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Job Title:  NURSING ASSISTANT Community Living Center
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  877692MS

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

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$41,325.00 to $53,719.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 to Friday, May 10, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Menlo Park, CA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 877692 

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 .  



  • 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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WORK SCHEDULE:  Monday-Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm

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


SUMMARY:  Performs a wide range of resident personal care, diagnostic services, treatment and charting activities on a regular continuing basis in a short stay rehabilitation or long term-care ward. 



  • Performs a range of personal nursing care to include feeding, bathing, transferring and turning residents, and providing oral, nail, hair and related hygiene care.
  • Recognizes untoward symptoms of resident and significant change and initiates appropriate action.
  •  Assists with admissions, transfers, discharges and nursing care procedures specific to unit.
  • Initiates reception and orientation of newly admitted resident to include initial instruction in unit routines and procedures, and introduction to other residents.
  • Recognizes need for and institutes emergency measures when indicated, calls nurse and assists in emergency resuscitation procedures in cardiac or respiratory arrest until professional help arrives.
  •  Responsible for knowledge of resident’s individual care plan, attends and participates in resident care conferences.
  • Carries out and assists with tests, examination and procedures, including follow-up care and observation.
  • Gives instruction and explanation of test procedures and purposes to resident.
  • Takes vital signs, weights, intake and output measurements.
  •  Performs finger sticks as assigned, reports results, and documents results in computerized record.
  • Performs a wide range of treatment procedures that includes topical medications, using hot and cold backs, changing dressings, giving enemas, monitoring fluids, insertion of urethral catheters, irrigation of catheters, caring for residents in isolation, and setting up and giving treatments that require auxiliary equipment such as oxygen and suction.  Recognizes untoward symptoms and significant change in condition and initiates appropriate action.
  • Maintains a clean, orderly, and safe, environment on unit.  Institutes, maintains and observes isolation procedure.   Assists in maintaining resident and unit safety by rounding per unit policy, checking residents for contraband according to hospital policy, maintains the unit free of clutter and assists in maintaining resident confidentiality by logging off computer.
  • Observes, reports, and documents all pertinent data regarding physical and emotional status of residents.
  • Reiterates and reinforces instruction for resident and/or family members that were previously presented by interdisciplinary team or member. 
  • Assists in determining educational needs of resident, and in developing and providing appropriate instruction for procedures, treatment, disease processes, or use of equipment.








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  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by Title 38, United States Code (38 U.S.C.)


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Applicants 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, or patient care facility, or in such work as that of a home health aide performing duties such as: Perform a very wide range of resident personal care, diagnostic services, treatment and charting activities on a regular and continuing basis in a short rehabilitation or long term care ward.


To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) associated with Nursing Assistant responsibilities .

  • Knowledge and ability to perform basic nursing care duties
  • Skill in the operation of a wide range of medical equipment
  • Ability to maintain a safe and clean environment
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Knowledge of infection control, universal precautions and proper body mechanics






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


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:  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



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.


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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 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:


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.




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.








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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 ( 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: 877692.  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, May 10, 2013.


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 (required).

  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Link to OF-306 – Declaration for Federal Employment:  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

    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.


Phone: (650)493-5000x63951
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Palo Alto HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Palo Alto Health Care System
Palo Alto, CA
94304 Fax: (478)757-3144


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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