Nursing Assistant - Medical / Surgical / Telemetry Unit

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Lebanon, PA

Posted Date 6/29/2020
Description 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?Under the supervision of a licensed registered nurse (RN), the nursing assistant (NA) functions as a member of the nursing team and assists the RN in the care of patients in acute, subacute, or chronic states of illness.

The NA delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned patients while developing technical competencies. The NA GS-0621 is a position within Patient Care Services at Lebanon Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

The primary purpose of this position is to perform a very wide range of patient personal care, support diagnostic services, and chart activities on a regular and continual basis on the Medical/Surgical/Telemetry (Med/Surg/Tele) Unit.

The incumbent performs duties in such a way as to promote a sense of worth and dignity within each individual.

Work Schedule: Days, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with weekend and holiday rotations.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship - Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education - One year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation. Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
  • English Proficiency - Nursing Assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience: 1 year of acute care Nursing Assistant experience preferred.

Grade Determinations:

None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-4, One year of specialized experience as a NA or experience in another medical field (licensed practical nurse, health technician, hospital corpsman, etc.), performing technical and nursing skills requiring knowledge of the human physical and emotional states, therapeutic communication, and technical skills required for basic and intermediate treatments OR Successful completion of 2 years above high school in an accredited institution with courses related to nursing care, health care or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position, such as education in program for psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technicians; AND
  • Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents.
  • Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/ or problems to supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Ability to properly use equipment, materials and supplies in simple diagnostic and treatment procedures such as bladder scan, continuous passive motion device, blood glucose monitoring machine, specimen collection, etc.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals.
GS-5, One year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-4 level which demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment OR Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included 24 semester hours of courses related to health care or possession of a bachelor's degree; AND
  • Ability to assist in the full range of nursing care to patients/residents with physical and/or behavioral problems in a hospital, long term care or outpatient setting under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Vocational Nurse/ Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Ability to communicate orally with patients/residents, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. This includes serving as a preceptor to new NAs by assisting with the coordination of their orientation and overseeing/assessing their practical experience while in a clinical setting.
  • Ability to recognize and react to emergent patient/resident care situations and intervene while waiting for assistance. For example, recognizing need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G46, Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS - 05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS - 03 to GS - 05.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; pushing, moderate; reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (8 hours); standing (8 hours); repeated bending; climbing; both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and 20/100 in the other; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability.

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