Overview

Summary

The Nursing Assistant is an integral part of the care team in providing care to the veterans that the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital serves.

A recruitment incentive has been authorized for highly qualified full-time/part-time (not intermittent) individuals.

If you are not a current, permanent VA Nationwide Employee, you should apply under the announcement CAZP-11793653-23-CG

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Duties

VISN 12 is committed to fostering and sustaining an environment which celebrates diversity, provides equitable opportunities for employment and promotion, and supports inclusiveness in our culture. Together, we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that promote professional growth and teamwork, and are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We embrace our differences as individuals and unite as a team toward a common goal: to serve our nation’s Veterans.

NA/HUC is responsible for day-to-day flow of the unit. Duties include but not limited to answering and directing phone calls, maintaining accurate records in the Electronic Health Record (EHR), ensuring flow of the unit through admissions and discharges, maintaining supply on the unit, assistance to tasks needed by Interdisciplinary Team, etc. Specific performance standards for clerical duties include.

Major Nursing Assistant duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assists or provides patients with personal hygiene, i.e., bathing, shaving, teeth brushing, nail care, hair combing, etc.
  • Provides patients with the appropriate level of assistance with activities of daily living, bathing, dressing, transferring, ambulating, feeding, and toileting.
  • Obtains blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and blood glucose (finger stick) and records them appropriately in the medical record.
  • Weighs patients and records them appropriately in the medical record.
  • Assists during emergency treatment situations obtaining equipment as necessary and running errands as needed.
  • Maintains positive and constructive professional working relationship with patients, families, medical staff, volunteers, and co-workers.
  • Transports patients as assigned off the unit for various diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.
  • Assists the team in reinforcing educational needs with patients.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, such as phlebotomy and 12-Lead EKGs.
  • Understands and demonstrates behavior that reflects that each patient is an individual with needs that vary, particularly according to his/her age.
  • Understands the appropriate body mechanics to safely move patients using a variety of lifts/transfer devices.
  • Applies and operates specialized equipment for residents (patients), e.g., prosthetic appliances, patient mobility devices, etc.
  • Recognizes and reports potential safety hazards.
  • Initiates emergency measures to protect patients.
  • Maintains patient rooms and unit areas in a clean and orderly fashion.
  • Participates in problem-solving activities to maintain a safe environment
  • Assists in provision of a safe environment for patients with memory deficits, orientation problems and acting-out behavior.
  • Cleans various pieces of patient equipment as needed and directed by responsible nurse.
  • Select Nursing Assistants will be trained to perform Health Unit Coordinator tasks and will manage patient admissions, discharges, post discharge appointments, and other clerical tasks.

Major Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) duties include, but are not limited to:NA/HUC is responsible for day-to-day flow of the unit. Duties include but not limited to answering and directing phone calls, maintaining accurate records in the Electronic Health Record (EHR), ensuring flow of the unit through admissions and discharges, maintaining supply on the unit, assistance to tasks needed by Interdisciplinary Team, etc. Specific performance standards for clerical duties include.

  • Appropriately and accurately applies the concepts, measures, principles and duties of a Health Unit
  • Coordinator (HUC) in accordance with established guidelines.
  • Appropriately applies Patient Safety Goals for identifying of patients, use of abbreviations, reporting clinical information, universal protocols, and patient injury prevention.
  • Appropriately and accurately coordinates with other services and employees in the clerical management and processing of patients into and throughout the hospital in accordance with established procedures.
  • Appropriately maintains a functional, clean, organized administrative work area.
  • Accurately completes assignments in a timely and efficient manner and appropriately prioritizes the sequence of tasks to meet patient needs.

Work Schedule: Full-Time; Monday-Friday; 7:30am-4:00pm {HUC}

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: Not a virtual position.

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Relocation Incentives: Not Authorized

Recruitment Incentives: Authorized for highly qualified full-time/part-time (not intermittent) individuals

Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) – See “Additional Information” below for details.

Qualifications

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.

  • English Language Proficiency. NAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
  • Education or Training: One year above high school with courses related to the NA 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.

May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Grade Determinations:

S-3
Grade Determinations:

  • Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements.
  • Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.

GS-4 Grade Determinations:

  • Experience. 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,

  • Education. 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 a program for psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technicians (transcripts required);

AND (d) Assignment. Individuals assigned as GS-4 NAs are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised. NAs at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist higher graded NAs, licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other patients/residents who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The significant factor is that they provide care under close supervision and refer issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NAs or other healthcare professionals. 2. In this role, the Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher graded [NAs], licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care, or other patients who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The Nursing Assistant in this role provides care under close supervision and refers issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NAs, or other healthcare professionals.

  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
  • 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
Grade Determinations:

  • Experience. One year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-4 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (c) below;

OR,

  • Education. 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 (transcripts required);

AND (d) Assignment. This is the full performance level for NAs. NAs at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other patients/residents who are in acute, sub-acute or chronic states of illness. The distinguishing factor is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. NAs at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role.

  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
  • 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.

Preferred Experience: 1-year of direct patient care in the acute care setting

References: VA Directive and Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46; Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard

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.

Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, kneeling, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual, capable of working effectively in stressful situations, and able to shift priorities based on patient needs. This position requires flexibility in schedule and assignments. The incumbent may rotate on weekends and all tours as needed to meet unit and patient/resident care needs.

Education


IMPORTANT:
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or 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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

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

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.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

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William S Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

2500 Overlook Terrace

Madison, WI 53705

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