Nursing Assistant - Multiple Specialties
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: June 24, 2022
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
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination
- Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is
a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care
- Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans
- Cover Letter indicating specialty area of interest
- Maintaining BLS certification is a condition of
- Must meet Education and other requirements of the position
- Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
- 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.
Experience Requirement: GS-03 Nursing Assistant:
For GS-03 Entry Level consideration: None beyond the basic
Experience Requirement: GS-04 Nursing Assistant:
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. In addition, the candidate must
demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (c) below;
(b) 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
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs).
1. Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and
contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of
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.
*Individuals assigned as GS-4 NA's are considered to be at the
intermediate or developmental level and are closely
supervised--they provide care under close supervision and refer
issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NA's or other
Experience Requirement: GS-05 Nursing Assistant:
(a) 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
(b) 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
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- 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
- 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 the need for basic life support, controlling
bleeding, and assisting with behavior crisis, etc.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is
GS-03 to GS-05.
References: Nursing Assistant Qualification Standards, VA Handbook
5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46, dated March 12, 2015. This can be
found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: In accordance with VA Handbook 5019, Part
II, Paragraph 3, II-1, 1(a), A pre-placement physical examination
to determine the physical, cognitive and emotional fitness of
candidates for appointment in VA is required, and shall be
completed prior to appointment, for all full-time individuals
appointed under 38 U.S.C., Chapter 73, for Title 38 positions.
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: .
Veterans preference will not be applied to this announcement per VA
Human Resources Management Letter Annual Determination of Staffing
Shortages dated October 26, 2021.
Testing Designated Position: 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
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional
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
NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a
condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of
Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement
that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or
obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a
face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza
vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive
may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from
federal service. HCP are individuals who, during the influenza
season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA
patients or other HCP as part of their duties. VHA locations
include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated
clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based
outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and
VA-leased medical facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and
unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid
and without compensation, full- and part-time employees,
intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors,
researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who
are expected to perform any or all of their work at these
facilities. HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents,
interns, fellows and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel
providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other
personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA
As required by , Federal employees are required to be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty
location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.),
subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you
will be required to be 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 exception from this requirement using the reasonable
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