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Job Title:  Nursing Assistant
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HA-2013-837292

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$27,990.00 to $36,384.00 / Per Year
Thursday, February 07, 2013 to Thursday, February 28, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Wichita, KS United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 837292 

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?



Tour of duty will vary including evenings, weekends and holidays.

Bargaining Unit Status: Covered

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

If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used. For additional information regarding performance-based interviews, please review the following website(s) on the Internet: In addition, candidates may be interviewed by a panel.

Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement should the need arise.

Travel and relocation benefits will not be paid.

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.

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


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


  • 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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Your primary purpose will be to serve in a capacity as a member of the nursing team, performing a variety of nursing assignments of general nature; administering care to patients and support to providers and nurses in the performance of personal care; assisting with diagnostic examinations; and treating the patient, family/significant other/co-workers and peers with respect and courtesy at all times. You will assist doctors and nurses in the performance of diagnostic examinations by performing duties such as monitoring vital signs, preparing and positioning the patient, or by performing a variety of routine diagnostic tests. You will be required to enter specific information into the patients’ electronic records or charts using standard medical terminology for the human body, physical and emotional reactions, and nursing care, etc. You will be responsible for teaching patients and family members the necessity to continue the procedures for proper health care, and encouraging patients in self-care activities within their individual capacities as outlined on their care plan. Some basic computer skills will be essential to performing your duties as a Nurse Assistant. You will be required to perform other related duties as assigned.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.



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GS-4 Time-in-Grade Restriction -Time in Grade applies to advancement to a General Schedule (GS) position in the competitive service by any individual who within the previous 52 weeks has held a GS position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service. You must indicate on your application the time period that you meet these time-in-grade requirements. For example, state "I was employed as a GS-2 in a permanent position for the period (list the period using month/day/year to month/day/year). If you fail to provide this information, this office cannot verify that you meet the time-in-grade requirements and you may be found ineligible for this position.

To be eligible for the GS-4 level, applicants who are current Federal Employess and have held a GS grade at any time the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. These applicants must have held the GS-2 grade or higher within the past 52 weeks in order to meet this requirement for the GS-4 level of this vacancy.The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal Service.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards Handbook, Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Clerical and Administrative Support Positions. This standard is available for review in the local HR Liaison Office. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

To qualify for the GS-04, applicants must have 1 year of general experience equivalent to the GS-03 level. Two years of education above the high school level may be substituted for the required general experience.

General Experience is described as: Progressively responsible work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled.


Specialized Experience is described as: Experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position. This is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation. Examples of specialized experience may 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 aid 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 reassuranace and encouragement.
  • Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.



References : OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity.  This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing.  Transferring patients and objects may be required.

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 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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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

You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year, if applicable.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the HR representative listed as the contact on this announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case by case basis.

Management reserves the right to use alternative methods of selection.

It is VA policy that preference eligible veterans and other veterans will be given preference when qualifications of candidates are approximately equal.


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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. 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: 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.

Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 837292. 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, February 28, 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 (required).
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at This form will be required to be completed prior to a tentative job offer.  
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required for preference). 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
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  7. If you prefer to be qualified based on your education, you MUST provide a copy of your transcript with your application package.


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will not be considered and will receive a rating of IDMA (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, fax transmissions, etc.


Kawauna Hubanks
Phone: (316)685-2221x57807
Agency Information:
VHA Wichita VAMC
Human Resources Liaison Office
5500 E Kellogg
Wichita, KS


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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