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Job Title:  Nursing Assistant (Escort)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  JV-13-091LG-809880

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$29,248.00 to $38,019.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 20, 2012 to Friday, January 11, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
4 vacancies in the following location:
Decatur, GA United StatesView Map


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 809880 (Include on all documents) 

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and  honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

Four (4) position vacancies within the the Health Administration Service Line in the VA Medical Center (Atlanta, GA) Decatur, GA.   


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Pass a pre-employment physical.
  • Proficient in basic written and spoken english.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.


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The Nursing Assistant GS-04 demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served in his or her assigned service area.


  "Major duties include but not limited to the following"


  • Observing and monitoring patients, and communicates and documents care given during the transportation process.
  • Report status of patients and changes noted to the registerednurse at destination.
  • Recognizing emergency (i.e., codes, disasters, fire and safety issues) and takes appropriate and immediate action.
  • Successfully perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver.
  • Perfoms a wide range of treatments/procedures for adult and geriatric patients who are medically, surgically, and/or psychiatrically ill as directed.
  • Provides one-to-one care and observation for patients.
  • Utilizes personal protective equipment (PPE) when implementing standard precautions to provide direct patient care.
  • Plans and coordinates activities dealing with the safe transportation of patients.
  • Safeguarding patient privacy (no "hallway" conversations regarding patients, staff, visitors, etc.)
  • Utilizes the computer on a daily basis for various functions, i.e., reading and sending information, etc.


Demonstrates creativity and initiative in resolving consumer problems expeditiously to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction.  Shares these experiences with peers to ensure maximum dissemination of information.  Refers unresolvable problems (with proposed alternative solutions) to his/her immediate supervisor in a timely manner. Plans and coordinates activities dealing with the safe transportation of patients. 

Transports specimens, records, medications, and other patient support equipment and supplies between and to patient homes as needed by Va transportation program. Maintains established competencies for area of assignment and utilizes educational opportunities for self-growth and development.  Completes annual review and all mandated continuing education.  These are VA requirements and impact the facility's ability to meet established VA Performance Standards.



Work Schedule: (DAY SHIFT ROTATING SHIFTS TO INCLUDE HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS) (6:00AM to 2:30PM, 8:00AM to 4:30PM; 7:00AM to 3:30PM

NOTE: (Management reserves the right to determine and change the tour of duty)

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


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Qualifying experience for the GS-4 level includes six (6) months general experience and six (6) months specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-3 level.

General Experience is defined as: (l) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

Specialized Experience: Qualifying specialized experience includes nonprofessional nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other medical, nursing, or patient care facility, or in such work as that of a home health aid performing duties such as:

  • Ability to observe behavioral problems and physical symptoms for the purpose of communicating with members of the treatment team.
  • Skilled in utilizing computer software such as: (Microsoft Word and Excel), and a variety of office equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively via telephone, orally and in writing to obtain and/or give pertinent information in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple activities, organizational skills, and prioritizing workload with minimum supervision.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:   the experience requirements for the GS-4 level may be met by successful completion of a 2-year degree program in an accredited community college, junior college, or college or university in practical nursing or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position, such as education in a program for a psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technician.

COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:   equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying.



For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow, or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference" and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit 


Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  3. OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment form, which may be obtained at website;
  4. Copy of your transcipt if you are using education to qualify.
  5. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 11, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: After applying, return to Application Manager or your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 809880.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


Résumé. (required)

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

Unofficial college transcript for education used to qualify.   (An official college transcript will be required before being hired.)

Responses to the questionnaire.

Veterans' Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate).

OF-306, Declartion of Federal Employment may be obtained at website:

Any other documents required by the checklist.


HRMS Service Line
Phone: (404)321-6111x6300
Agency Information:


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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