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Job Title:Nursing Assistant

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-671-814968-13-HYB-GC

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

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$31,315.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Wednesday, February 20, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Kerrville, TX United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 814968 


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 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.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

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

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. 


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical
  • English language proficiency required
  • Work Schedule: Evenings, Rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays.


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You will be assigned as Nursing Assistant at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Nursing Service located at Kerrville, Texas. As a Nursing Assistant, you will perform a variety of personal care, nursing care, and rehabilitation activities.  You will perform a wide variety of duties directed toward implementing an individualized rehabilitation treatment plan for patients.  You will transport patients via wheel chair or gurney, and/or accompanies ambulatory patients who need assistance to various areas within he hospital including clinics, diagnostic areas, and treatment areas. You may accompany patient to off station facilities for special testing and for procedures. You will perform simple personal care duties such as bathing or feeding patients. Provide oral care, nail, hair and related hygiene care. You will assist patients with toileting needs, providing incontinent care. You will perform basic nursing care that requires knowledge of standardized procedures such as performance of active/passive range-of-motion activities, insuring that catheters and oxygen camula are maintained intact, etc. You will identify physical, social, psychological and cultural needs of patients by applying relevant growth and development processes specific to the age of the patient. You will be responsible for performing feeding and hygiene care as well as the care of patients' non-routine care and comfort needs for psycho/social/spiritual well being.  You will identify and report data relative to more complex patient situations including subtle changes in patient's behavior or condition, or variances related to neurological signs, vital signs, and other parameters. You will perform documentation in support of the care and treatment given to patients such as receiving patients, maintaining patient records by recording activities. You will perform technical work involving the treatment, instruction and working with veterans using equipment in carrying out the therapeutic activities prescribed for their physical and mental rehabilitation.  You will assist with a course of progressive physical therapy treatment based on the needs of the patient.


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Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.


Specialized Experience: ONE (1) YEAR of specialized experience that equips you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.   To be creditable, this experience must be equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level in Federal service.   Qualifying specialized experience includes nonprofessional nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or medical, nursing, or patient care facility, or in such work as that of a home health aide performing duties such as:


· Providing personal nursing care such as providing pre- and post-operative care.

· Support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, such as setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus.

· Caring for mentally ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassurance and encouragement.

· Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.  OR


Education:  Have successfully completed a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation in an accredited community college, junior college, or college/university in practical nursing or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of this position, such as education in a program for a psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technician.  (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) OR


Combined Education and Experience:  Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-5 level.  To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned).  Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess.  Add the two percentages.  The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-5. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position.   (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)


Physical Requirement:  Must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


English Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.




Additional information on the qualification requirements for General Schedule positions are outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualifications standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions.  It is available for your review on OPM's website at


Physical Demands:  Duties involve physical exertion on a regular and recurring basis.  The work consist of lifting and positioning of patients in varying degrees of immobility; standing and walking for prolonged periods.  Considerable agility and dexterity is required to porivde care in proper and safe manner and incumbent must be able to do recurring bending, stooping, reaching and similar activities. 

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) Member 4 copy, 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 Veteran Preference" and required documentation with your application materials.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .


Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all relevant information regarding their qualifications is documented in the application package.  Failure to provide all of the information and documentation requested may result in the applicant receiving less than full consideration in the qualification process.


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of Ineligible due to missing forms. Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions, etc.


Your resume 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 


Health Benefit:


Life insurance Benefit:


Retirement Benefit:


Thrift Savings Plan:


Dental and Vision Insurance:


Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA):


Long Term Care Insurance Program:


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.  




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 .


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.


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 (See "Required Documents" section below).


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 20, 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 return to 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. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 814968.

2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1.    CV or Resume.

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

3.    Occupational Questionnaire

4.    If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  

5.    If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required).

6.  College transcripts (if applicable).


YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.


Gloria Capetillo
Phone: (830)896-2020x12159
Agency Information:
VHA South Texas HCS San Antonio


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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