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This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Southeastern Region, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 16), Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, Nursing Service, New Orleans, Louisiana. The work involves personal patient care, supporting diagnostic procedures, technical nursing treatments, patient charting and patient teach If you are not a federal employee, apply to CBST-11300626-22-DW. 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: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this par 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 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 Grandfathering Provisions. All Nursing Assistants employed in VHA on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the series and grade held that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: (1) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. (2) If an employee who was retained (grandfathered) under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status of the grandfathering provision and must meet the full VA qualification standard basic requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. Grade Determinations: GS-5 NA (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 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; AND In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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. Preferred Experience: N/A References: VA Handbook 5005/81 Part II Appendix G46 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS5. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over Pulling hand over hand2-4 hours Pushing Reaching above shoulder Use of fingers Both hands required Standing Walking Repeated bending Both legs required Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4 Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other Ability to distinguish shades of colors Hearing (aid permitted) emotional stability mental stability ["This is an Open Continuous Announcement until 9/30/2022. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred on a rotating basis until a selection is made or until 9/30/2022. Duties include but are not limited to: Performs delegated tasks appropriate to the care of patients\nFunctions as a member of a clinical team to provide health care support to include but not limited to screening and data collection regarding patient's complaints, provide basic patient care, phlebotomy, and transport of patients. Practices good infection prevention control procedures and techniques and will be familiar with the care and operation of any equipment necessary in the performance of duties. Assist Registered Nurses (RN) with data collection needed to complete assessment of patients upon triage/admission. Assist the RN with data collection and direct care of patients as instructed by the RN. Monitors patients awaiting assessment and report changes in their conditions and/or behavior, as well as pertinent observations and clinical data to the RN. Maintains maintenance, and operation of reusable medical equipment and other non-invasive devices utilized in the performance of their job duties. Establishes and maintains non-invasive oxygen delivery devices. Performs vital signs, intake and output, EKG's, Point-of Care (POC) testing, phlebotomy and collection and delivery of specimens according to protocol, as appropriate. Assists patients in and out of vehicles, wheelchairs, stretchers, etc., in a safe and efficient manner; and will transport unmonitored patients to procedures and/or to inpatient and/or outpatient sites of care. Provide 1:1 observation or constant observation while monitoring status designated patients awaiting transport to another level of care. Provides personal care such as bathing, shaving, mouth care, nail care and shampoo. Ambulates patients with or without assistive devices. Cares for patients on special frames/beds or with prosthetic devices. Feeds patients and administers tube feedings. Provides for bowel/bladder elimination needs. Administers enemas and inserts rectal suppositories for bowel elimination. Applies external catheters and inserts urinary catheters. Sets up and performs bladder and colostomy irrigation procedures. Maintains skin integrity by following guidelines for skin care, including turning, positioning, use of skin protectives, and pressure ulcercare. Performs dressing changes, including the application of sterile complex dressings. Suctions oral cavities and tracheostomy patients. Monitors and discontinues peripheral fluid infusions. Monitors use of oxygen and assists with incentive spirometry. Applies safety devices and locked/unlocked restraints. Assists with post-mortem care. Assists with patient teaching(inpatient) Document care given according to established medical center policies and procedures. Adheres to safety procedures, infection control and universal precautions at all times, and appropriate disposition of specimen/waste products. Recognizes emergency events or changes in patient condition requiring RN notification. Secures patient belongings according to established medical center policy and procedures. Maintains privacy and confidentiality when providing patient care. Work Schedule: Sunday-Saturday 3:00pm-11:30pm or 11:00pm-7:30am with rotating shifts\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant/PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.