Nursing Assistant - External - OCA


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    THIS OPEN & CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT ESTABLISHES A STANDING REGISTER OF ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS. Please see the "What to Expect Next" area of the announcement which provides additional information on the referral process for this type of announcement.

    *** POSITIONS ARE LOCATED AT THE BROCKTON, WEST ROXBURY & JAMAICA PLAIN, MA CAMPUSES ***

    APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT: Resume

    Positions serve as a Nursing Assistant in the Nursing Service.
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    Responsibilities

    The incumbent performs duties related to the direct functions related to the treatment of patients on the wards/specialty care areas and assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs), preventing falls and maintaining safe environment for patients.

    Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and Current Permanent Federal Employees of Other Agencies

    If you are an internal employee (i.e. Current, Permanent Employee of the VA Nationwide), you must apply under Announcement # CAZW-10254362-18-LRC to be considered.

    Work Schedule: Various Work Schedules & Shifts
    Functional Statement Name / #: Nursing Assistant / 908560
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Notifications:
    • Positions are NAGE Bargaining Unit positions at the Brockton and West Roxbury campuses; AFGE Bargain Unit positions at the Jamaica Plain campus.
    • Positions are covered by locality-based comparability pay.
    • Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
    • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
    • Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.
    • The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. Permanent appointments are subject to the recommendation of a professional standards board and approval by the Medical Center Director. Grade and salary will be recommended by the board and is based on the personal qualifications of the candidate (i.e. education, certification, experience, etc.)
    • Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment
    • A copy of a current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment.
    • Current or former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50 with the application. The SF-50 must identify the position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). More than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.
    • Drug Testing Position: Applicants selected for employment are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
    • Veterans preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees.


    Travel Required
    25% or less - Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    5

  • Job family (Series)
    0621 Nursing Assistant

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • Drug testing is required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • 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 onboarding process

    Qualifications
    Basic 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: Successful completion of one (1) year of education 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 education requirements for GS-3. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
    • English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. Nursing Assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English.
    GS-4 Level KSA's
    1. Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents.
    2. Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner.
    3. 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.
    4. Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals.

    GS-5 (Full Performance Level)
    In addition to the Basic Requirements above, to qualify for this position at the GS-5 level, you must meet one of the following requirements:
    • Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-4) which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the Nursing Assistant specific assignment. Qualifying experience is experience providing nursing care to patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or who are in acute, sub-acute or chronic states of illness. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the current practice. 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: Successful completion of four (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. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
    ~AND~
    In addition to the experience or education above, at the GS-5 level, you must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) below:
    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 in person 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.
    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, dated March 12, 2015.

    Physical Requirements: Duties require regular and recurring periods of standing and walking. Duties require providing manual assistance in positioning patients. Employee regularly transports patients on stretcher and pushes loaded carts. Employee must be able to maintain alertness and vigilant attention to assigned patients.

    Note: Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

    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

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    The Nursing Assistant positions are in the Excepted Service and do 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.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

    NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

    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.

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    Background checks and security clearance

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    Confidential

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • Resume


    Your resume must include the month/year beginning and end dates for all related work experiences as well a the average number of hours worked each week for each position listed.

    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214
    • OF-306
    • Other Applicable Documents: 10-2850c, etc
    • Other Veterans Document
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50
    • Transcript


    VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search .

    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    Help How to Apply

    All applicants are required to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis for consideration of open and available positions. For the final review, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 12/31/2018 to receive consideration.
  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

  • NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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    Agency contact information Job Information

    Phone
    (774)826-1269
    Email
    vhabhsjobs@va.gov

    Address

    VA Boston Healthcare System
    940 Belmont Street
    Brockton, MA 02301
    US

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    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email.

    Applicants will be referred at the beginning of each month during the posting of this announcement when vacancies exist. Applications received after the first cut-off date, will be considered for the second cut-off, and so on throughout the life of the announcement and within your specific period of eligibility.

    All applicants may receive consideration for 6 months from the date of application OR until the closing date of the vacancy announcement, 12/31/2018, whichever is sooner.

    During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.

    After the monthly review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the U SAJobs Help Center .

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    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.


    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504727600 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Posted
09/18/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Boston, MA, US