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Job Title:Nursing Assistant

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-671-829613-13-HYB-GC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,990.00 to $36,384.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 15, 2013 to Thursday, March 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0621-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Kerrville, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 829613 (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 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.

 

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-04. 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical

DUTIES:

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As a Nursing Assistant you will serve as a member of the nursing team performing a variety of basic nursing care (Activities of Daily Living) in a clinic/ward setting. You will observe patients for a change in condition, i.e. deviation in color, pulse, respirations, temperature and blood pressure. You will prepare and instruct patients for tests, examinations, treatment and/or surgery, i.e., baths, enemas, instructing patients in pre- and post- operative (or procedure) activities.   You will assist physicians with on-ward tests by positioning and draping patients, securing needed equipment for the procedure.   You will make and record gross visual observations (heavy vomiting, bleeding, fainting) and subtle visual observations of patient's condition, i.e., slight drooping at the mouth, inattention to patient teaching and breaking down of skin leading to decubitus ulcer if not corrected promptly. You will enter information regarding the care rendered and condition and progress of the patient. You will teach patients and family members the necessity to continue procedures for proper health care and encourage the importance of self-care activities within their individual capacities. You will maintain fall risk program and ensure patient safety. You will administer range of motion exercises, caring for patients in isolation, setting up and giving treatments such as oxygen, applying external catheters and inserting urinary catheters as ordered, with daily catheter care. You will be directly responsible to the RN Team Leader/Lead LVN for the quality and quantity of the work performed on a daily basis; and carry out recurring tasks independently.

 

Work Schedule:  Day Shift, with evenings, nights, rotating weekends and holidays

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

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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General Experience: 6 months of general experience (1) 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: In addition, you must have 6 months experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-3 grade level. 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 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  

Substitution of Education for Experience: 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. (Transcripts required)

OR

Combining Education & Experience:  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying for grades GS-3 through GS-5. If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position. (When crediting education, prorate the number of hours of related courses required as a proportion of the total education to be used.) For GS-4 level positions, to combine education and experience, first determine how much of the qualifying experience and education you have, as a percentage of what is required for each. Add the percentages together, and if the total is 100% or more, then the combined education and experience is qualifying for the position. (Transcripts required)

 

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

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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

 

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 provide 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:  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.

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.

 


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.

 

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. 

 

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.



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/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, 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.

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 829613. 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 Thursday, March 07, 2013



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  

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

6.  Copy of college transcripts (if applicable). 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Gloria Capetillo
Phone: (830)896-2020x12159
Email: GREGORIA.CAPETILLO@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA South Texas HCS San Antonio
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL/EMAIL
APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
KERRVILLE, TX
78028

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-671-829613-13-HYB-GC

Control Number:

336523800