Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant Inpatient Psychiatry H2IPU in Aurora, Colorado
Summary The Eastern Colorado Veterans Health System (ECHCS), is currently recruiting for two (2) Nursing Assistant, for the H2IPU unit, at the Rocky Mountain VA Medical Center, Aurora Colorado. . Responsibilities This position is located in Patient Care Services. The purpose of this position is to provide a range of patient care services in the Eastern Colorado Healthcare system. The incumbent will serve as a member of the nursing team. Work is reviewed by a Registered Nurse (RN). Performs a variety of nursing care tasks, including bathing, skin care, feedings, positioning, turning and lifting patients. Performs the variety of nursing care tasks including bathing, skin care, feedings, positioning, turning, and lifting patients. Provides safe/therapeutic milieu management by performing continual rounding and environmental checks each shift; removing hazardous items as needed. Observes safety, sanitary, and fire rules/regulations. Recognizes and reports safety hazards and the need to initiate measures to eliminate the hazard and prevent injury. Recognizes and reports emergencies and responds appropriately. Cares for patients with communicable diseases for which standard precautions are required. Provides urinary/catheter care to include perineal hygiene. Assists with the rehabilitation of patients and in the prevention of deformities by correct position, and assisting with activities of daily living including ambulation. Performs range of motion activities. Takes and records vital signs to include temperature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure; and measuring height and weight. Provides emotional support to patients/families. Respects patients' rights and dignity, including privacy and confidentiality. Assists in supervising patients in transfer activities, personal hygiene, preventing spread of infectious diseases, and in the preventive and rehabilitative aspects of care. Follows Medical Center and Nursing Service policies and procedures for inventorying and securing patients' belongings, to include valuables and prosthetic devices such as dentures, hearing aids, eyes, and limbs. Observes and reports both obvious and more subtle changes in patients' condition or emotional status. Collects urine, sputum, and stool specimens. Observes and maintains milieu and individual patient safety through dayroom monitoring and safety checks, such as documenting patients' locations and activity. Initiates cardio-pulmonary resuscitation in accordance with Medical Center Policy. Assists with the admission, discharge, and transfer of patients according to Medical Center and Nursing Service Policy. Performs other assignments appropriate to level of training as directed by the nurse in charge. Work Schedule: 40-hour work week requiring staff to be available 24/7 Sunday through Saturday. Shifts from 0:700 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., 07:00 a.m. - 07:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. - 07:30 a.m., 11:00 p.m. - 07:30 a.m. Candidate must be willing to work 8- or 12-hour shifts, or a combination of both, weekends, holidays, irregular work hours and extended hours. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, you must meet all the requirement by the closing date of this announcement to be considered. 04/23/2021 BASIC REQUIREMENTS Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English 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. GRADE REQUIREMENTS GS-5 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. 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. AND Demonstrated KSAs 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 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. 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, Part II, Appendix G46, Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. Physical Requirements: Lifting Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds and over, Heavy Carrying 45 pounds and over, Straight pulling (2-6 hours), Pushing (2-6 hours), Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking (5-9 hours), Standing (4-8 hours), Kneeling (1-2 hours), Repeated bending (2-4 hours), Climbing, legs only (1-2 hours), Twisting (2-4 hours). ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS Excessive noise (intermittent), Constant noise, Radiant energy, Electrical energy, Slippery or uneven surfaces, Working around moving objects, Unusual fatigue factors, Working with hands in water, Working closely with others, Working alone, Heavy patient care, Rotating/Multiple shifts 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 This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. 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. 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. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.