The Nursing Assistant is assigned to the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, Nursing Service, New Orleans, Louisiana. The work involves personal patient care, supporting diagnostic procedures, technical nursing treatments, patient/resident charting and teaching. He or she may be assigned as a member of the Float Intermittent Pool to any or all areas of the facility (ICU, Med-Surg, CLC, Mental Health). Basic Requirements Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. 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 Nursing Assistant 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. For GS-5: Experience One year of specialized experience as a Nursing Assistant 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; AND 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 Practical Nurse. Ability to communicate orally with patients/residents, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. This includes serving as a preceptor to new Nursing Assistants 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. You must submit proof of education or training. One year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation or 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. This can include transcripts/certificate or a list of courses of study. Preferred Qualifications Minimum of 1 years' experience working inpatient acute care, inpatient Mental Health, Long-term, rehabilitative care, and hospice units. Knowledge of restorative care, vital signs monitoring, lab collections, and EKG application Knowledge of appropriate instances in which to notify the RN of a patient/resident's change in condition Independent Flexibility to work various units/tours Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech and manual dexterity. The position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling and pushing,. Transferring patients and objects may be required. He incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to delirium, dementia or psychiatric disorders. 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; religions; 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. ["Major duties for the position include (but are not limited to): Assisting Registered Nurse with data collection needed to complete assessment of patients upon triage/admission; Performing delegated tasks appropriate to the care of patients; Performing vital signs, intake and output, EKGs, Point of Care (POC) testing, phlebotomy and collection and delivery of specimens as appropriate; Assisting patients in an out of vehicles, wheelchairs, stretchers, etc. in a safe and efficient manner; Providing 1:1 observation or constant observation while monitoring status designate patients awaiting transport to another level of care; Caring for patients on special frames/beds or with prosthetic devices; Feeding patients and administering tube feedings; Performing dressing changes, including the application of sterile complex dressings; Suctioning oral cavities and tracheostomy patients; Assisting with postmortem care; Adhering to safety procedures, infection control and universal precautions at all times; Recognizing emergency events or changes in patient condition requiring RN notification. Work Schedule: Intermittent; Sun-Sat Days, evening, nights12 hours and 8 hour shift depending on unit\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Available\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant/PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.