Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant (Various Locations)-External in Castle Point, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Many vacancies in the following locations:
  • Castle Point, NY
  • Montrose, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 7/28/2016 (86 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 1/27/2017 (97 day(s) away)

Job Overview

This is an open continuous announcement for six months. As vacancies arise- positions will be filled with qualified applicants in various locations on various shifts. The Nursing Assistant (NA) performs a range of patient/resident care activities on medical, Mental Health, Community Living Center (CLC), E-2 medical unit and Outpatient clinics within the Hudson Valley Health Care System.

*The First Cut Off Date to be considered for current vacancies is: 8/11/2016. The first certificate of eligible applicants will be issued to the selecting official on 8/11/2016-15 days from the opening date (7/28/2016) of this announcement for current vacancies. Subsequent certificates will be issued until current vacancies are filled and/or new vacancies arise, until the closing date (1/27/2017). *

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1763150

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The VA Hudson Valley Health Care System (VA HVHCS) is currently recruiting Nursing Assistants for various locations at both the Montrose and Castle Point Campus. *Nursing Service provides a team of health care providers caring for a diverse age range of Veterans admitted to our facility at various stages of life. The Nursing Assistant (NA) performs a range of patient/resident care activities on medical, mental health, Community Living Center (CLC) and Outpatient clinics within HVHCS. *This is an External US Citizens Announcement. Current Hudson Valley VA employees should apply under VIN 1763133 .

VA Hudson Valley Health Care System is located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, New York, surrounded by amazing hiking, biking and walking trails as well as a host of wonderful outdoor activities including activities on the Hudson River. The Hudson Valley is a hotbed for culture – art, music, literature and more -- in towns, like Woodstock, Bethel, Rye, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Cold Spring and more. With historic locations like Hyde Park (home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt), Newburgh (the site of one of George Washington's Headquarters during the revolution) and the historic U.S. Military Academy, the area offers an abundance of single-person and family activities. In addition to the natural splendor of the area, VA Hudson Valley is also located 38 miles (a one-hour train ride) from New York City, home of the New York Yankees, Broadway shows, amazing museums and restaurants and so much more; a four-hour drive from Boston; and a 6-hour drive to Washington D.C. VA Hudson Valley 1,600 employees are committed to the more than 150,000 Veterans we serve in the region and look forward to the Hudson Valley as a backdrop for all we do each day.

**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.


The Nursing Assistant will participate in Veteran's Centered Activities that supports a personal preferences proactive approach. Maintain positive patient/resident/family relationships, which include recognizing and understanding the effect of social and spiritual factors. Provide patient/resident personal hygiene care by giving assistance with toileting, bathing, hand/finger nail care, foot care, oral hygiene, backrubs, shampoos, and shaves. Provide for activities of daily living by assisting with serving meals, feeding patient/resident as necessary; providing fresh water and nourishment between meals; ambulating, turning, and positioning patient/residents as needed. Provide patient/resident comfort by utilizing available resources and materials; escorting patient/residents within VA HVHCS and to other VA facilities for appointments/transfers where indicated; answering patient/residents' call lights and requests; reporting observations of the patient/resident to nursing supervisor; communicating with patient/resident; utilizing de-escalation skills, when needed. Document actions, observations, and education provided by completing forms, reports, and records in CPRS NA care. Maintain work operations by following policies and procedures. Protect organization's value by keeping patient/resident information confidential. Travel between both to the Montrose and Castle Point Campus may be required. Positions available at both Campuses.

Relocation expense are not authorized for this position.

Work Schedule: Various shifts

Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant GS-3 to GS-5

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Ocassional Travel may be required to both the Montrose and Castle Point Campuses
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.
  • FORM VA-10-2850c Must be submitted to be considered

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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 which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
  • Physical Standards
  • * *English Language Proficiency
  • 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 re-entry to the occupation.

Preferred Experience: Certification as a Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Basic Life Skills (BLS) preferred.

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.

Grade Determinations:

a. Creditable Experience

(1) Knowledge of Current Practice: To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the current practice.

(2) Quality of Experience: To be creditable, CNA experience must be documented on the application or resume and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.

(3) Part-Time Experience: Part-time experience as a CNA is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a CNA employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

b. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

(1) GS-3 NA (Entry Level)

(a) Experience and Education: None beyond the basic requirements.

(b) Assignment: Individuals assigned as GS-3 CNAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.

(2) GS-4 NA

(a) 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;


(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;


(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

GS-5 NA (Full Performance Level)

(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;


(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 Bachelor's Degree;


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

(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.


U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards Handbook, Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements for Nursing Assistant Series, 621. You may also access this standard through the internet at the following address: 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.

In addition to submitting your resume/CV and other required forms (see how to apply): Mandatory Form-You will not be considered for the position without submitted the VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (REQUIRED). Available at the VA Forms website:

Physical Requirements:

The physical requirements of this position include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), pulling, pushing, repetitive motion and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking, depth perception , hearing (aide permitted); near/far vision correctable to meet Driver's License requirements. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials.

Work requires extensive walking, standing, stretching and bending in caring for patients in wards.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points

can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Applications of eligible candidates will be referred as received beginning on April 4, 2016. Referrals will continue until the vacancy is filled.

All applicants may receive consideration for six months from the date of application. If you wish to be considered after that time, and the announcement is still open to receive applications, you must re-apply to indicate your continued interest.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides 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: $29,073.00 to $47,468.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-00/00

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 446015300

Job Announcement Number: VHA620-2016-184-1763150