Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant (CLC 73-Patriots Place) in Augusta, Maine

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Augusta, ME
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/3/2016 (10 day(s) away)

Job Overview

*Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1817863 *

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.

The VA Maine Healthcare System is seeking a Nursing Assistant (NA) in the Nursing Service Line at the VA Maine Healthcare System in Augusta, ME. We are an employer of choice that is the center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence. We value you.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. 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.

If you are an internal employee (i.e., VA applicant located at the facility and/or Community Based Outpatient applicant) or VA Agency Wide employee, or current Federal employee, you should apply under announcement number: VHA-402-17-AMR-1817788-BU.

  • The nursing assistant must be able to perform with skill and effectiveness any and all duties associated with nursing assistant work.

  • Incumbent observes and reports physical, emotional, behavioral and psychosocial aspects of the patient's condition.

  • Provides complete personal hygiene care needs, turns and positions patients to maintain proper body alignment, lifts, ambulates, and transfers patients.

  • Promotes the physical independence of the patient by encouraging and teaching individual patients and groups of patients in self care activities, such as progressive steps in personal hygiene, bathing, and oral care, also assists in teaching and encouraging other care activities such as eating, dressing, undressing, and other training as needed.

  • Participates in the admission of patients by providing secure, reassuring milieu, orienting patients to the unit, checking them for contraband when indicated and assisting the registered nurse in implementing the nursing admission procedure.

  • Assists with treatments, prepares equipment, performs selected procedures after appropriate instruction, observes infection control practices, and implements bowel and bladder programs.

  • The candidate leads by example in defining a customer service culture to ensure that all customers are treated with respect and civility.

  • They serve as members of the treatment team in motivating patients and directing their behavior toward achieving treatment plan goals.

  • Ensures that whenever possible works to cultivate partnerships with our customers in developing solutions to meet their needs.

Work Schedule:evenings, 11:30am-midnight

Functional Statement Title/# - Nursing Assistant (NA)/000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required


Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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: Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA 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; religious; 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.


GS-3 Nursing Assistant (Entry Level):

Experience and Education: None beyond the basic requirements.

Assignment:Individuals assigned as a GS-3 nursing assistant are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.

GS-4 Nursing Assistant

Experience: One year of specialized experience as a nursing assistant 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, such as education in a program for psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technicians; AND

*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 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.


Individuals assigned as GS-4 nursing assistants are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised. Nursing assistants at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist higher graded nursing assistants, licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team 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 significant factor is that they provide care under close supervision and refer issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded nursing assistants or other healthcare professionals.

In this role, the Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher graded nursing assistants, licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care, or other patients who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The Nursing Assistant in this role provides care under close supervision and refers issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded nursing assistants, or other healthcare professionals.

GS-5 Nursing Assistant (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 in subparagraph (c) below;

*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 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.

Assignment:This is the full performance level for nursing assistants. 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 sates 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46. Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard GS-0621. 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:The position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. The NA must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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 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

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

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

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

Salary Range: $25,731.00 to $42,012.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-03/05

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 452452200

Job Announcement Number: VHA-402-17-AMR-1817863-BU