Veteran Health Administration Nursing Assistant, Rehabilitation and Extended Care Line in Houston, Texas

Announcement Number: JP-16-VAR-1782458-BU

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Houston, TX

Open Period: 2016-10-01 to 2016-10-07

OverviewWho May Apply

United States Citizens

Appointment Duration


Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1782458

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Job Summary

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to


Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under Job Announcement JP-15-VAR-1781910-BU

Certified Nursing Assistants with one year experience are preferred.

Key Requirements

  • Must pass pre-employment examination

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

DutiesMajor Duties

A Nursing Assistant at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center willbe responsible to provide nursing care to veterans in Rehabilitation & Extended Care Line.The incumbent is responsible for performing more complex personal patient care duties, supporting diagnostic procedures, technical nursing treatments, patient charting, and patient instructions which involve direct work relationships with patients and participation as a member of the nursing care team in direct services to patients. Uses initiative to carry out recurring assignments and in prioritizing assigned duties based on patient condition and previous instructions, obtains additional instructions for any unusual or unfamiliar situations where appropriate guidelines are not readily available. The Nursing Assistant is responsible to and directly supervised by a professional Nurse (LVN/RN). Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

·Perform a range of diagnostic support duties, preparing patients for tests, exams and treatments.

·Observe and reports signs of skin breakdown to RN/LVN.

·Maintains client/patient privacy.

·Suctioning naso/oral cavity.

·Colostomy wound skin care and application of appliance.

·Collect patient data.

·Assist/completes clerical and transport functions as assigned.

·Adhere to VA and Nursing policies, procedures and standards.

·Deliver care and services to patients in a respectful, courteous, compassionate, and non-judgmental manner.

· Accurately reports patient information.

·Complies with Medical Center standards, policies and procedures.

·Utilize equipment in a safe manner.

·Report unsafe equipment and working conditions to appropriate individual.

·Employ proper lifting/moving, transfer, and assistance devices and demonstrates safe and proper body mechanics.

·Complete mandatory safety, equipment and other annual reviews, as directed and timely.

·Demonstrate and maintains competency as defined by unit and department criteria.

Work Schedule: Day, Evening, Night 8 hour tours and some 12 hour tours are available – all tours are subject to rotation.

Days: 7:30am - 4:00pm & 7:30am -8:00pm

Evenings: 3:30pm - Midnight

Nights: Midnight - 8:00am & 7:30pm - 8:00am

Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant, Extended Care Line

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications

Basic Requirements:

·U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

·English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position; 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 (NA) occupation. Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.

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.

Grade Determinations:

·GS-3: Experience, Education-None beyond the basic requirements.


1.Experience. One year of specialized experience as a NA or experience in another medical field,OR

2.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 studyAND

3.Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

a)Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents.

b)Ability to observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner.

c)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.

d) Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals.

·GS-5 NA (Full Performance Level)

1.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. OR

2.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

3.Demonstrated KSAs

a)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.

b)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.

c)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.

A year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in the appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Your resume should include the following information for each job listed

Job Title

Duties (be specific in describing your duties related to patient care)

Month & Year; start/end dates (e.g. June 2009 to April 2014)

Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

When describing your experience, please be clear and specific when listing your duties/task. We will not make assumption regarding your experience based upon Job Title.

References: VA Handbook 5005/71, Part II, Appendix G46, CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 24, 2014. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.


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: 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.


Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Strait Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1-2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 6 hours); Repeated bending (up to 2 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and Emotional Stability.



Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-5. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 07, 2016 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. 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 USAJOBS account,, 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Required Documents

A complete Application Package must include the following:


2.VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations(Available vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf(Required).

3.VA Form 306 - Declaration of Federal Employment (Available at of0306.pdf).

4.If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of honorable discharge. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or decreased Veteran, must complete and submit an SF15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at SF15.pdf).

Please use this checklistto make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify),documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1782458.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. 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 USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for 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.

Other Information

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

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.