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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Domiciliary Assistant in Bath, New York

Summary This position is located within the Behavioral VA Health Care Line at the Bath VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. The Domiciliary Assistant is responsible for addressing patient issues which might occur throughout the shift and must have clinical knowledge in order to make decisions about appropriate interventions for potential patient problems. Responsibilities The major duties include but are not limited to: Supports the operation of the domiciliary living units by providing direct patient care and administrative support to domiciliary patients; Assures patient compliance with health, safety and sanitation directives as they pertain to living quarters, treatment areas, dayrooms, etc.; Identifies safety hazards and takes steps to correct immediately; Modifies and directs patient behavior and assists in therapeutic rehabilitation programs as a member of a treatment team; Prepares forms for patient activities such as pass requests, clearance slips, Interdisciplinary Treatment Team meetings or discharge paperwork; Monitors patients and documents patient data/information pertaining to health, behavior, functioning, etc.; Monitors and directs patients on matters relating to violations of rules, regulations, policies and procedures; Refers all medical and psychiatric problems and emergencies or incidents of physical altercations and alcohol/drug intoxications to the Charge Nurse; Adheres to rules of confidentiality and protects patient privacy as outlined by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Regulations and Standards; Conducts bed checks and follows up on patients reported absent bed check; Conducts building and domiciliary area searches for missing patients when required; Breathalyzes patients returning from authorized or unauthorized absence, and patients suspected of being intoxicated; Conducts walk-through rounds of patient living areas to resolve patient issues regarding safety, health and hygiene; Conducts searches of patient locker, belongs and furnishings when there is a reasons to believe a patient has concealed a potentially harmful material or item including weapons, alcohol and/or illicit drugs; and, Performs all other duties as assigned. NOTE: The person in this position must be able to pass Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Work Schedule: Hours vary, position requires flexibility in working weekends, holidays, evenings and nights. Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to background/security investigation Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP) Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. AND In addition to the English Language Proficiency, to qualify for this position at the GS-5 level, you must meet one of the following: Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-4) in the Federal Service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Domiciliary Assistant, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is experience where you were responsible for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of patients and/or residents; recognizing, preventing and responding to patients and/or residents who are acting as a danger to themselves or others; documenting and observing patient and/or resident behaviors; and recording patient and/or resident information into manual and/or computer logs. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. OR Education: Successfully completed four (4) years of education above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. OR Combination: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education (beyond the second year) and specialized experience, as described above, which meet the total experience requirements for this grade level. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. Driver's License Requirement: This position requires driving a government vehicle to perform the official duties of the position; therefore, a current, valid, unrestricted state-issued driver's license is required and must also pass driving physical to transport Veterans. Note: We cannot accept photographs, therefore; please do not submit a copy of your license with your application package. If an interview is requested, you may be required to provide a copy of your current and valid state-issued driver's license. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Communications Customer Service Organizational Awareness Therapy and Counseling IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at Physical Requirements: The work of this position is partly sedentary. Typically, the person in this position sits comfortably to do the work; however, there will be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts, or driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work of this position. Education 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: Additional Information Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated 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 accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a VA job announcement includes language requiring applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply to this Job Announcement. VA may request information regarding your vaccination status, if selected, for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.