A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is authorized up to $10,000 for highly qualified candidates. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement 09/29/2023. BASIC REQUIREMENTS Citizenship: Must be a Citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Education or Training: Must possess one year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation, OR completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assistant. (TRANSCRIPTS or CERTIFICATION REQUIRED) In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must meet the following GRADE REQUIREMENTS: GS-3 Level: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-4 Level: 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 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 (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED); AND In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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 Level: 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; OR 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 In addition, the candidate must 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: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46.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. Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and lifting in the direct care of patients; some extended periods of sitting and/or standing. ["Valor Point (9A) is located within the Community Living Center and is a 40-bed unit consisting of 3 programs, Transitional Care, Geriatric Evaluation Management and Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (CIIRP). Transitional Care (19 beds) is a short stay (less than 90 day) interdisciplinary program which serves medically and psychiatrically stable veterans and provides nursing and medical care prior to their return to a community setting. This program provides wound care/healing IV therapy/TPN, various orthopedic diagnoses, respiratory care: veteran and family education and veterans waiting title 19 approval and guardianship. Geriatric Evaluation Management (10 beds) is a short stay (less than 30 day) program which provides an interdisciplinary team assessment and plan of care to assist in maintaining the geriatric veteran in the community. Veterans must be age 65 or older, be medically stable but have multiple medical, functional and psycho-social problems that could benefit from a team assessment. The Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (11 beds) is an acute care inpatient rehabilitation program providing comprehensive care by an interdisciplinary team to maximize function and abilities. This program provides an opportunity for appropriate veterans to improve deficits in mobility, self-care or safety concerns with attainable goals. Length of stay is determined by goals of care. The patient population is dynamic and complex providing opportunities for nursing staff to experience a vast amount of diagnosis and hone assessment skills. Major Duties - Nursing Assistant - 9A: Personal patient care including bathing, feeding, grooming and mobilizing with demonstration of skills which reflect the needs of the older adult. Appropriate support duties: Individualized patient care, proper implementation of policies and procedures, use of good body mechanics, and assists in application and operation of specialized functional equipment Supports duties for treatment services, such as specimen collection. Provides Veteran centric care according to the individualized care plan. Work Schedules: Full-time & Part-time available: Full Time - All shifts Part Time - PM's & NOC's Shifts: Days: 7:30am-4pm -- Weekend and Holiday Rotations - Rotations to off tours PMs: 3:30pm - Midnight -- Weekend and Holiday Rotations NOC: 11:30pm - 8am -- Weekend and Holiday Rotations *Hour/Shift preference will be discussed during interviews. *A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is authorized up to $10,000 for highly qualified candidates."]
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