The Cincinnati OH VA Medical Center is seeking well-qualified candidates for Nursing Assistants to provide personal care to assigned patients, they will provide for their comfort and safety and facilitate the function of the Nursing Service. The qualifying specialized experience includes performing non-professional nursing care work in a hospital, providing personal patient care and support duties delegated by a licensed professional (RN, LPN). Applicants pending the completion of educational, or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency. [NAs] must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Education or Training. 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 requirements for GS-3. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a Nursing Assistant is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a Nursing Assistant employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-3 Nursing Assistant (Entry Level) -Specialized Experience: Experience [and] Education. None beyond the basic requirements. GS-4 Nursing Assistant- Specialized Experience: 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 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 AND 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 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 Nursing Assistant (Full Performance Level) -Specialized Experience: 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 below 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 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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 Nursing Assistant 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, Part II, Appendix G46, Nursing Assistant qualification Standard 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: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. ["Duties and responsibilities are but not limited to: Obtain vital signs per MD orders or nurse direction: B/P, pulse, respiration, temperature, pain level and weights. Review Kardex at patient bedside with nurse every day. Receives and provides report on patients from off going or on coming nursing assistant and RN daily Obtain and Record vital signs in electronic health record every 4 hours. Perform fingerstick blood sugars, informs RN & records on bedside chart/electronic health record. Provide necessary assistance to patience as needed such as assisting with meals, bath, shower, oral care. Change linens, (occupied and/or unoccupied bed) daily and as needed. Turn/Reposition patients every 2 hours and as needed. Rounds on patients on odd or even hours coordinating with RN to provide every hour coverage Responds to all alerts and call lights when available, not just assigned patients Offers assistance to all team members when available, not just assigned patients Empty linen bags at end of shift and when full. Assist with toileting regime to prevent falls. Ambulate patients when needed. Set-up room for new admission. Obtain vital signs, weight, and pain level. Obtain height if not present on record. Strip all rooms of linens at time of discharge and write room number on EMS white board. Maintain isolation precautions. Answer RN alerts and Wandering Patient Alerts immediately. Empty urinals, Foley bags, bedside commodes, and records intake and output in electronic health record Document in patient chart every 2-4 hours daily Change batteries for Telemetry units daily and place leads on patient as instructed. Complete daily activities of daily living sheet on each patient assigned. Responds &/or Initiates Code Violet. Respond to disaster & locates disaster plan on Safety Drive. Weigh patients as needed (night shift) - cardiac patients weigh daily. Train on the virtual sitter monitor The Nursing Assistant is directed by and expected to seek guidance from the registered nurse. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (with every other weekend) Hours: (6)7:30PM-8:00AM tours and (1) 11:30PM-8:00AM every two weeks alternating weekends and holidays\nCompressed/Flexible: Available\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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