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Nursing Assistant- Unit 3c

Company: USAJOBS
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: November 20, 2022

Job Description:

SummaryServes as a member of a nursing team and is responsible for providing physical care for and/or assistance to patients including: bathing, showering, shaving, grooming, feeding, ambulating, weighing, positioning patients with prescribed physical limitations; maintains appropriate skin care precautions. Incumbent is clinically and administratively responsible to the Nurse Manager of the unit/ward assigned. Learn more about this agency Help Overview

  • Accepting applications
    • Open & closing dates 11/01/2022 to 11/21/2022
    • Salary $36,381 - $59,398 per year
    • Pay scale & grade GS 00
    • Help Location 1 vacancy in the following location:
      • Palo Alto, CA 1 vacancy
      • Remote job No
      • Telework eligible No
      • Travel Required Not required
      • Relocation expenses reimbursed No
      • Appointment type Permanent -
      • Work schedule Full-time -
      • Service Excepted
      • Promotion potential 00
      • Job family (Series) 0621 Nursing Assistant
      • Supervisory status No
      • Security clearance Other
      • Drug test Yes
      • Position sensitivity and risk Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
      • Trust determination process Suitability/Fitness
      • Announcement number CBCF-11711456-23-BD
      • Control number 686813400 Help This job is open to
        • Federal employees - Excepted service Current excepted service federal employees.
        • Internal to an agency Current federal employees of this agency. Clarification from the agency Open to current and permanent Federal employees. Help This job is also open in another announcement to:
          • The public Help This job is also open in another announcement to:
            • The public VideosHelp Duties Major duties Include but not limited to:
              • Assists with admissions, transfers, discharges, postmortem care and nursing care procedures specific to the ward.
              • Observes critically ill postoperative patients who have had anesthetics and/or medical patients who require constant observation. Is alert for changes in vital signs which indicate bleeding, respiratory distress, and level of consciousness. Independently performs 12 lead EKG.
              • Uses skills and knowledge of basic normal versus abnormal vital signs to adapt patient care activities, and takes and records vital signs and intakes and output and empty drains.
              • Teaches and guides patients in the development of cleanliness and sound health practices in all aspects of daily living.
              • Feed and assists patient during meals. Observes aspiration precautions. Is alert to special dietary needs and takes action according to the patient's diagnosis and behavior.
              • Supports and reinforces diet instruction such as given to diabetics and others on special diets and restrictions.
              • Uses knowledge of individual special interest and skills in guiding and motivating the patient. Assists in performing selected rehabilitation techniques such as range of motion, speech retraining, with the ultimate goal of patients return to active community living.
              • Adheres to Close Observation I Suicide Precaution Policy and Procedures when caring for patients who are deemed high risk and observes Infection Control Policies and Procedures.
              • Carries out special treatments and assists with procedures including follow-up care and observation. Gives meaningful instructions and explanations to patient regarding purposes of special diagnostic tests and procedures.
              • Administers treatments such as bowel care; reinforces instruction in colostomy irrigation, postoperative bladder irrigation, selected surgical dressings; performs bladder catheterizations; administers selected wound irrigations, nasogastric, gastrostomy, jejunostomy tube feedings and gavage; performs nasotrachealor tracheal suctioning and instructs tracheostomized patients; works closely with members of other services to provide continuity of care, and provide tracheostomy care under the direction of the professional nurse. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday with rotating weekends/holidays with flexibility to meet patient needs. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation or Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Help 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.
                  • Education or Training. 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 Language Proficiency. Nursing Assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. 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: GS-3 Nursing Assistant (Entry Level). Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements. GS-4 Nursing Assistant. 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; AND Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). The candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents. 2. Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner. 3. 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. 4. Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals. GS-5 Nursing Assistant (Full Performance Level) 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 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; AND Demonstrated KSAs: 1. 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. 2. 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. 3. 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 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46, Nursing Assistant Qualifications Standard, GS-621 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: Duties require extensive period of standing, sitting and walking. Working with patients requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching and similar activities. The employee provides physical restraints for confused or combative patients as necessary. The nursing assistant must be physically able to lift to meet the physical standards of the position as evaluated by Employee Health. 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: 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: Additional informationReceiving 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. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Read more
                    • Help A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits. Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate's abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
                      • Help A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits. Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
                      • As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 1. Resume- (Required for ALL applicants) 2. SF-50: Most recent and non-award; Substantiates current and permanent employees of the Department of Veteran's Affairs or other Federal Agency. (Required for ALL applicants) RESUME REMINDER: Even though we do not require a specific resume format, your resume must be clear so that we are able to fully evaluate your qualifications. To ensure you receive appropriate consideration, please list the duties you performed under each individual job title. If we are unable to match your experiences with the positions held, you may lose consideration for this vacancy. We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications. Your resume must include the following information for each job listed:
                      • Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
                      • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
                      • Duties (be as detailed as possible)
                      • Job title
                      • Education (degree type, college/school name, month/year degree received) Applicants are not required, but highly encouraged to submit the following document:
                        • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Required if selected)
                        • Copy of Transcripts (Transcripts will be required if selected)
                        • DD214(s) (Applicable to Veterans. Showing dates and character of service, please see Veteran's Preference Section Below)
                        • SF-15 - Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference: sf15.pdf ( (Applicable to Veterans who meet the criteria, please see Veteran's Preference Section Below) The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
                          • Cover Letter
                          • DD-214/ Statement of Service
                          • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
                          • Disability Letter (VA)
                          • License
                          • OF-306
                          • VA 102850c
                          • PCS Orders
                          • Professional Certification
                          • Proof of Enrollment
                          • Proof of Marriage Status
                          • Resume
                          • Separation Notice (RIF)
                          • SF-15
                          • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
                          • Transcript Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit Feds Hire Vets - Veterans - Job Seekers - Veterans' Preference. If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: 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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Keywords: USAJOBS, Palo Alto , Nursing Assistant- Unit 3c, Healthcare , Palo Alto, California

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