· 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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
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: 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.
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.
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: http://www.va.gov/pbi In addition, candidates may be interviewed by a panel.