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Job Title:Nursing Assistant - Mental Health

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:KT-13-MJD-931263

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


Friday, July 26, 2013 to Thursday, August 08, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Fayetteville, AR United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 931263

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.  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 .  


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.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • 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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This position is in the Mental Health (1A) section of the Nursing Service at the VHSO in Fayetteville, AR.


Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:


1.  Bathing, personal hygiene, removal of waste products and assisting ambulation


2.  Observes patients who may be confused or have other cognitive issues 


3.  Initiates emergency action in life threatening situations


4.  Document vital signs and activities of daily living


5.  Monitoring the camera system


TOUR OF DUTY: Night shift with rotating weekends and holidays






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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 patient’s 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. 


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:  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


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 .


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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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 Thursday, August 08, 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.



APPLICATION PACKET – You must submit a complete application package. 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible for consideration due to missing documents). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions, etc.


1. Responses to the Questionnaire
2. CV or Resume (Note: If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).Your resume must have the following information for each position you have held: job title, duties, dates of employment including month and year start/end dates, and full time or part-time status with the number of hours worked each week)
3. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations
(Available at (required)
4.Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment
(Available at (required)                               
5. Copy of most recent SF-50 that shows your current title, series, grade, step salary and tenure; if applicable. If you are applying based on your employment with the Postal Service, you must submit the Notification of Personnel Action that shows your Career Appointment, effective date and a statement from your supervisor certifying the number of hours you worked per week since your Career appointment. Failure to submit this documentation may adversely impact your eligibility for consideration.(Note: If you are applying for a higher grade you must provide an SF50 or other documentation that shows you have previously met the time-in-grade requirements for the higher grade.)
5. If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD 214 that shows your character of service (i.e., Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions).
6. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, in addition to your DD 214, you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (Available at, along with the required documentation.
7. Most recent evaluated annual performance appraisal, if current Federal employee.
8. If you are applying on the basis of your education, you must submit a legible copy of your college transcript.

Application forms are available at


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 931263.

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 Thursday, August 08, 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.



Michael J. Dial
Phone: (479)443-4301x65139
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Fayetteville AR VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
Human Resources 05
Fayetteville, AR
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 qualification requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


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