Nursing Assistant - Community Living Center-West (CLC-W) (External)
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: June 24, 2022
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a
testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for
illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be
tested will be denied employment with VA.
- 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
- Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is
a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care
- Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans
- 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.
- Creditable Experience:
- Knowledge of Current Practice: To be creditable, the experience
must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities
associated with the current practice.
- Quality of Experience: To be creditable, NA experience must be
documented on the application or resume and verified in an
employment reference, or through other independent means.
- Part-Time Experience: Part-time experience as a NA is
creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek.
For example, a NA 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
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for
employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the
grade of candidates.
- GS-5 Nursing Assistant (Full Performance Level)
- Experience: One year of progressively responsible assignments
and experience equivalent to the GS-4 level which demonstrates
knowledge, skills, and abilities as described above that are
directly related to the specific assignment.
- 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
- Demonstrated KSAs, GS-5: In addition, the candidate must
demonstrate the following KSAs:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Assignment: This is the 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
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G46
Physical Requirements: The position requires visual acuity, keen
hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This
position requires potentially long periods of continued walking,
standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing.
Transferring Veterans and objects may be required.
Work Environment: Work is in a clinical setting and involves
regular and recurring exposure to infection and contagious disease,
and exposure to potentially dangerous situations such as noxious
gases, fumes and explosives. Staff may be required to don
protective equipment in isolation situations or operative/invasive
procedures. Required to use available safe patient handling lifting
devices in all clinical areas. May also be exposed to Veterans who
are combative, secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric
IMPORTANT: A transcript or copy of your nursing assistant
certificate must be submitted with your application if you are
basing all or part of your qualifications on 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: . 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. For further information, visit: .
Receiving Service Credit or 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal
employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or
active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can
be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment
date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer
As required by , Federal employees are required to be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty
location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.),
subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you
will be required to be against COVID-19 and submit documentation of
proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will
provide additional information regarding what information or
documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally
required exception from this requirement using the reasonable
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.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do
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