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Job Title:Nursing Assistant, Community Living Center, Perry Point MD

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:H13-177-963962

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$26,599.00 to $43,427.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 to Tuesday, October 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0621-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Perry Point, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current VA Maryland Health Care System Employees only.

JOB SUMMARY:

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.  

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 963962

Come join our team and get pure job satisfaction, while caring for those who have served (or are currently serving) our country...our nation's Veterans.

The Perry Point VA Medical Center provides primary care and specialty outpatient services in a new outpatient care facility that was designed and constructed to better meet the needs of veterans by offering the latest medical technology, expanded clinical space and comfortable waiting areas and exam rooms.

The Perry Point VA Medical Center is located on a beautiful campus of approximately 400 acres on the banks of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay where patients can enjoy a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, swimming, bicycling and jogging. Plus, there is ample, free parking on the grounds.

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Top 5 reasons YOU should choose a career with VA:

5. A premium benefits package

4. A fulfilling and challenging work environment

3. Work where you want to live

2. On-the-job growth and advancement

1. To discover the career you want, for the future you deserve

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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. 

 

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.

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
  • Must be current VA Maryland Health Care System employee

DUTIES:

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As a Nursing Assistant with the VAMHCS you will perform a wide range of patient personal care, diagnostic services, treatment and charting activities on a regular and continuing basis. The incumbent delivers safe and individualized nursing care to patients with multiple and complex needs and performs in such a way as to promote a sense of worth and dignity for the individual. He/she provides care that addresses physical, emotional, rehabilitative and spiritual needs of elderly patients. Provides competent nursing tasks in a variety of situations to meet patients needs for personal hygiene, physical comfort, nutrition, elimination and prevention of skin breakdown while participating in a patient centered treatment team. The incumbent should possess basic understanding of the total patient program, understanding of simple scientific facts and principles, a broad spectrum of technical skills, adaptation of procedures to meet individual patient needs, and recognition of the relatedness of patients' behavior and physical condition.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

  • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.   

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Scope of the Examination: The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies


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GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-3

Requires 6 months of general experience OR  successful completion of a 1 year course of study above high school with courses related to the occupation  and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

 

GS-4

Requires 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience OR  successful completion of a 2-year course of study above high school with courses related to the occupation OR equivalent combinations of successfully completed related post-high school education (beyond the second year) and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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:

 

·         Recognize and properly use equipment, materials, and supplies in a large variety of diagnostic and treatment procedures for the purpose of understanding and carrying out assigned instructions

·         Observe the patient's physical and emotional reactions to hospital care and treatments for the purpose of communicating with the nursing and medical staff and making notations in the patient's record

·         Sufficiently understand human body structure, function, illnesses and diseases, the treatment procedures, the supporting patient charting and teaching, and the goals for assigned patients for the purpose of communicating with nurses, patients and supporting medical staff

·         Work consistently with personal nursing care, diagnostic support, therapeutic treatment, patient charting, and patient teaching duties. The employee recognizes the differences between patients (for example some patients may need more self-care than others) and varies the nursing care accordingly

·         Consistently provide a range of patient care and contribute to the completion of the nursing care plan and the recovery of the patient

·         Have contact with patients, nurses and doctors working in the ward and supporting personnel in Central Supply, X-ray, Pharmacy, Linen Service, etc.

·         Have contact with patients for the purpose of providing a range of nursing care. Contact with registered nurses for the purpose of providing timely information on deviations in the patient's condition. Contact with doctors to receive instructions concerning diagnostic procedures.

·         Participate in patient centered conferences/shift reports, and contributing information for the development and review of the nursing plan

·         Provide prompt and efficient intervention in emergencies such as cardiac arrest, obstructed airway, disruptive behavior and others

·         Perform and document complex nursing procedures, such as feeding by gavage or gastrostomy, care of colostomies, external trachesotomy care

·         Engage in group activities such as off-station trips, reality orientation, current events and other therapeutic groups

·        Set up patient care related equipment, such as hypothermia machines, oxygen delivery systems, portable and wall suction and assisting in monitoring proper functioning of equipment.

·         Safeguard the patient’s privacy by judiciously protecting information of a confidential nature

 

GS-5

Requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-4, see above) OR successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation OR equivalent combinations of successfully completed related post-high school education (beyond the second year) and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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:            

·         Sufficiently use the terminology for physical and emotional reactions, nursing care, types of therapeutic procedures and supporting duties for the purpose of patient charting and patient teaching

·         Perform patient care treatments such as foot soaks or changes of sterile dressings

·         Perform oral and nasopharyngeal suctioning

·         Provide direct care for complex long term residents

·         Observe subtle changes in resident's condition, i.e. behavior shifts, mood, skin, coloring, appetite, etc.

·         Accurately perform the following procedures: enemas, catheterization, colostomy care, skin care including massage and dressings, application of braces and prosthetic devices, monitoring of intake and output.

·         Lead/organize small group activities with residents  Activities may be physical or cognitive in nature.

·         Actively participate in Treatment Planning Meetings

·         Utilize equipment to promote self care, including Maxi lift, Hydrosound tubs, and Resident Wandering System

·         Participate in maintaining a clean, safe environment.  Removing defective equipment, reporting hazards, observing safety    regulations, contributing to infection control, and utilizing proper aseptic technique in performance of duties

·         Attend planned in-service programs, fire and safety training, and CPR certification class as directed

 

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

 


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.

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. http://www.sss.gov/

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

3. 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.

4. 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. 

5. Tour of Duty: Various tours and shifts per the service's needs.



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, October 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, 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:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
   ·OF-306
   ·Other (10-2850c Application)
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript


1. CV or Resume (Required) to include:

· Name of Employer;

· Month/Year to Month/Year Worked;

· Number of Hours Worked Per Week;

· A Detailed Description of your Duties Performed

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations - http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf.

3. Occupational Questionnaire (required)

4. OF-306 - Declaration of Federal Employment - http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf

5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required). 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 - http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf.

6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.

7. Other: Proof of current certification, licensure or registration; unofficial transcripts(s) –official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired; if applicable, supporting documentation from college or university, will also be necessary to prove to the hiring agency that the required educational requirements(conferral) will be met in the near future.


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 963962.
  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, October 08, 2013Tuesday, October 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 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:

Christina Van Der Werff
Phone: (410)642-2411x6689
Email: CHRISTINA.VANDERWERFF@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Maryland HCS Perry Point
PO BOX 1045 Bldg 11H
Perry Point, MD
21902
USA

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:

H13-177-963962

Control Number:

351880800