Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant - US Citizens in Lyons, New Jersey

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
4 vacancies in the following location:
  • Lyons, NJ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (4 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/4/2016 (14 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1825556

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.

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 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.**

Current VA employees should apply under Vacancy Announcement Number BH-17-DSt-1824697-BU.


This Nursing Assistant (NA) position is full-time. It is located in Patient Care Services in the Nursing Home at the Lyons campus of VA NJ Health Care System. The NA performs a range of patient care duties in a variety of settings that do not require practical or vocational nursing licensure, or professional nurse education. The nursing assistant performs care as delegated by a Registered Nurse. Performs work in assisting other medical personnel in the care or treatment of patients. Assists nursing staff with direct patient care.The NA assists Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and providers in the performance of diagnostic examinations by performing duties such as vital signs, height, weight, etc.

The NA will report and document specific information i.e., (vital signs, height, weight, finger sticks) in the resident's computerized record. The NA will also listen/respond and assist in responding to patient concerns and complete walking rounds. The nursing assistant performs a wide variety of duties aimed at increasing the comfort and mental health of the patient. Performs patient care and comfort measures addressing the patient's bio-psychosocial needs, personal hygiene, physical comfort, nutrition, hydration, and safety. The NA will encourage patients with self-care and promote independence, while reporting to the Registered Nurse. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Full-Time-Day Tour with Rotation

Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant/000000

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.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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 which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
  • 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 Determination:

GS-5 Nursing Assistant:

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 below;


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;


*Demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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.

*References: Nursing Assistant, VA HANDBOOK 5005/71, PART II, APPENDIX G46. *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: *This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and moving of objects may be required.

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.

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.


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.

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-0621-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 453421900

Job Announcement Number: BH-17-DSt-1825556-BU