Nursing Assistant - CLC-E- Rehab & Hospice OCA-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
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements
- 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 [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.
- Physical Requirements: Must pass a pre-employment physical per
VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
- 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.
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: In addition to the basic requirements for
employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the
grade of candidates.
GS-05 Nursing Assistant (Full Performance Level).
(a) Experience. To qualify at the GS-5 grade level, the applicant
must possess either 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 such as: providing a range of
patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse
care plan and recovery of patients/residents; observing
patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and
referring deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely
manner; properly use of equipment, materials and supplies in simple
diagnostic and treatment procedures such as bladder scan,
continuous passive motion device, blood glucose monitoring machine,
specimen collection and communicating effectively with
patients/residents, their families and other health
(b) 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
(c) Demonstrated 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: Nursing
Assistant Qualification Standard GS-621
The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-5 . The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is a
Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen
hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. Moderate
lifting and carrying (15-44 pounds), strait pulling, pulling hand
over hand, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers and
both hands/legs, walking and standing 12 hours, crawling and
kneeling 12 hours, repeated bending, near vision correctable at 13"
to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20
and to 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), depth
perception, ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of
colors. Transferring patients 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. The incumbent may be required to don
protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive
procedures. The incumbent is required to use available safe
patient/resident handling lifting devices in all clinical areas.
The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are
combative due to delirium, dementia, or other psychiatric
IMPORTANT: A transcript 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: .
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that
have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer
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.
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