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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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
- 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
- Treats self, patients, family and others with respect and
dignity is able to effectively intervene when there is a difficult
- 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
- Seeks opportunities to increase knowledge and skill.
- Completes mandatory and additional TMS training in addition to
the required training and electronic
- Conducts the orientation of new employees and students on an
- 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,
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.
0621 Nursing Assistant
- Aides, Nursing
- Assistants, Medical
- Assistants, Nursing
- Assistants, Psychiatric Technician
- Medical 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
- 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
- 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
(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;
(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;
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)- In
addition, the candidate must
demonstrate the following KSAs:
Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and
contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of
Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or
emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor
in a timely manner.
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.
- 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:
(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
(c) Demonstrated KSAs-
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
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.
- 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
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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.
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