Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant (Various Departments) in Prescott, Arizona

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

Opened Monday 6/20/2016 (125 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1732573

This announcement will be used to fill multiple vacancies within various Service Lines throughout the Medical Center. 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.

This is 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: The work involves long periods of moving about the work unit. The work requires regular and recurrinf bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, lifting & repositioning patients, or similar activities. Heavy lifting greater than 45 pounds is required. The work environment involves regular and recurring exposure to infectous and contagious diseases. Special protective equipment is required as safety precautions.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Afterwe receive application packages (including all required documents) and thevacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensurequalification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, ifyour résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers,we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, areferral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of theirstatus by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive anotification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants willbe notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for aninterview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once aselection 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

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: $32,318.00 to $42,012.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-03/03

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 442299400

Job Announcement Number: MS-16-LEL-1732573-BU