Nursing Assistant (SCI)
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: May 3, 2021
Nursing Assistant on the Spinal Cord Injury Service at the
Hampton VA Medical Center, provide basic, appropriate, and
effective intervention to individual patients needs according to
established facility policies and procedures. Anticipates needs of
professional staff and works with them as a team member.
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The Nursing Assistant is responsible for providing care to
patients in a variety of settings. The purpose of the work is to
provide nursing care that covers personal care, diagnostic support
procedures, treatment procedures, patient charting, patient
teaching and monitors behaviors and environmental safety bowel and
bladder care and assisting recreation activities.
Major duties include but are not limited to the following:
- The incumbent must be able to perform with skill and
effectiveness all duties associated with nursing assistant work
under the supervision of the Registered or Licensed Practical
- The NA functions as a member of the nursing care team, assist
licensed nursing staff in the care of residents with Spinal Cord
injuries, acute to chronic conditions in the health care
- The purpose of the work is to provide nursing care that covers
personal care, diagnostic support procedures, patient charting,
patient teaching, monitoring behavior, bowel and bladder care and
- The duties may include but not limited to measuring vital signs
(to include temperature, pulse, respiration, pulse oximetry, blood
pressure, weights and pain measurement).
- Proficient with chart documentation, direct patient care
duties, patient and family teaching, and patient safety
- Performs a wide variety of duties aimed at increasing the
comfort, spirit and recovery of the patient. Records treatments and
observations in the electronic patient record.
- Recognizes and reports to the RN or provider any significant
physical, emotional or behavioral changes in the patient.
- Ensures proper specimen collection to include labeling
according to policy, handling and delivery to the laboratory.
- Transports patients and specimens to required destinations and
prepares for and assists with examinations, diagnostic and
therapeutic tests according to written procedures and
- The incumbent assists with therapeutic treatment techniques to
include conducting groups, 1:1 observations, the proper use of
restraints, aseptic and deescalating techniques.
Work Schedule: Compressed/Flexible: Days with rotation, Evening
with every other weekend and holiday rotations
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Recruitment Incentive is not authorized
This a Bargaining Unit position
0621 Nursing Assistant
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Previous
nursing assistant experience preferred.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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 in full the
experience requirements for GS-3.
- Experience. One year of specialized experience 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 skills required for basic and intermediate
- 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:
- Demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: (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. (4) Ability to communicate effectively with
patients/residents, their families and other health
GS-5 NA (Full Performance Level)
- Experience. One year of progressively responsible assignments
and experience equivalent to the GS-4 level which demonstrates
knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) that are directly related
to the specific assignment. In addition, the candidate must
demonstrate the professional KSA's in subparagraph (c) 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
- Demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:(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 Nursing
Assistants 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix, G46, Nursing
Assistant Qualification Standard.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in
the range of GS-03 to GS-05.
Physical Requirements: Rotation of tour assignments may be
necessary. The work includes: lifting, walking, pushing, stooping,
reaching, bending, and standing. There is a need to use proper body
mechanics. A variety of mechanical equipment is available to assist
in providing patient care which involves lifting, pushing, etc.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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.
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