Provides 1:1 observation for veterans who are safety risks (within one arm's length of the patient), to include but not limited to: Having Suicidal/Homicidal ldeations, High Fall Risk, Veteran pulling on or trying to remove, essential medical equipment, Impulsive behavior that may lead to injury.
  • Performs specific patient related tasks independently and provides assistance to co-workers.- Assists patient with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as personal hygiene and daily nourishment independently and provides assistance to co-workers.
  • Treats self, patients, family and others with respect and dignity is able to effectively intervene when there is a difficult situation.
  • Listens to patient and family needs/concerns. Reports them to the charge nurse and will take immediate action within specific scope to meet the patient's needs/concerns.
  • Works within a collaborative team to achieve veteran centric goals and provides feedback regarding the patient's progress toward goals.
  • Seeks opportunities to increase knowledge and skill.
  • Completes mandatory and additional TMS training in addition to the required training and electronic competencies/certifications.
  • Conducts the orientation of new employees and students on an independent basis.
  • Participates in unit specific staff meetings and in-services, providing feedback and suggestions during meetings.

Work Schedule: Rotating Shift to include nights and weekends (Compressed tour: 6:00AM-6:30PM or 6:00PM-6:30AM)

NOTE: Candidates must be willing to work nights, weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Telework: Not eligible for telework

Incentives: Recruitment Incentive is authorized for this position. One time lump sum of $2,500.00.

This position is covered under the bargaining unit.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

5

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Requirements

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

Qualifications

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.

May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Grade Determinations for VA Nursing Assistant-

GS-3 (Entry Level) Experience and Education- None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-4 Experience-

(a) 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,

(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.

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 the specific assignment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G46, Nursing Assistant VA Qualification Standards

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: The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with visits to the Emergency Department and admissions for medical co-morbidities. 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, 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 wear 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.

Education

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.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Cheyenne , Nursing Assistant, Other , Cheyenne, Wyoming

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