Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: June 13, 2021
This is an open continuous announcement. Applications will be
accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be
considered as vacancies become available. As vacancies occur the
schedule, shift and appointment type may change, the current
available positions will be discussed during your interview.
These Nursing Assistant positions are located at the Western New
York VA Medical Center in Buffalo, NY.
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- Provides direct care for complex veterans.
- Makes observations of subtle changes in resident's condition,
i.e. behavior shifts, mood, skin coloring, appetite, etc. and takes
action accordingly within the NA's assigned role.
- Documents care given, observations and responses on appropriate
tools or forms.
- Responds appropriately to subtle patient changes by contacting
the appropriate nursing personnel.
- Monitor and documents patient intake and output reports
deviations timely and accurately.
- Performs nursing procedures within scope of practice and
according to policies and standard procedures to care for the
veteran for such procedures but not limited to: care simple
dressing, application of braces and prosthetic devices.
- Performing and documenting prescribed medical treatment and
interventions for patients, such as diabetic urine testing and
blood testing, simple dressing changes.
- Works on small group activities with veterans/residents
according to the patients/resident treatment plan.
- Recognizes the residents' autonomy and promotes independence by
means of respect, limit setting and individualized treatment.
- Actively participates in Treatment Planning Meetings.
- Utilizes equipment to promote the veteran self-care, such as;
lift equipment, hydro sound tubs, and veteran/resident wandering
- Verbally provides patient information to the treatment team for
inclusion in the veteran/residents' plan of care, participates in
treatment team meetings for resident care planning.
- Enters information about the residents' condition in the chart,
utilizing appropriate formats.
- Participates in maintaining a clean, safe environment for the
- Removes defective equipment, reports hazards, observes safety
regulations, contributes to infection control, and utilizes proper
aseptic technique in performance of duties.
- Serves as the unit safe patient handling liaison.
- Serves as preceptor and mentor to other NA's.
- Orients members of the health care team to the units as
- Functions as a member of the unit base counsel.
- Manages distributed patient behavior and by appropriately
intervenes and request assistant from other health care
- Appropriately initiates basic life support, takes actions
Work Schedule: Night Tour, 7:30pm - 8:00am, to include weekends
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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
- 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: Must be proficient in spoken and written
English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3,
section A, paragraph 3j.
- Education: 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 which
resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant may also
meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.
GS-3 Nursing Assistant: Nothing beyond the indicated basic
GS-4 Nursing Assistant: Experience: One year of specialized
experience as a CNA 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 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
GS-5 Nursing Assistant: 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 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 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: Nursing Assistant, VA HANDBOOK 5005/71, PART II,
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.
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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