Job Overview


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 891238

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.  

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 and leadership positions 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

The VA Central Iowa Health Care System provides a full continuum of care between the Des Moines campus and our Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC’s) and is one of the Medical Centers that make up the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).  Employee selected may be expected to perform duties at other duty sites within VA Central Iowa Health Care System based on the needs of the organization.

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-5.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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


The Nursing Assistant serves as a member of an interdisciplinary treament team with an assigned patient load. The Nursing Assistant engages in direct patient care of an aging, adult population. Provides nursing care to and assistance in meeting personal hygiene and activities of daily living (ADL) needs such as bathing, feeding, oral hygiene, nail care, shaving, ambulation, turning and/or positioning, elimination, transport and transfer activities, linen changes and bed making.  Assists selected patient with rehabilitation, such as range of motion, ambulation, etc. Gathers informaiton about patient conditions and communicates information to the assigned RN.  Measure and records vital signs, intake and output, weights, heights, etc.

This position is in the AFGE bargaining unit.