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Job Title:Full-Time Nursing Assistant

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:HYB-843998LA

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$33,136.00 to $48,190.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 15, 2013 to Thursday, March 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0621-04/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
San Francisco, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 843998 (Include # on all documents)

Permanent Status once appointed by the Professional Standard Board.

***Salary is determined by a Professional Standards Board (PSB) based on education and experience***

The PSB is a peer review process: The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments. Permanent Status once appointed by the Professional Standard Board.

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

 

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.

 

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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration (If Applicable)
  • Designated and-or Randum Drug Testing required
  • English Language Proficiency required

DUTIES:

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This is an open continuous announcement, for multiple units within Nursing Services. As full-time opportunities are available applications will be reviewed and sent to the hiring manager for review.

 

A Nursing Assistant at the San Francisco Veterans Medical Center will be responsible to provide nursing care to veterans in a variety of units throughout Nursing Services.  A Nursing Assistant may be responsible to perform routine patient care for assigned patients in accordance with established policies, procedures, and guidelines with general instructions given by the RN/LVN. Uses initiative to carry out recurring assignments and in prioritizing assigned duties based on patient condition and previous instructions, obtains additional instructions for any unusual or unfamiliar situations where appropriate guidelines are not readily available. The nursing assistant may be assigned to any clinical area with the San Francisco VA Medical Center, to include ambulatory care, critical care, extended care or psychiatry, and unit specific activities may be performed.

 

Duties may include:

  • - Performing a range of diagnostic support duties, preparing patients for tests, exams and treatments.
  • - Checks and record stool guiacs.
  • - Properly prepares oxygen dependant patients for transport to procedures.
  • - Maintains client/patient privacy.
  • - Collects patient data.
  • - Assists/completes clerical and transport functions as assigned.
  • - Adheres to VA and Nursing Service policies, procedures and standards.
  • - Delivers care to patients in a respectful and non-judgmental manner.
  • - Accurately reports patient information.
  • - Complies with Medical Center standards.
  • - Utilizes equipment in a safe manner.
  • - Reports unsafe equipment and working conditions to appropriate individual.
  • - Employs proper lifting/moving, transfer, and assistive devices and demonstrates safe and proper body mechanics.
  • - Completes mandatory safety, equipment and other annual reviews.
  • - Demonstrates and maintains competency as defined by unit and department criteria.
  • - Others duties as assigned.

 

Work Schedule: Full Time- days and hours will vary by department, weekends and holidays may be required.

Bargaining Unit Status:  Covered

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


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • GS-4: Must have at least six months of general experience that demonstrates an ability to learn and perform nursing care duties, to deal successfully with people, and to be adaptable to the work situation an have six months of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-03 grade level in the federal service performing non-professional nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home or other medical patient care facility, or as a home health aid. Examples of non-professional nursing care work include: 1) performing personal nursing care duties; 2) support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures; 3) caring for mentally ill patients; 4) assisting surgeons or registered nurses in operating room activities.

     

    GS-5: Must have (1) one or more years of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-04 grade level in the federal service performing non-professional nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other medical patient care facility, or as a home health aid. Examples of non-professional nursing care work include: 1) performing personal nursing care duties; 2) support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures; 3) caring for mentally ill patients; 4) assisting surgeons or registered nurses in operating room activities.

     

  • English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Title 38, United States Code (38 U.S.C.). 

Education Requirements:

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.

 

Substitution of Education for Experience:  Certain types of education may be substituted for experience.  Applicants substituting education for experience should submit a school transcript.

 

GS-4: Must have completed a two year nursing degree program from an accredited community college, junior college, college or university.

 

GS-5: Must have completed four years of education above the high school level at an accredited college or university, and have obtained a bachelor's degree in nursing or a related field (one academic year of education is 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours).

 

References : OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0600/0621.htm.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume 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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. ***

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated on your knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.  Applicants who meet the qualification and basic requirements will be further evaluated by the Professional Standards Board for this occupation to determine the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training awards, outside activities, and supervisory appraisal, etc., indicate they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) of the position and at what grade level.  All applicants should provide clear, concise examples that show the level of accomplishment or degree to which they possess the KSA in their CV or resume.  Incomplete, vague or contradictory information may affect the rating. 

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.

 

  • - Experience in providing patient care
  • - Ability to communicate in a medical center environment

 

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.

 

In your CV/resume, be sure to include all of the following information for your paid and non-paid work experience related to this job.  Failure to include this information may result in being rated ineligible.

                   - Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)

- Starting and ending dates (month, date and year)

- Hours worked per week

- Employer's name/address, Supervisor's name and phone number

- Salary, and Duties and accomplishments


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 

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

Grade level to be determined by Professional Standards Board

 

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.

 

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. www.sss.gov



HOW TO APPLY:

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Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

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 (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) 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 ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) 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. 1.  Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. 2.  Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. 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. 4.  Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
  5. NOTE: If you are faxing your responses to the questionnaire, you may notice in Section 25 of the 1203-FX form that the question numbers restart at this point in the questionnaire with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX (Occupational Questionnaire) form, please continue to enter your responses at the next available number within the same section of the form.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

    1.  Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 843998.  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, March 07, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. 1.  CV or Resume.
  2. 2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. 3.  Occupational Questionnaire
  4. 4.  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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  5. 5.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  6. Use this checklist to make sure you've submitted everything. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Note: Your DD-214 must be legible and must show character of service and all dates of service; more than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.  Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/.

 

If you are claiming entitlement for 10-point veterans preference, you MUST submit your DD-214 showing character of service; and SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) with the required VA letter dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service-connected disability of 10% or more.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRMS SFVAMC
Phone: (415)221-4810x4819
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: V21SFCRECRUITMENT@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA San Francisco VAMC
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL/EMAIL
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
Thank You, CA
94121 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

HYB-843998LA

Control Number:

337941200