Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant, Primary Care (Escort Service) Temple in Temple, Texas

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Central Texas Health Care System is located in Temple, Texas, which is centrally located between Austin and Dallas. It is one of the VA's largest integrated health care systems with facilities in Austin, Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, Bryan-College Station and Waco. Texas has No State Income Tax. 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 incumbent will be assigned to Escort Section of Nursing Service at Temple, TX. Transferring patients and objects are primary duties for this position, including transferring patients to and from wheelchairs, gumeys, beds, and chairs and moving them throughout and between the medical care facilities. Transports adult and geriatric patients to and from units, clinics, and facilities with CTVHCS and the local community. Safe Patient Handling equipment will be used as appropriate. The position requires driving throughout CTVHCS for patient transfer.

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Responsibilities

This is a Bargaining Unit Position.

Must possess and maintain unrestricted and valid driver's license to operate a Government Vehicle

*TOUR OF DUTY: *Unit is operational seven (7) days a week, 24 hours/day including holidays. Rotation of tours will be required; 7:00 am - 3:30 pm, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, 3:30pm - Midnight and 11:00pm to 8:00am.

The Nursing Assistant, Primary Care (Escort Service) provides safe patient transport services to patients in the in-patient setting, Community Leaving Centers (CLC) settings, and to qualified veterans in the Central Texas Health Care Systems catchment area.

The Nursing Assistant (NA), Primary Care (Escort Service) performs duties under the direct supervision of a registered nurse and or Licensed Vocational Nurse. Provides patient care which is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional, spiritual, chronological, recreational, and diversional needs of the adult (ages 17-59) or geriatric (ages 60+) patient. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the changes associated with aging and demonstrates the ability to provide care based upon age related factors as specified on competence assessment checklist.

  • Performs personal care by completing, encouraging, supervising, or assisting the patient in activities of daily living.

  • Gives attention to details of care.

  • Assists patients with nutritional intake, including documentation of intake.

  • Provides post mortem care.

  • Collects and transports specimens as needed.

  • Completes and records intake and output computations, including amount of intravenous fluid intake.

  • Performs a wide range of treatments/procedures as directed for adult and geriatric patients who are medically, surgically, and/or psychiatrically ill.

  • Observes, monitors, communicates, and documents care given, reports status of patients and changes noted to the registered nurse.

  • Recognizes emergency situations (i.e., codes, disasters, fire and safety issues) and takes appropriate and immediate action.

  • Successfully performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver.

  • Completes assignments in accordance with instructions and the patient's treatment plan.

If patient needs arise, the incumbent of the above positions may be reassigned within Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.

Qualifications Preferences:

  • Prior experience with transfers of Veterans by Escort or Volunteer Services

  • Prior experience with dispatching or coordination of multiple move requests

  • Prior experience with transfers of non-ambulatory Veterans

  • Prior experience with Oxygen therapy, Oxygen set-up, and transports using ongoing Oxygen therapy

  • Prior experience with overhead lift assist devices, Hoyer lifts, or other mechanical or manual Veteran transfer devices

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Central Texas Veterans HCS Facility Employees (First Area of Consdieration), VA Wide, other Federal Agencies Employees and US Citizens.

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • 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.
  • Financial Disclosure not Required
  • Must possess a valid drivers license.

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 to complete job assignments. CTVHCS is a lift assist facility, but there may be times in this position where lifting greater than 35 pounds is required.*

Qualifications

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 as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience/requirement for GS-3.
  • Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
  • NAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3).

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:

(1) GS-3 NA (Entry Level)

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

(b)* Assignments:* Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs 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;

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) Demonstrated 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 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.

(d)* Assignment*

(1) Individuals assigned as GS-4 NAs are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised. NAs at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist higher graded NAs, licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team 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 significant factor is that they provide care under close supervision and refer issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NAs or other healthcare professionals.

(2) In this role, the Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher graded NA's, licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living, care, or other patients who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The Nursing Assistant in this role provides care under close supervision and refers issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded NAs, or other healthcare professionals.

(3) 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:

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 health care or possession of a bachelor's degree; AND

(c)* Demonstrated KSAs*

(1) Ability to assist in the full range of nursing care to patient/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) Assignments: This is a 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.

References: VA Handbook 500/71, Part II, Appendix G46 , (also available in the local Human Resources Office)

Education

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.

Additional 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.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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.**

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Application 10-2850a is required to be considered for this position. Please complete form in its entirety. If you answer "YES"to questions 30 through 38, please attach a separate sheet of paper with a brief explanation for each question to which you answered "Yes". Incomplete applications will be ineligible for consideration.

  • Other - VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf

CSC Form 665 -Ability to Drive Safely *(Available at http://www.chillicothe.va.gov/careers/CSCForm665.pdf *

  • Resume: *Your resume must include the following information for each job you list:*Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses ; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time or part-time status, PRN (include hours worked per week)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants (if applicable):

  • DD-214 – If claiming Veteran's Preference

  • Other Veterans Document – VA Rating Letter

  • SF-50 – If current Federal Employee

  • Cover Letter – Optional

  • OF-306 – Optional


  • SF-15** - Optional

  • Transcript** - optional

Please use this checklistto make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2013273.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides 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.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Valerie M. Rice
Phone

(254)743-1029

Email

VALERIE.RICE@VA.GOV

Address

VHA Central Texas HCS Temple Human Resources 05 Temple, TX

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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.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/480015000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/10/2017 to 10/25/2017

Salary: $26,150 to $42,702 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 03 - 05

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent - Excepted Service Permanent