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Job Title:Nursing Assistant (Escort)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:VHA621-869039-ABM-38-13-58

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$27,990.00 to $36,384.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 02, 2013 to Monday, April 15, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


2 vacancies in the following location:
Johnson City, TN United StatesView Map


United States Citizens (First area of consideration will be given to permanent James H Quillen VAMC employess)



Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 869039

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.

Welcome to the Crossroads of the eastern United States – Johnson City! Forbes Magazine Ranks Johnson City 14 th in their latest rankings of best places to live: For almost two centuries, Johnson City has been the center for tourism and business in Northeast Tennessee. Originally little more than a train depot, Johnson City is now a metropolitan melting pot with invigorating music, enchanting culture, and exhilarating mountain adventure. Local festivals include the Blue Plum Festival, the Apple Festival and the exciting Rhythm & Roots Reunion . Enjoy outdoor adventure at Boone Lake, Watauga Lake, and nearby Roan Mountain State Park. Other family-friendly activities include hiking and biking trails and some of the best trophy trout fishing in the country. Johnson City flourishes with tradition, heritage, and hospitality. Its natural beauty and fresh mountain air make Johnson City the perfect location to live and work. You'll awaken your Pioneer Spirit when you visit our historical areas and living history sites— like Tipton-Haynes, Rocky Mount and Sycamore Shoals. And just a stone's throw away, you'll find world-renowned attractions like Bristol Motor Speedway, Bays Mountain and Barter Theatre. Also, Johnson City enjoys affordable cost of living, low tax rates and no state income tax yet we offer outstanding schools, parks, playgrounds and sports facilities that make life enjoyable.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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.

The James H. Quillen VAMC strongly encourages persons that are interested in and may represent multicultural diversity to apply.  We have a long-standing Multicultural Diversity Committee led by mental health professionals devoted to educating, monitoring and furthering our awareness, practice and outcomes in regards to multiculturalism .


FACT: Ninety percent of applicants fail to submit additional documentation with resume' or application and are found ineligible (see ‘HOW TO APPLY' section of this announcement); therefore, it is imperative that you read the complete announcement. Failure to do so MAY result in LOSS OF FURTHER CONSIDERATION.


  • 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 primary purpose of this position is to provide transportation and in-transit nursing care to a variety of medical, surgical, psychiatric, and long-term care patients within and outside of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These patients may range from the ambulatory patient to the acutely and/or terminally ill patient.

  • escort patients to and from appointments that have IV therapy controlled by infusion devices
  • performs and reinforces patient teaching according to pre-established plan and under the direction of the professional nurse
  • Maintains care of and instructs patients in their role of caring for various devices while in transit
  • closely monitors, observes for and promptly reports physical and emotional status changes such as bleeding, fainting, pain or speech disturbances
  • recognizes unusual conditions and initiates first aid measures for life threatening conditions such as cardiac/respiratory arrest or choking
  • ensures sufficient oxygen is available for the Veteran during transport
  • gives emotional support to patients and families during transport
  • maintains a daily tracking of trips to provide verification of patient location and safety
  • provides travel assistance to outpatients leaving the medical center by scheduling return trips with Transportation Company of patients choice or by contacting the VA travel office
  • checks transportation equipment to ascertain proper functioning or need for repairs
  • cleans wheelchair's and ambulance stretchers
  • transports patient records and specimens according to policy and procedure
  • lift excessive amounts of weight when operating the ambulance stretcher during loading and unloading procedure.
  • maintains confidentiality in all aspects of care

Work Schedule: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. / 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Incumbent will be required to work rotating weekends

Position DescriptionTitle / PD#:  Nursing Asssitant / 60004-A

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


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GRADE DETERMINATIONS: This position requires six months of general clinical experience as well as six months of specialized Nursing Assistant experience at the GS-3 level or equivalent.  

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:   The experience in nonprofessional 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 aide where the following duties were performed:

* 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.        


EDUCATION: 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.


Certified Nursing Assistant is preferred but not required.


References : OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions at


Physical Requirements: All candidates must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Candidates must meet the physical requirements outlined in Section II and Section VI of the OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions and must possess emotional and mental stability.



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.


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO's) based on your application for this position.

1.   Skill in giving patient care and assuring appropriate documentation of records.

            a.   Takes vital signs.

            b.   Documents record.

2.   Ability to handle emergent situations including reporting any unusual change.

            a.   Reports changes.

            b.   Responds appropriately in emergent situations.

3.   Ability to work as a team member (this includes assisting physicians, RN's, LPN's, and other nursing assistants in various procedures).

            a.   Interacts with health care team.

            b.   Assists physicians/nurses with procedures.

4.   Ability to work independently.

          a.   Monitors patient.

          b.   Makes visual observations.


Please be sure that your resume reflect the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) listed for this position. A separate document containing KSA narratives will not be accepted as part of your application packet.



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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 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.


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


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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 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: 869039.  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, April 15, 2013.

Manual applications will be accepted from James H. Quillen VAMC employees.


The following documents are required:


· CV or Résumé - Your resume should include a description of job duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, and average hours worked per week. Descriptions of job duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of your experience.


· Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Employment (Available at This is a required form and must be submitted with your application by all current and non-current employees/applicants.


 · Responses to the questionnaire.


· If prior military service, include all copies of you 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


· Most Recent SF-50 - Current or former Federal employees must provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" that indicates time in grade, proof of status (career or career conditional) and type of service. (Not an Award SF-50)



Candiace Ramirez
Phone: (423)926-1171x7189
Agency Information:
VHA Mountain Home VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
VA Medical Center
HR Management Service PO Box 4000
Mountain Home, 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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