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Job Title:Nursing Assistant

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-618-KLH-13-VU830569

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$33,181.00 to $43,131.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to Thursday, February 21, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Minneapolis, MN United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


This position is located at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Specialty Care Service Line wards, which is part of Veterans Integrated Service Network, VISN 23.  Incumbent will work rotating day and evening shifts as well as rotating weekends and holidays.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):830569

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?


The Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS) is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care.


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


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


  • 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


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In this position, you will serve as a team member under the direction of an Registered Nurse (RN) in a ward.  The duties of the position include; but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible for the interdisciplinary team care planning and delivery of care process by providing feedback to the RN and interdisciplinary team
  • Takes appropriate actions in response to patient emergent situations
  • Accurately documents patient information in the medical record or paper flow sheet as appropriate
  • Provides care for patients in isolation; performs use of oximetry, as directed
  • Perfoms oral suctioning with Yankauer suction device
  • Provides routine hygienic/activities of daily living care, performs actions targeted to the maintenance/restoration of skin integrity
  • Collects patient specimens, administers a variety of comfort measures
  • Performs CPR/BCLS, takes vital signs after completion of orientation and competency validation
  • Performs finger stick blood glucose using blood glucose monitor, ambulates patient with/without assistive devices and provides passive range of motion as directed by the RN
  • Uses appropriate lifting/moving/transfer techniques/devices and utilizes standard precautions for all patients which includes following hand hygiene practices and procedures
  • Transports patients; utilizes scale and in-bed scale, special care beds, and vital signs monitor/equipment
  • Assists with toileting activities
  • Monitors patients in seclusion: observation using worksheet and assignment sheet; applies heat and cold therapies


Work Schedule: Monday-Friday with rotating weekends and holidays; Rotating Shifts: Days (8:00am to 4:30pm) and Evenings (3:30pm-Midnight)
Position Description Title/PD#: Nursing Assistant/#03405A

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

Promotion Potential: GS-05 is at the full performance level.


Probationary Period: May be required to serve a one-year probation period.

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Non-Exempt


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The selectee for this position will be boarded by the Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group), who will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  During this transition, the actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-05.


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements as stated in the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule positions (Group Coverage Qualifications Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions Positions) available online at


Experience Requirements:

For GS-5: 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in Federal service.
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 physically/mentally ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassurance and encouragement.


Educational Substitution for Experience:

4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) Training: Completion of appropriate training such as inservice training programs, training acquired while serving in the Armed Forces, and government-sponsored developmental training programs will be allowed credit on a month-for-month basis, generally through the GS-5 level.


Combination of Experience and Education

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 one year of specialized experience. Determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the year of specialized experience required at the GS-5 level. Then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the education that meets the requirements for GS-5. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-5. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others.  Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required.  However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment.  The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.

DRUG TEST REQUIREMENT:  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 VA.

The qualifications standard can be viewed online:  OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Medical and Techical Positions at

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but is not limited to: responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample; and/or contact for an interview.


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.

Foreign education:  Applicants may submit an evaluation of the coursework from an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education that shows that the coursework is equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide such evidence when applying for Federal jobs.

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


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.


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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


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

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

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.


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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 ( 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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 830569.  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.

Check your account ( 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 which you will use in conjuction with the 1203FX form (see next):View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, February 21, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume (required).
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire (required).
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at (required).
  5. Transcripts - If basing part or all of your qualifications on experience. (required).
  6. 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  
  7. If currently or formerly employed in the federal government, MUST include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Brenda Stickler
Phone: (612)725-2000x1716
Agency Information:
VHA Minneapolis HCS
One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN


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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