Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant (Cardiology) in West Roxbury, Massachusetts

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Summary

* * This position is with the Medical Service and is located at the West Roxbury Campus**

The incumbent performs a wide variety of clerical, nursing and supportive duties in the clinic and is flexible in adapting to work demands and numerous assignments. The incumbent, in conjunction with the Lead Nurse, monitors and maintains the status and progress of the daily flow of work and make adjustments according to the needs of the patients and practitioners.

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Responsibilities

The incumbent obtains assistance from the Lead Nurse/section nurse and/or section chief as needed for issues or problems that arise as well as routinely apprising of problems or situations that may require higher level interventions and/or actions. The incumbent displays superior communication skills to establish and maintain a rapport with co-workers, patients and families.

Duties Include:

  • Measures and records vital signs.
  • Measures and records height and weight.
  • Prepares the patient for medical evaluations and/or treatment.
  • Expeditor between patients and clinicians/providers in the outpatient setting in the VA Boston Healthcare System. He/She facilitates smooth communications and information flow for the purpose of better coordination of patient care. Assists patients with questions, complaints and information relative to administrative procedures. The clinic staff will refer unusual administrative problems to the incumbent for timely resolution.
  • Determines what the the provider will need during the evaluation/treatment of a patient to enhance workflow and processes.
  • Provides basic physical care to patients as needed.
  • Initiates basic health teaching and/or reinforces patient education under the guidance of the provider.
  • Monitors and restocks medical supplies and linen. Assures that medical equipment is in operating order.
  • Plans daily work and clinic/patient schedule effectively, sets priorities, and coordinates activities for the clinic and administrative needs to supports patient continuity of care.
  • Uses universal precautions and adheres to accepted safety standards and precautions.
  • Understands the principles of aseptic technique and follows policies related to procedure area set-up as well as infection control.
  • Performs receptionist duties for clinic and utilizes all resources to assure document availability for provider.
  • Demonstrates skill in telephone communications. Obtaining necessary information and communicates messages and /or refers to the appropriate staff member.
  • Obtains laboratory data, x-ray results and other diagnostic reports through VISTA/DHCP and from services/departments.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

5

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Drug Testing 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

Notifications: * This position is a NAGE Bargaining Unit position. * This position iscovered 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. * 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. * Current or former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. The SF-50 must identify the position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. * Veterans preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees.

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 experience 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. Grade Determinations: 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.

Assignment. This is the full performance level for Nursing Assistants at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care or other patients/residents who are in acute, sub acute or chronic states of illness. The distinguishing factor is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. Nursing Assistants at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role.

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.

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.

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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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Confidential

Drug test required

Yes

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Required Documents

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

  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search. Not required at time of application.

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
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 10/26/2018 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 USA JOBS 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 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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(774)826-1269

Email

vhabhsjobs@va.gov

Address

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

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

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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/513659300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2018 to 10/26/2018

Service: Excepted

Pay scale & grade: GS 5

Salary: $36,899 to $47,971 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time