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Job Title:Nursing Assistant

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:528-13-AQ858857-SF

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$28,681.00 to $37,283.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, March 14, 2013 to Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0621-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Buffalo, NY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 858857 (Include on all documents)

 

 

WHO MAY APPLY:   U.S. Citizens.

Our Mission:  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.  

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

 

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

 

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

 

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:

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This position serves as a Nursing Assistant, located at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. The employee functions as a member of the nursing team and participates in the care of patients in all acute stages of illness with changing nursing needs that are predictable and require periodic assessment by the Registered Nurse. The assignment of work is located in the emergency room department.

 

Major duties and responsibilities include:

Participates in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care; Assists in the collection of objective and subjective data relative to more complex patient situations; Participates in patient centered conferences and shift reports by contributing information for the development and review of nursing's plan of care; Assists in all aspects of nursing care to meet patient non-routine needs for personal hygiene, physical comfort, activities, exercise, nutrition, safety, rehabilitation, etc; Identifies physical, social, psychological, cultural needs of veterans that may include the need for self esteem, situational changes, decreased sensory-spatial functions, and providing support for a sense of independence while providing assisted self-care; Assists with routing diagnostic measures and preparation for radiological or operative procedures; Assists in orientating patients and their families to unit routines and pertinent policies; Communicates orally and in writing while maintaining positive working relationships with the patient, patient's family members, interdisciplinary team members, and other medical and administrative staff; Records pertinent information in the medical record, and reports patient status to the appropriate medical personnel; Prepares patient care related equipment such as, oxygen, suction, alternating pressure mattress; Assists in monitoring proper functioning and operation of patient care related equipment; Maintains a clean, safe, and therapeutic environment and reporting actual hazards; and Performs supportive functions and other duties as assigned.

 

Tour of Duty: VARIABLE AND ROTATING SHIFTS INCLUDING NIGHTS, EVENINGS, WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS , SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON AGENCY NEEDS.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position at the GS-4 level you must meet one of the following:

At least six months of general experience AND six months of specialized experience. General experience is in any type of work that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of a nursing assistant or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the position.  Specialized experience must be close to the work of this job and has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of Nursing Assistant. Typically we would find this experience in work within this field or a field that includes non-professional 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 reassurance and encouragement. Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.~OR~To qualify based on education you must have successfully completed two (2) years above high school. This education must have been obtained in an accredited community college, junior college, 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.(Transcript or full course listing must be submitted with your application if you are qualifying based on education. Applications submitted without this information will not be considered.)~OR~Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. (Transcript or full course listing must be submitted with your application if you are qualifying based on education. Applications submitted without this information will not be considered.)A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

 

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.


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 accred-itation 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. ***

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 points tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx


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, 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.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to  http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap.

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.

INTERVIEWS:   Any interviews that may be conducted for this position will use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process.   Further information is available at www.va.gov/pbi.

Probation:   Position is subject to a one (1) year probationary period.

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé

2. Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (see Required Documents section below)

3.  Application for Associated Health Occupations, VA Form 10-2850c http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf

4.  Declaration for Federal Employment, OF 306  http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf

5. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

6. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Assessment Questions

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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. Applicants are encouraged to apply online; this process is easier, faster and provides more information as applications are processed. 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov/. After applying, return to Application Manager or your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, 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 http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

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 858857.

2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Use this checklist to make sure you've submitted everything that is required for a complete application package!

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Susan Foley
Phone: (716)862-3293
Email: SUSAN.FOLEY2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Western New York HCS Buffalo
Healthcare System
Buffalo, NY
14215

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


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Job Announcement Number:

528-13-AQ858857-SF

Control Number:

339727600