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Job Title:Nursing Assistant

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-612-13-830580CM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$37,073.00 to $48,190.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 to Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0621-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Intermittent - Intermittent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Martinez, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 830580 

OUR MISSION: 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. 

 

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

For positions covered by the Bargaining Unit:   First consideration will be given to employees of this facility. 

ALL APPLICANTS INCLUDING DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EMPLOYEES:  You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and “Required Documents.”  Failure to provide all required documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration.  Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate. 

 

On-Call: NO

Rotating Shifts: YES

Required to work Holidays and/or weekends: YES

Work Schedule:  AS NEEDEDFair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status:  NON-EXEMPT

Bargaining Unit Position: YES

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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NURSING ASSISTANT  - PD# 9018-A

Assists physicians and nurses in the care and treatment of the ill veterans receiving medical, surgical, psychiatric, or inpatient treatment. Observes and reports to the professional nurse changes in patient behavior, attitude, bodily complaints, and appearance.  Performs simple treatment procedures such as changing sterile dressings; applying or removing binders, arm slings, dressing, and bandages; or applying hot and cold packs.  Performs standardized treatment procedures requiring considerable training and experience such as inserting catheters, performing pharyngeal suctions, setting up and regulating the flow of oxygen, or monitoring the level of intravenous hydration fluids. Observes patients for change in condition (deviation in color, pulse, respiration, temperature, and blood pressure) and reports them to the registered nurse.  Reports condition of wounds and skin, and reaction to or results of treatments.  Obtain veterans’ vital signs, weights, intake/outputs and enters them in the patients’ records in CPRS.  Enters specific information onto the patients’ records or charts. Enters patient information using commonly used medical terminology such as terms of tests, diet changes, or test results.  Performs a wide variety of duties aimed at increasing the comfort and spirit of the patient.  Transports patients via wheel chair or gurney, and/or accompanies ambulatory patients who need assistance, to various areas within the medical center including clinics, diagnostic areas, and treatment areas.  Provide personal care duties or Activity of Daily Living (ADL) such as bathing or feeding patients.  Takes care of patient’s non-routine care and comfort needs for psycho/social/spiritual well being, personal hygiene, physical comfort, nutrition, elimination, prevention of skin breakdown, rehabilitation, and/or restorative nursing care and safety, etc. Teaches patients and family members the necessity to continue the procedures for proper health care.  Assists with general health education, e.g., reminds patients/family/care providers of importance of skin care, position changes, adhering to medication/dietary regime.

 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

 

Drug Testing:  This is a testing designated position.  All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA.  Applicants who test positive for illegal use of drugs will not be appointed.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

·        Citizenship - Must be citizen of the United States

·        English language proficiency - Must be proficient in spoken and written English

Specialized Experience: At least one year of specialized experience at the GS-4 grade level of Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include: 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 aide, performing duties such as (1) providing personal nursing cares such as providing pre- and post-operative care, (2) support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, such as setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus, (3) caring for mentally ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassurance and encouragement, (4) assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.

Substituting Education for Specialized Experience: Successfully completed a (4) four year post high school degree program in an accredited community college, junior college, college or university in practical nursing or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position? (Copy of Unofficial Transcript Required)

Combination of Education & Experience: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience. (Copy of Unofficial Transcript Required)

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References : VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Nursing Assistant, available in the local Human Resources Office.


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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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 their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

 

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.

Interviews:  Management may interview candidates for this position and use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process.  If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates.  You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi  (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview.  Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.

Applicant’s Responsibility:  It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position.  Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package.  Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field.  If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package.  Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.

Physical Requirements: The work requires long periods of moving about the work unit. The work requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, lifting and repositioning patients, or similar activities.

Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive an ineligible rating due to missing form(s). 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, and fax transmissions, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

 

Reasonable Accommodation:  This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency.  This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO's). All applicants should provide clear, concise examples that show the level of accomplishment or degree to which they possess the KSAO in their resume. Incomplete, vague or contradictory information may affect the rating.

Please review carefully before making an online response selection. Your application, resume and supporting documents will be used to verify your response.

1.      Knowledge of a body of standardized rules and skill sufficient to perform procedures to carry out nursing care and resolve recurring problems.

2.      Knowledge of equipment terminology, drug terminology and skill to identify and use equipment, drugs and supplies properly, and to communicate proper use with nurses, medical staff and family members.

3.      Understanding of diseases and illness and skill to teach patients and to impress upon patients and family members the necessity to continue the procedures of proper health care.

4.      Knowledge of standard medical terminology and skill to provide and gather information in patient care/family conference with nurses, doctors, patients and family members.


BENEFITS:

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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, thrift savings plan, 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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

 

NOTE FOR TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES: Temporary employees are eligible to earn leave and are covered by Social Security and unemployment compensation, but do not receive the other fringe benefits provided to career civil service employees.  Current law allows temporary employees to purchase health insurance after they have one year of temporary service, but the employee must pay the full cost with no Government contribution.  Employees are not eligible for coverage under the Federal Government Life Insurance program or the Federal Employees Retirement System. 

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.

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 (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, 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: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. 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  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 830580.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the following required documents: 

1.      CV or Resume or any other written format may be submitted provided it contains all of the information in the USAJobs resume format. Provide beginning and ending dates (MM/YY) of employment, the average number of hours worked per week, and a description of the duties for each position listed on your resume. If you performed more than one position title, please indicate the percentage of time you spent performing each title's duties. (required).

2.      VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations, signed and dated (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

3.      Occupational Questionnaire (required)

4.      Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment, signed and dated. (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

5.      DD Forms 214 (required - if prior military service). 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).

6.      "Notification of Personnel Action" (SF-50's), All current or former Federal Employees - VA and non-VA: documenting permanent status (career or career- conditional), promotion action to the highest grade held in the Federal government, and, if applicable, your separation SF-50 (required - if current or former Federal Employee).

 

ALL APPLICANTS INCLUDING DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EMPLOYEES: You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and “Required Documents.” Failure to provide all required documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration. Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate.

 

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Rovellyn Linn
Phone: (925)372-2370
Email: ROVELLYN.LINN@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Northern California HCS Sacramento
Department of Veterans Affairs
150 Muir Road
Human Resources Management Service
Martinez, CA
94533

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-612-13-830580CM

Control Number:

336308400