Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant - Community Living Center in Livermore, California
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
11 vacancies in the following locations:
- Livermore, CA
- Menlo Park, CA
- Palo Alto, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (3 day(s) ago)
** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (17 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1826518
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.
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.
VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital with an affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine which provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties. Our Health Care System operates over 800 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary - all to serve more than 67,000 enrolled Veterans.
You can learn more about VAPAHCS by visiting http://www.paloalto.va.gov/about 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.**
If you are an internal employee (i.e., VA applicant located at the facility and/or Community Based Outpatient applicant) or VA Agency Wide employee, or current Federal employee, you should apply under the announcement VK-17-DF-1826512-BU.
NOTE: Declining to be interviews, failure to respond/accept interview attempts, or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.
Work Schedule: Varies depending on duty location, see below.
Palo Alto: 7:00am to 3:30pm; Monday - Friday.
Menlo Park: 7:30am to 4:00pm; dependent upon patient care needs, may need to rotate to nights or evenings, rotating weekends for all shifts.
*Livermore: *7:30am to 4:00pm; dependent upon patient care needs,rotating weekends for all shifts.
RELOCATION INCENTIVE /RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE/MOVING EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED.
The Extended Care Certified Nursing Assistant (NA) is a key member of the Community Living Center (CLC) treatment team. The role of the NA is to perform a very wide range of resident personal care, diagnostic services, treatment and charting activities on a regular and continuing basis in a short stay rehabilitation or long-term care ward. The incumbent performs duties in such a way as to promote a sense of worth and dignity for the individual. Nursing, Long Term Care serves the Community Living Centers at Menlo Park and Livermore as well as Sub acute and Hospice at Palo Alto.
* The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:*
- Provide physical care and/or assistance to patients including bathing, showering, shaving, grooming, feeding, ambulating, weighing, positioning patients with prescribed physical limitations.
- Observation of resident with medical or mental disabilities.
- Take as assigned patient load and assume care for more complicated patients (e.g, dressing changes).
- Transferring and transporting patients to test/procedures via gurneys and wheelchairs.
- Not Required
- Must pass pre-employment examination and drug testing
- 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: 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 as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
- Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
- 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.
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: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:
GS-3* Nursing Assistant*
A) Experience and Education:None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-4 Nursing Assistant
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. *NOTE: TRANSCRIPT(S) MUST BE SUBMITTED IF EDUCATION IS BEING USED TO QUALIFY. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S) ARE OK.
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs).
- KSA 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.
- KSA 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.
- KSA 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.
- KSA 4 - Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals.
GS-5 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.
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. *NOTE: TRANSCRIPT(S) MUST BE SUBMITTED IF EDUCATION IS BEING USED TO QUALIFY. CONFERRAL OF DEGREE(S) EARNED SHOULD BE PRESENT ON TRANSCRIPT(S). UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S) ARE OK.
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs).
- KSA 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.
- KSA 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.
- KSA 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 Nurse Assistant Qualification Standard GS-621, dated March 12, 2015, http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf
NOTE: 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.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: This position requires walking, standing, and sitting for long periods of time. Incumbent will be climbing stairs, lifting up to 50 pounds, use dexterity of the hand and wrist and arm strength to perform dispensing of medication orders.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
What To Expect Next
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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.**
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.
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: $32,403.00 to $52,906.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0621-03/05
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 453522400
Job Announcement Number: VK-17-DF-1826518-BU