Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration NURSING ASSISTANT (Acute Float Pool Int) in Prescott, Arizona

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Prescott, AZ
Work Schedule is Intermittent - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 6/20/2016 (122 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (71 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1732572

This announcement will be used to fill multiple vacancies within the Acute Service Line - Float Pool. The announcement will remain open until the end of the calendar year but applicants will be interviewed and selected as positions arise.

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.

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.


Assists physicians and nurses in the care and treatment of the ill veterans receiving medical, surgical, psychiatric, or inpatient treatment. Observes and reports to the professional nurse changes in patient behavior, attitude, bodily complaints, and appearance. Performs simple treatment procedures such as changing non-sterile dressings; applying or removing binders, arm slings, dressing, and bandages; or applying hot and cold packs. Performs standardized treatment procedures such as: applying external catheters, performing oral suction, monitoring the flow of oxygen, or monitoring the level of intravenous hydration fluids. Observes patients for change in condition (deviation in color, pulse, respiration, temperature, and blood pressure) and reports them to the registered nurse. Reports condition of wounds and skin, and reaction to or results of treatments. Obtain veterans’ vital signs, weights, intake/outputs and enters them in the patients’ records in CPRS. Enters specific information onto the patients’ records or charts. Enters patient information using commonly used medical terminology such as terms of tests, diet changes, or test results. Performs a wide variety of duties aimed at increasing the comfort and spirit of the patient. Transports patients via wheel chair or gurney, and/or accompanies ambulatory patients who need assistance, to various areas within the medical center including clinics, diagnostic areas, and treatment areas. Provide personal care duties or Activity of Daily Living (ADL) such as bathing or feeding patients. Takes care of patient’s non-routine care and comfort needs for psycho/social/spiritual well being, personal hygiene, physical comfort, nutrition, elimination, prevention of skin breakdown, rehabilitation, and/or restorative nursing care and safety, etc. Teaches patients and family members the necessity to continue the procedures for proper health care. Assists with general health education, e.g., reminds patients/family/care providers of importance of skin care, position changes, adhering to medication/dietary regime.

Tour of duty: Dependent on the needs of the facility.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Certification in Basic Life Support is required.

This is not a Bargaining Unit Position.

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:

  • Citizenship - Must be citizen of the United States

  • English language proficiency - Must be proficient in spoken and written English

Specialized Experience:

At least one year of specialized experience at the GS-4 grade level of Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include: nonprofessional 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 aide, performing duties such as (1) providing personal nursing cares such as activities of daily living, (2) support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, such as setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus, (3) caring for mentally ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassurance and encouragement

Combination of Education & Experience:

Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience. (Copy of Unofficial transcript Required)


References : VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Nursing Assistant, available 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 pounds and over Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over Pushing (1 hour) Use of fingers Both hands required Walking (3 hours) Standing (3 hours) Repeated bending (1/2 hour) Both legs required Ability for rapid mental and muscular co-ordination simultaneously Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4 Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other Ability to distinguish shades of colors Hearing (aid permitted) Other (specify) Mental and emotional stability required.

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.

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.


As this is an intermittent position, there are no benefits applicable to this position.

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.

Salary Range: $15.53 to $20.20 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: GS-0621-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 442299500

Job Announcement Number: MS-16-LEL-1732572