Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant - Community Living Center in Bath, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Bath, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (3 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1826233

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for those who shall have borne the battle, and for their widow, and their orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

“As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to”

*Looking for a rewarding career opportunity? *

*The Bath VA Medical Center (VAMC) has been recognized as a top facility in the Nation for quality care, patient and employee satisfaction. Bath VAMC is ranked 3rd in the country (out of 141 facilities) in employee satisfaction, with employees ranking it #1 in the category of overall satisfaction. The Bath area has many cultural and natural attractions such as the Finger Lakes, Corning Museum of Glass, Watkins Glen International Raceway and local wineries. Some of the top State Parks in the United States are located here, including Letchworth State Park (voted #1 State Park in the Nation); Watkins Glen and Stoney Brook. Additionally, Bath is within a short driving distance of destinations like Niagara Falls, Toronto, Rochester and New York City. The local education system earned a Bronze ranking for academic indicators. *

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.


This position is located within Nursing Service (Community Living Center - CLC) under the Geriatrics and Extended Care Line at the VA Medical Center, Bath, New York.

  • Nursing Assistants (NA) work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and display knowledge and ability in providing a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems.

  • NA's provide personal nursing care such as support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, care for ill patients including observance, recording and reporting changes in behavior.

  • NA's provide competent personal hygiene nursing care in a variety of situations to meet patient's non-routine needs for personal hygiene, physical comfort, nutrition, elimination, rehabilitation aspects of care, etc.; takes and records vital signs and collects specimens; provides rehabilitation aspects of care, prevention of skin breakdown, may perform complex treatments relevant to area of assignment.

  • NA's assist with routine diagnostic measures such as, preparation for radiological or operative procedures; sets up patient care equipment, such as oxygen or suction equipment

  • Recognize emergent situations, participates in patient centered conferences; and performs other duties as assigned.

All direct-care staff, including Nursing Assistants can expect to float to other CLC units or change shifts as staffing needs require

Work schedule: *Full-time-* To be discussed during interview.

Salary:$32,318- $42,012. To be determined by a Professional Standards Board (Peer-to-Peer review) based on education and qualifications.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. citizenship.
  • English Language Proficiency.

GS-05 level: One (1) year of specialized experience which includes nonprofessional nursing care in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home or other medical nursing or patient care facility. To be creditable this experience must have been equivalent to the lower level in Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience includes nonprofessional nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other medical, nursing, or patient care facility, or in such work as that of a home health aide performing duties such as: Providing personal nursing care such as providing pre- and post-operative care. Support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, such as setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus Caring for mentally ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassurance and encouragement. Examples of specialized experience may include but are not limited to: entering information about the patient's condition in the patient's chart following the ward's prescribed charting technique; instructing patient on the patient's role in various procedures, covering information previously supplied by the doctor or the nurse; instructing patient on the set-up and purpose of treatment supported by auxiliary equipment such as oxygen. Instructs the patient on pre and postoperative care based on standard, general information covered with the patient previously by either the doctor or the nurse; performing a complete range of treatment procedures that includes using hot and cold packs; changing sterile dressings; giving enemas; inserting catheters; caring for patients in isolation; and setting up and giving treatments that require auxiliary equipment such as oxygen; recognizing and properly using equipment, materials, and supplies in a large variety of diagnostic and treatment procedures for the purpose of understanding and carrying out assigned instructions; observing the patient's physical and emotional reactions to hospital care and treatments for the purpose of communicating with the nursing and medical staff and making notations in the patient's record; understanding human body structure, function, illnesses and diseases, the treatment procedures, the supporting patient charting and teaching, and the goals for assigned patients for the purpose of communicating with nurses, patients and supporting medical staff; taking specimens, labeling specimens for the laboratory, etc.* OR* Successfully completed a four-year course of study above high school leading to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with courses related to the duties of this position. Transcripts are required. Education cannot be credited without documentation OR a qualifying combination of education and experience. Transcripts for the education portion of this combination are required. Education cannot be credited without documentation.

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.


* IMPORTANT: * The following link reviews MYTHS regarding hiring practices within the Department of Veterans Affairs take the time to open and review.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

Physical Requirements:Extensive periods of standing and walking; working with patients making it necessary to regularly bend, lift, and stoop, stretch and similar activities. May be scheduled to work varying hours of duty, and may, on occasion, be detailed to other patient care areas. Work Environment: *Work is performed in a medical care environment requiring normal safety and infection control precautions. May be assigned to off station trips. *Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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

Salary Range: $32,318.00 to $42,012.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-05/05

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 453480300

Job Announcement Number: 528N-17-LAB-1826233-BU