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Job Title:Nursing Assistant (Hospital Wide)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:CIH-13-891238-HMG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,990.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, May 13, 2013 to Tuesday, May 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0621-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Des Moines, IA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Full and Part Time Positions available!

JOB SUMMARY:

 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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

 

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

DUTIES:

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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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • English language proficiency

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Qualifying experience for the GS-4 level includes six (6) months general experience and six (6) months specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-3 level.

General Experience is defined as: (l) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

Specialized Experience: 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 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

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:   the experience requirements for the GS-4 level may be met by 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.

COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:   equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying.

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


BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • English language proficiency

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Qualifying experience for the GS-4 level includes six (6) months general experience and six (6) months specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-3 level.

General Experience is defined as: (l) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

Specialized Experience: 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 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

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:   the experience requirements for the GS-4 level may be met by 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.

COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:   equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying.

 

GS-5: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level OR a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree from 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 OR Equivalent combinations 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 l year of specialized experience. For example: The position to be filled is a Nursing Assistant, GS-5. An applicant has 8 months of GS-4 level specialized experience and 80 semester hours of college. The applicant meets 67 percent of the required experience and 33 percent of the required education (i.e., 20 semester hours in excess of the first 60 semester hours). The applicant meets 100 percent of the total requirements and is qualified for the position. At least 8 of the 20 semester hours must be directly related to the work of the position.

 

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


References: U.S. Office of Personnel Management Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions and the Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-621: Nursing Assistant Series.   This standard is available for review in the local HR Liaison Office.   You may also access this standard through the internet at the following address:   http://www.opm.gov/qualifications


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: 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.

PHYSICAL STANDARDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS RELATING TO THE ABILITY TO FUNCTION IN THE ROLE:

-Heavy lifting 50 pounds and over

-Heavy carrying 50 pounds and over

-Straight pulling (1-2 hours)

-Pushing (1-2 hours)

-Walking (2-4 hours)

-Standing (2-6 hours)

-Use of fingers

-Both hands required

-Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously

-Near vision correctable

-Far vision correctable

-Depth perception

-Hearing (aide permitted)

-Work closely with others, as well as, protracted or irregular hours of work

-Use stretchers to transfer patients and use patient lifts, if applicable


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.


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://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

RATING AND RANKING PROCEDURE:  Rating and ranking of candidates will be accomplished in accordance with procedures indicated in Article 22 of the VA and AFGE Master Agreement.  All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of education and experience appropriate to this position.  Only education and/or experience acquired by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

 

The Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) technique will be used in the interview process for this position.  When a PBI panel is used, employees may request to have a union observer present.  Employees may refer to www.va.gov/pbi/ for information about PBI and how to prepare for the interview.  Printed reference materials on PBI are also available from Human Resources

 

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

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

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, May 28, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (preferred).

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.


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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 891238.
  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, May 28, 2013Tuesday, May 28, 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Recruitment
Phone: (515)699-5627
Fax: (515)699-5468
Email: VHACIHRECRUITMENT@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
Nursing Professional Community
3600 30th Street
Des Moines, IA
50310 Fax: (515)699-5468

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:

CIH-13-891238-HMG

Control Number:

343447700