Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant - Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Albany, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Albany, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1823344


Current VA employees should apply to vacancy identification number 1823347.

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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to 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.**


This vacancy announcement is for a Nursing Assistant for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Stratton VA Medical Center. If selected, you will perform care as delegated by a Registered Nurse to patients within the unit and medical center. You will perform work in assisting other medical personnel in the care or treatment of patients who have serious and sometimes life threatening illnesses or medical conditions. Your basic responsibilities will include (but not limited to):

  • Using lift equipment to assist patients in getting in and out of bed.

  • Recognizing mal-adaptive behaviors and de-escalating situations.

  • Assisting doctors and nurses in the performing diagnostic examinations.

  • Properly documenting vital signs in computerized records.

  • Performing patient care and comfort measures addressing patient’s bio psychosocial needs, personal hygiene, physical comfort, nutrition, hydration, rehabilitation, and safety.

  • Reporting abnormalities to appropriate personnel.

  • Recognizing emergency situations and intervening within your scope of practice, while waiting for assistance.

  • Communicating with people from various backgrounds and education levels.

  • Transporting patient to and from procedure if needed.

  • All other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule:* Various tours/shifts*

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
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.

Basic Requirements:

  • US Citizenship. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

  • 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.

  • English Language Proficiency. Nursing Assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.

Grade Requirements:

  • Experience. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment. Examples of specialized experience can be found below. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional competencies 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional competencies below.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Preferred Experience:

  • One year of nursing experience directly related to the requirements of the position.

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification before assuming clinical duties.

Specialized Experience is experience which is in or directly related to the duties of the position to be filled such as non-professional nursing care, work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other medical, nursing, or patient care facility, or in such work as that of a home health aid. While working in the above areas the duties must have included technical and medical support functions such as personal care needs, i.e bathing, feeding lifting, taking vital signs collecting specimens or other functions which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties as described in this announcement

References: VA Handbook 5005/81 Part II Appendix G46. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

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 (35 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (35 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Kneeling (up to 2 hours); Repeated bending (up to 4 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; Far vision correctable to 20/20 in one eye and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional/Mental stability.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

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Additional Information
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.

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

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.

Salary Range: $32,357.00 to $42,064.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453127300

Job Announcement Number: 528D-17GRB-1823344-017a-BU