Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant - Acute and Transitional Care in Bath, New York
Summary The Acute/Transitional Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing team, assisting with ADLS to include, feeding, grooming, incontinent care, personal care, Etc. The NA will also assists with lab draws, EKG's, vital signs, documenting care, and accompany patients to medical appointments. A primary duty will be to ensure a safe environment for patients. Coordination and collaboration between the NA and all other members of the nursing team is critical. Responsibilities Duties may include however are not limited to the following: 1. Maintaining positive patient/family relationships, which include recognition and understanding of the effect of social and spiritual factors. 2. Assisting in the collection of objective and subjective data relative to more complex patient situations. 3. Participating in patient centered conference/shift reports and contributing information for the development and review of the patient care plan. 4. Maintaining a clean, safe and therapeutic environment and reporting potential/actual hazards to the registered nurse. 5. Organizing and obtaining routine supplies and equipment. 6. Assisting with routine diagnostic measures and preparation for radiological procedures, etc. 7. Performing aspects of nursing care in a variety of situations to meet patient's non-routine needs for: a. personal hygiene b. physical comfort c. activity, exercise, rest d. nutrition e. elimination f. prevention of skin breakdown g. rehabilitation aspects of care8. Recognizing and initiating emergent situations and initiating appropriate actions. 9. Performing treatments which include application of prescribed topical medications and insertion of suppositories, which are prescribed for the purpose of stimulating bowel actions. Exceptions are chemotherapeutic topical medications, debridement agents, Nitro paste and Lidocaine. 10. Responsible for the administration and documentation of treatments, which they are authorized to perform, utilizing BCMA as the documentation tool. 11. Setting up patient care related equipment such as oxygen, suction, and assisting in monitoring proper function of equipment. 12. Reporting patient status to the registered nurse and documenting pertinent information in the medical record including current status and/or subtle changes in patient biopsychosocial and spiritual status. 13. Assisting in orienting patients, family and staff to unit routines and pertinent Medical Center policies. 14. Displaying respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of the patient unrestricted by consideration of social or economic status, personal attributes, or nature of health problems. 15. Attends all mandatory reviews. Work Schedule: Shifts Vary, To be discussed at interview. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates. Requirements 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 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. 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. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. 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 BASIC REQUIREMENTS a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) b. 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. [ ] [c.] Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. [d.] 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. Preferred Experience: Long Term Care Grade Determinations: Will be made in accordance with VA HANDBOOK 5005/81 PART II APPENDIX G46 References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/81 PART II APPENDIX G46 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-05 . Physical Requirements: This 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 patients and objects may be required. Mechanical patient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Education 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: 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information 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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. 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 vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. 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. 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