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Job Title:  Nursing Assistant (Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-671-13-MB-852645

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,315.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 to Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
San Antonio, TX United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 852645

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.  

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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


  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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You will be assigned to the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center where the primary purpose is to improve patient mobility and cognitive and physical function.  As a Nursing Assistant, you will perform a variety of personal care, nursing care, and rehabilitation activities.  You will perform a wide variety of duties directed toward implementing an individualized rehabilitation treatment plan for patients.  You will transport and/or accompany patients to medical appointments.  you will be responsible for performing feeding and hygiene care as well as the care of patients' non-routine care and comfort needs for psycho/social/spiritual well-being.  You will perform technical work involving the treatment, instruction and working with veterans using equipment in carrying out the therapeutic activities prescribed for their physical and mental rehabilitation.  You will assist with a course of progressive physical therapy treatment based on the needs of the patient.

Hours of work will be day/evening, day/night shifts based on the needs of the unit.


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You must meet one of the qualifications below in order to qualify for this position:

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT AT THE GS-5 LEVEL:  1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4.  Specialized experience is defined as 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 aide 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.


Applicants who have 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, as indicated above, are not required to have any additional specialized experience to meet the qualification requirements.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:  Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation.  (You must submit transcripts if qualifying based on education)


COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Equivalent combination 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 1 year of specialized experience.  To calculate, determine the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the year of specialized experience required.  Then determine the education as a percentage of the education that meets the requirements.  Add the two percentages.  The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. (You must submit transcripts if qualifying based on a combination of education and experience)




  • U.S. Citizenship
  • English language proficiency.  Employees appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d)




References: OPM General Schedule Qualification Standards, Nursing Assistant Series, 0621

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Heavy lifting and carrying (45 pounds and over), pushing 2 hours, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers and both hands, walking 4 hours, kneeling 1 hour, repeated bending 1 hour, both legs required, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability.

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


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


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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

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.


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

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


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Assicated Health Occupations)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 852645.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Megan Blanchard
Phone: (210)617-5133
Agency Information:
VHA South Texas HCS San Antonio
San Antonio, TX


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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