Veteran Health Administration Nursing Assistant in San Antonio, Texas

Announcement Number: VHA-671-16-MLP-1782069-BU

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): San Antonio, TX

Open Period: 2016-08-19 to 2016-09-12

OverviewWho May Apply

United States Citizens

Appointment Duration

Excepted Service Permanent

Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1782069

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

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.

Applicants currently permanently employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs must apply under announcement VHA-671-16-MLP-1782197-BU.

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

The Nursing Assistants for the Pool Personnel will report to the Staffing Coordinator/ Nursing On Duty Supervisor and will provide quality nursing care to a variety of patients ranging from age 18 – 100+ years.Your work assignments will be based on the need of the Hospital at the time and will be expected to float throughout the Hospital.You will obtain and record vital data such as height, weight, allergies, primary complaints, and any additional data required by the provider, and you will record vital signs and collect specimens for laboratory testing. You will provide complete, or assist with, personal hygiene care, including bowel and bladder needs. You will turn and position patients to maintain proper body alignment, and will lift, transfer and ambulate patients using good body mechanics and assistive/safety equipment such as gait belts, braces, splints, crutches, canes, mechanical lifts. You will apply and care for external urinary devices and accurately measure and record output and bladder scanning. You will assist in setting up and operating special equipment such as special beds, traction, overhead trapeze bars, oxygen and oral suctioning. You maybe responsible for performing standards 12-lead EKGs, and provide nursing care to patients receiving intravenous therapy. When required, you will perform 1:1 observation and report changes in the patient's condition to the nurse, and will document observations and care. You will provide information based on patient's condition, acceptance of limited physical mobility, body mechanics, colostomy care and irrigations, and will provide the patient and family after care instructions and assist therapeutic groups. If required, you will initiate and/or assist with emergency measures, including maintaining airway, CPS, and protecting patients having seizures. You will be required to perform other related nursing duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts - days, evenings and nights some weekends and holidays included

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications


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

·Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part I, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.

·Education or Training. One year above high school with courses related to the CNA 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 will also meet the requirements.

Preferred Experience/Education:

-Nursing Assistant Certification

-BLS Certification

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.


In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-3 (Entry Level)

None beyond the basic requirements.


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;


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.


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

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 a 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)

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 below;


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;


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 RN and/or LVN.

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: Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G46.


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:Moderate lifting and carrying (15-44 pounds)Straight pulling (4-6 hours), Pulling hand over hand (4-6 hours), Climbing use of legs and arms, both legs required, Near vision Correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger (1 to 4), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers and both hands, walking (4 hour), standing (2-7 hours), sitting (8 hours), climbing (2 hours), kneeling (2 hours), bending/Stooping (2 hours), Twisting (4-6 hours), Pulling/Pushing (4-6) hours, Simple Grasping 2-4 hours, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability. Vision: 20/40, correctable, can hear alarms, hearing aid permitted, Fine Manipulating (includes keyboarding) 1-5 hours per day.



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-05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-05. 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 Monday, September 12, 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

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): ·Other (VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

·Cover Letter ·DD-214 ·OF-306 ·Other Veterans Document ·Resume ·SF-15 ·SF-50 ·Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website:

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 1782069.

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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.