Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant (Med-Surg) in Portland, Oregon

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

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (8 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1822017

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.**



For more information on the “Who may apply” eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

The incumbent serves as a clinic patient advocate by answering patient inquiries and resolving patient concerns at a local level. He/she acts as patient advocate to assure appropriateness and quality...acts as a patient guide and advocate, assisting the patient in seeking information, assuring that the patient has the opportunity for informed consent for treatment decisions, and promoting our core I CARE values: to act with Integrity and Commitment, to Advocate for Veterans, to show Respect to all, and to pursue Excellence.


The Nursing Assistant works within Inpatient & Emergency Services Division of the VA Portland Health Care System. Under the supervision of the RN, the incumbent of this position assumes responsibility for assigned patients. The nursing assistant will provide assistance with bathing and personal hygiene needs, shower or bed bath, shaving, nail care, toileting, and activities of daily living. Drains catheter bags, sets up meal trays and assists with feeding, monitors and documents food/fluid intake and output, and turns and re-positions bedridden patients regularly to prevent skin breakdown. Uses appropriate safe patient handling equipment for patient turns, re-positioning and transfers to minimize risk of injury to patient and self. Keeps patient areas clean and tidy, removes excess clutter, and makes beds. Answers the call light and does bedside rounding. Room set up for admission, and breakdown for discharges. At all times demonstrates effective and professional communication skills with the patient and family, especially with clients experiencing behavioral issues, depression, anger, irritation, suicide ideation, substance abuse with-drawl and pain or discomfort. Identifies and reports data relative to more complex patient situations including subtle changes in patients' behavior or condition, or variances related to neurological signs, vital signs, and other parameters.

Takes direction and assists nurses in the care and treatment of the ill receiving medical, surgical, psychiatric, or outpatient treatment. Observes and reports to the professional nurse changes in patient vital signs, behavior, attitude, bodily complaints and appearance. Provides nursing treatment for acutely ill patients whose needs require advance skill such as placing patient on cardiac monitor, taking EKG's.

Assists nurse in the performance of bedside diagnostic examinations and therapies by ensuring patient privacy, setting up with equipment and supplies and performing duties such as monitoring vital signs, preparing and position the patient, or by performing a variety of routine diagnostic tests. Teaches patient and family members the necessity to continue recommended therapeutic procedures for proper health care. Provides specific health information based on patient's condition, e.g., acceptance of limited physical mobility, proper body mechanics, pre and postoperative breathing techniques, etc. Refers inquiries as appropriate to professional nurses and other members of the interdisciplinary team.

This job announcement opportunity includes Nursing Assistant positions for the Medical-Surgical Units only.

Work Schedule:

7:00 AM - 7:30 PM

7:00 PM - 7:30 AM

Various tours of duty will be available, to include day and night shifts

Shifts may include weekends

Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant

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.
  • English language proficiency, written and spoken.
  • One year of education above high school with courses related to the CNA occupation.
  • You must pass the physical standards for this position.

Preferred Experience:

  • Preferred candidates will have 6 months of hospital nursing assistant experience
  • Certified Nursing Assistants will be the preferred candidates
  • Preferred candidate will have medical terminology knowledge and experience

Grade Determinations:


GS-3 Nursing Assistant:

Experience-6 months of experience as a Nursing Assistant or in another medical field;


Education-1 year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation;

GS-4 Nursing Assistant:

Experience-1 year of experience as a Nursing Assistant or in another medical field;


Education-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;

GS-5 Nursing Assistant:**

Experience- One year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-4 level;


Education- 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:The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-5. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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.

References: *VA Handbook 5005 - *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 EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS: The physical requirements for this position in accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).] requires performance of work which involves moderate Lifting (15-44 pounds); moderate carrying (15-44 pounds); straight pulling (1 hours); pushing (1-2 hours); reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; both hands requiresd walking (3 hours); standing (4-6 hours); repeated bending (2 hours); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordinating simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 1"'; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability 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.

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at .

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: $26,813.00 to $44,342.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-03/05

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens may apply; however, first consideration will be given to Veterans with preference

Control Number: 452981600

Job Announcement Number: VS-17-MEM-1822017-BU