Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.
Physical Standards: Applicants must successfully complete a pre-employment physical, including the possibility of a drug screen.
English Language Proficiency: Proficiency in the English Language is required for direct patient care positions. (P.L. 95-201)
GS-05 EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of specialized experience equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position Nursing Assistant. To be creditable this experience must have been equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: 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 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. (1) providing personal nursing care such as providing pre- and post-operative care, (2) support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, such as setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus, (3) caring for mentally ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassurance and encouragement, (4) 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: Successful completion of a 4-year post high school degree program in an accredited community college, junior college, college or university in practical nursing or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position. (Transcripts Required)
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience to meet the total experience requirements to qualify at the GS-05 level. (Transcripts Required)
Background Investigation: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
You will be rated on the following KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position.
1. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology in order to observe and report significant physiological and/or psychological changes in the patients condition, appropriately informing the nurse about progress, needs, request, and/or complaints.
2. Knowledge and skill to recognize and/or initiate basic life support for the patient in cardiac and/or respiratory arrest.
3. Knowledge and skill sufficient to use written nursing procedures and policies, operate equipment, and utilize supplies to provide nursing care for assigned patients.
4. Ability to use initiative in carrying out recurring tasks independently without specific instructions, but appropriately referring problems or deviations not covered by instruction to the professional nurse.
5. Ability to successfully communicate to co-workers and other medical center personnel; clearly and concisely in matters of patient care, in a professional, diplomatic manner.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions.
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: 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 REQUIREMENTS: This position requires regular and recurring periods of standing and walking throughout the ward. May be required to defend self and others from the physical attack of patients.
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.