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Job Title:Nursing Assistant (Sitter)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:ZX-13-VV-836395

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$24,933.00 to $36,384.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Monday, February 18, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




8 vacancies in the following location:
Tampa, FL United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 836395 

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.


  • 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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Provides one-to-one observation of patients at risk of injuring themselves or others and assures the safety of patients who need to be observed for any of a number of reasons including confusion, wandering, agitation, disorientation, suicidal thoughts and or attempts.  Provides constant observation of severely regressed, agitated, or suicidal patients by remaining in close proximity and protecting the patient from harming self or others. Maintains a safe, secure environment by reporting and removing potential hazards. . Maintains accountability for the patient until others assume responsibility for the patient and documents appropriately on special observation flow sheet for patients needing close observation and/or CPRS template.


Safely transports patients to and from departments in the medical center in a safe and timely manner. Uses appropriate lifting/transfer equipment to ensure safe transfer of patients to and from wheelchairs, beds, stretchers, or automobiles.


Recognizes changes in patient’s condition and behavior, e.g., level of consciousness, vital signs, inappropriate behavior or other significant changes and notifies the RN. Recognizes the need for emergency measures and institutes resuscitative procedures if needed in accordance with basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.


Assumes responsibility for patients in need of supervised observation (1:1, constant or close observations) until relieved or need for increased observation is resolved.


Performs a range of diagnostic and therapeutic nursing measures as directed, e.g., obtains specimens, feeds patients, assists patients in toileting, bathing, dressing, ambulation, diversion activities as assigned, intake and output recording.


Participates in maintenance of an optimal infection control program by observing hand washing policies and techniques and by carrying out isolation procedures.


Possesses excellent communication skills and demonstrate expertise in customer service and will function as a care team member providing supportive assistance to the nursing staff.


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


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Specialized Experience:

1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-3 examples of specialized experience. Experience which equipped the applicant with knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is in or related to the work of the position.


A 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation (transcript required).


Combining Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. For example; 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.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at . Transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required, including walking, bending, stooping, utilizing stairwells, driving vans/cars, and the ability to lift heavy packages (25+lbs). The work will require various tours of duty including days, evening, nights, weekends and holidays.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

·         Basic knowledge of operation and maintenance procedures for equipment used for patient care and transport.

·         Knowledge of body mechanics, transfer techniques, safety features of protective equipment, e.g., lifts and sliding board, to protect patients and staff from injury.

·         Knowledge and skills sufficient to apply current hospital and nursing service memoranda, policies, procedures and protocols.

·         Knowledge of infection control principles and skills sufficient to prevent transmission of disease.

·         Knowledge of signs of behavioral or medical emergencies and skills to initiate emergency procedures.

·         Ability to provide one-to-one observation of patients identified to be at risk of injuring themselves or others.

·         Knowledge of the importance of confidentiality of patient information and ability to insure patient’s privacy.

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

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


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. 


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.  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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 836395.  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 Monday, February 18, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. Occupational Questionnaire
  3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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  
  4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  5. Transcripts, if using education for eligibility.


Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.


Phone: (813)972-7584
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
Fax: (478)757-3144


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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