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Job Title:NURSING ASSISTANT (Medical/Surgical)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:861897AV

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$41,325.00 to $53,719.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 01, 2013 to Friday, April 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0621-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Palo Alto, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 861897 

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/ .  

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

DUTIES:

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 FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT NUMBER:  000000.

WORK SCHEDULE:  3:30 PM TO 12 MIDNIGHT, VARIED DAYS AND OFF TOURS AS REQUIRED.

 

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

 

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. 


The Nursing Assistant serves as a member of a nursing team and is responsible for providing care for and/or assistance to patients including; bathing, showering, shaving, grooming, feeding, ambulating, weighing, positioning patients with prescribed physical limitations; maintains appropriate skin care precautions.  Assists, as assigned, in observation of stable post-operative patients and medical patients requiring additional observation.  Is able to take as assigned patient load and assume care for more complicated patients.  Assists with transferring and transporting medically compromised and seriously ill patients to test/procedures via gurneys and wheelchairs.  Major duties include, but may not be limited to:

  • Assists with admissions, transfers, discharges, postmortem care and nursing procedures.
  • Observes critically ill postoperative patients who have had anesthetics and/or medical patients who require constant observation. 
  • Uses skills and knowledge of basic normal versus abnormal vital signs to adapt patient care activities, and takes and records vital signs and intakes and output and empty drains.
  • Teaches and guides patients in the development of cleanliness and sound health practices in all aspects of daily living.
  • Feed and assists patient during meals.
  • Adheres to close observation/suicide precaution policy and procedures when caring for patients who are deemed high risk.
  • Carries out special treatments and assists with procedures including follow-up care and observation.
  • Administers treatments such as bowel care; reinforces instruction in colostomy irrigation, postoperative bladder irrigation, selected surgical dressings; performs bladder catheterization; administers selected wound irrigations, nasogastic, gastrostomy, jejunostomy tube feeds and gavage; performs nasotracheal or tracheal suctioning and instructs tracheostomized patients. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • English language proficiency

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

Specialized Experience:  Applicant must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5) in the Federal Service.  Qualifying specialized experience includes nonprofessional nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other medical, 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

SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:  Applicant must have successful completion of a Bachelor Degree PLUS 6 months of graduate education related to the position in an accredited community college, junior college or university in practical nursing or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position.  (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).

 

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

References : OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions:  Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0600/0621.htm.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  This position requires long periods of standing, bending, walking, lifting, pushing, and repositioning of patients.  Requires lifting and carrying items/objects of 45 lbs. and over. Both hand required; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; working closely with others.

 

 


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 the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.


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 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.

  

Reasonable Accommodation: This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If requested and appropriate, and you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this office either orally or in writing. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Information about Reasonable Accommodation is on OPM’s Reasonable Accommodation website at:

http://www.opm.gov/Disability/ReasonableAccommodation.asp

 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

 

On May 5, 2010, the President signed the "Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010" (Public Law No. 111-163).  It converted the Nursing Assistant occupation from the competitive civil service to the Hybrid Title 38 employment system.

 

Until Policies are finalized, only Title 38 hybrid appointment procedures will be used and they will be covered by Title 5 procedures for position classification, qualification determination, promotion and advancement.

 

Professional Standards Board (PSBs) will not be established to review appointments during this interim period.  Until PSBS are established at a later date, the selecting official and servicing HR Office representative will review and recommend approval of appointments.

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs supports a drug-free environment.

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

VA employees, applicants for employment, and former employees shall not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and/or reprisal for filling a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or having opposed prohibited discrimination.  Sexual and non-sexual harassment based on the above categories is also prohibited.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 COMPLETED (FILLED OUT, SIGNED, AND DATED) 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. 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 .
  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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 861897.  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 Friday, April 19, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. Completed (filled out, signed, and dated) 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. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Link to OF-306 – Declaration for Federal Employment: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD 214 [Member-4 copy] (required) or proof of service.   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

    If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required).
  6. Resume Reminder - Your federal resume must include the following information for each job listed: Job title; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

  7. Any other documents required by the checklist.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

VAPAHCS USAS
Phone: (650)493-5000x63951
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: V21PALWORKFORTHEVA@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Palo Alto HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Palo Alto Health Care System
NO MAIL/EMAIL/IN-PERSON APPLICATIONS
Palo Alto, CA
94304 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:

861897AV

Control Number:

340768300