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Job Title:Nursing Assistant (Psychiatric)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:MEM-13-75-842981

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

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$27,990.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 15, 2013 to Monday, March 11, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Memphis, TN United StatesView Map


Open to All Qualified US Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 842981 

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?


VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


AREA OF CONSIDERATION:   All qualified U.S. Citizens, however, first area of consideration will be given to permanent VAMC Memphis, TN employees.   Second area of consideration will be given to permanent VA employees.   Third area of consideration will be given to status eligible candidates.


PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. 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.


  • 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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The Psychiatric Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing team, performing duties not requiring the knowledge, judgment, and skill of a professional nurse.  Provides complex care to patients with severe mental conditions requiring intensive psychiatric treatment.  Uses initiative in providing care and in motivating patients to reach treatment goals.  Demonstrates a high degree of sensitivity and understanding.  Communicates in a therapeutic manner by listening, assisting with verbal and non-verbal communication; identifies and intervenes in behavioral changes which indicate a potential for assaultiveness, suicide, elopement and notifies the nurse when such changes occur.  Responsible for recognizing, reporting and assisting with intervention in potential/actual medical emergencies (e.g.,, respiratory/cardiac arrests, seizures, foreign body obstruction).  Takes and documents vital signs at scheduled and unscheduled times and reports deviations in vital signs to nurse.  Performs selected procedures (e.g., catherterizations, suctioning, and colostomy care/irrigations).  Physically restrains acting out patients in a safe manner and correctly applies restraints.

Explains and interprets plan of care to patient.  Accurately documents care given to patients and uses proper body mehcanics and appropriate equipment (lifts, wheelchairs) to lift and move patients.


Work Schedule:  Various and Rotating Shifts


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


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·         U.S. citizenship. 

·         English language proficient.




GS-4: Six (6) months general experience and six (6) months specialized experience OR 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.

GS-5: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level OR a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree from 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 OR Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position. For GS-5 level positions, 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. For example: The position to be filled is a Nursing Assistant, GS-5. An applicant has 8 months of GS-4 level specialized experience and 80 semester hours of college. The applicant meets 67 percent of the required experience and 33 percent of the required education (i.e., 20 semester hours in excess of the first 60 semester hours). The applicant meets 100 percent of the total requirements and is qualified for the position. At least 8 of the 20 semester hours must be directly related to the work of the position.


General Experience is defined as progressively responsible work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position filled.

Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and this is typically in or related to the position to be filled.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience includes: Knowledge of human body structure and function, illness and disease, medical/nursing terminology, providing nursing care, completing advanced specialized treatments and procedures, actively providing a safe and secure environment, recognizing and taking action in emergency situations and using seclusion, restraints, and suicide precautions.  Knowledge and ability to communicate with nursing, and medical staff and patients.  Knowledge and skill to record and report pertinent information related to patient care including physical and/or behavior. Caring for mentally ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassurance and encouragement.  




U.S. Office of Personnel Management Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions and the Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-621: Nursing Assistant Series.   This standard is available for review in the local HR Liaison Office.   You may also access this standard through the internet at the following address:


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:   Requires regular and recurring periods of standing and walking as well as bending, lifting stooping, stretching and repositioning of patients.  Some moving and transporting of equipment and supplies is 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. 

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 on the Internet:    In addition, candidates may be interviewed by a panel.


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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: 842981.  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, March 11, 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
  4. 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  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Stephanie McDuffie
Phone: (901)523-8990x5928
Agency Information:
VHA Memphis VAMC
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
HR Managment Service 1030 Jefferson Ave
Memphis, TN


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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