Nursing Assistant - Intermittent (PRN) Community Living Center
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Papillion, Nebraska
Internal Number: 697482300
The VA Community Living Center (CLC) is located inside CHI Midlands Hospital, 11111 South 84th street, 5th and 6th floors. The CLC provides services to eligible Veterans needing skilled, rehab and dementia care, ranging from 30 - 90+ days of care. The CLC is focusing on a team approach to produce specialized nursing staff, to be knowledgeable in a variety of areas from standard nursing care, wound care, rehab, pain management, restorative care, hospice care, dementia and extended care services. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/29/2023 BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (a) Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) (b) 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. (c) 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. Note: An unofficial copy of college transcripts showing completion of one year of education above high school related to the NA occupation; OR, documentation showing completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assistant is required at the time of application. GRADE DETERMINATION: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-3 through GS-5. In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the qualification criteria outlined below must be met for each grade. To receive full consideration at the GS-4 and -5 levels, your application must clearly demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) described below. GS-3 - Entry Level Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements. Individuals assigned as GS-3 NAs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised. GS-4 - Developmental Level Experience. One year of specialized experience as a NA 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 (transcripts required). AND Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents. Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner. 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. Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals. GS-5 - Full Performance Level 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 listed 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 (transcripts required). AND Demonstrated 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 Practical Nurse. 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. Preferred Experience: Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate is preferred but not required. Long-term care experience desired. References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46 ["This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 29, 2023 and may be extended until all vacancies are filled. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be January 6th, 2023. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. The VA Community Living Center (CLC) is located inside CHI Midlands Hospital, 11111 South 84th street, 5th and 6th floors. The CLC provides services to eligible Veterans needing skilled, rehab and dementia care, ranging from 30 - 90+ days of care. The CLC is focusing on a team approach to produce specialized nursing staff, to be knowledgeable in a variety of areas from standard nursing care, wound care, rehab, pain management, restorative care, hospice care, dementia and extended care services. Major duties include, but are not limited to: The Nursing Assistant (NA) will perform a wide range of resident care and supportive duties in the Community Living Center (CLC) for our Veterans, alongside the CLC RN and LPN staff. We are looking for Nursing Assistant (NA) Applicants that would like the opportunity to grow, develop, learn, and work with us. The NA responsibilities will require an exceptional degree of skill and knowledge, to appropriately provide and support patient care needs, support care plans, seeks assistance and guidance from the CLC RN/LPN or the CLC providers, updates the nurses of changes in patient's condition, and function as a valued team member in providing care for the complex aging veteran population. Demonstrate effective communication or rapport with patients, families, visitors, and the interdisciplinary team Assisting with activities related to bathing, shaving, feeding, oral hygiene, ambulation, and dressing. Assisting the RN or LPN in the rehabilitation goals, positioning patients for bedside procedures or cares, and ensuring overall safety. Promotes Veteran participation in the therapeutic community by fostering self-reliance and independence. Compliance with various isolation precautions, infection control guidelines, adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines for personal protection equipment, and swabbing. Recognizes and supports suicide prevention initiatives and works closely with the Behavioral Recovery Outreach (BRO) team. Safeguards Veteran privacy and confidentiality. Able to document the patients daily living activities in CPRS. Promotes flexibility to float to other areas in the CLC. Work Schedule: Employees serving on an intermittent basis have no regularly scheduled tour of duty. Work will be scheduled as either 8- or 12-hour shifts as needed; Sunday through Saturday; days, evenings, nights, and weekends. Additional information regarding scheduling will be discussed during the interview. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Physical Requirements: The population of male and female Veterans served range from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult; age 65 and over. St. Cloud VAHCS is an interdisciplinary facility, offering medical, surgical, and mental health inpatient services. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, geriatrics, and transitional care. 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 Veterans and objects may be required. The Nursing Assistant may be exposed to infected Veterans and contaminated materials, and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The Nursing Assistant may occasionally be exposed to Veterans who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The Nursing Assistant must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on Veteran needs."]
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