Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant - Telemetry Technician in Tucson, Arizona

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Tucson, AZ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 9/7/2016 (47 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1785153

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?

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. 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

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System honors America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well being. **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.

*NOTE: *Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under Job Announcement #PM-16-DT-1787720-BU


The Nursing Assistant works in the Medical/Surgical Telemetry Unit of the Nursing and Patient Care Services located at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System. The primary purpose of this position is to perform a very wide range of patient personal care, support diagnostic services, and chart activities on a regular and continual basis on a surgical, medical, neurological, rehabilitation, psychiatric or long term care ward or clinic. The Nursing Assistant performs duties in such a way as to promote a sense of worth and dignity within each individual.

  • Tele-tech experience preferred, but will train a highly qualified candidate.
  • Support diagnostic procedures.
  • Assist with technical nursing treatments.
  • Provide care that incorporates the age, gender, cultural and learning needs of patients requiring basic planning and evaluation of care.
  • Apply infection control measures appropriately in delivering care.
  • Adhere to ethical principles and standards in delivering care.
  • Enter information into patients records/charts.
  • Apply knowledge and skill core competencies of the assigned unit to patient care.
  • Use effective communication skills with co-workers to achieve desired patient outcomes.
  • Provide teaching to patients.

Work Schedule: Various schedules, 0730-2000 or 1930-0800

Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant, GS-0621-00

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.
  • 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 the full 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.

Preferred Experience: Certification preferred but NOTrequired

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:

GS-3 N/A (Entry level)

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

(b.)Assignments - Individuals assigned as GS-3, NA' are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.


(a.)Experience - One year of specialized as a Nursing Assistant 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 skill required for basic and intermediate treatment; or

(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; AND

(c.)Demonstrate Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  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.

  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.

  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.

  4. Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals.

GS-5 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 OR

(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 heath care or possession of a bachelor's degree; AND

(c.) Demonstrate 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 RN, LPN or LVN.

  2. Ability to communicate orally with patients/residents, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel.

  3. Ability to recognize and react to emergent patient/resident care situations and intervene while waiting for assistance. Example, recognizing need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/81 PART II APPENDIX G46 II NURSING ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-621at 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:The work involves long periods, up to twelve hours, of moving about and between the work units. The work requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, lifting, twisting, pulling, pushing, and repositioning patients, or similar activities without limitation. Must be able to lift and/or move heavy objects over 45 pounds. Must be able to carry objects over 45 pounds for distances of at least 200 feet. Assignment involves positioning patients/residents and transferring them to wheelchairs, stretchers, and beds using proper body mechanics. Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and Emotional Stability. The work requires regular and recurring ability to physically control or defend against emotionally ill and psychologically unstable patients. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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 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: $25,767.00 to $42,071.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-03/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 448847700

Job Announcement Number: PM-16-DT-1785153-BU OCA