Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant (Mental Health) in Richmond, Virginia

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

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1819299

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve. 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

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-5. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

Has knowledge and understanding of various types of mental illnesses and is able to observe and identify specific behavioral symptoms related to each. Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team and assists the registered nurse in giving patient care. Spend a major portion of time performing care of acutely ill or disturbed psychiatric patients. Reinforces patient/family/significant other teaching, providing emotional support and assist patient/family/significant other to accept patient's behavior as a part of his/her duties. Uses positive measures to calm the disturbed patient and practices crisis precaution. Has knowledge of the safety measures protecting patients and other staff.

Work schedule: Rotating tours of duty to include weekends and holidays. Management reserves the right to determine and/or change tour of duty.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Non-exempt

Supervisory Position: No

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

Recruitment/relocation incentives: Recruitment/relocation incentives are not authorized for this position.

Relocation expenses: Relocation Expenses are not authorized for this position.

Probationary Period: May be required

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • English language proficiency required.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:*GS-5 (Full Performance Level)*

(a) 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, you must demonstrate the professional KSAs listed below;


(b) 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

(c) 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 CNAs 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.

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.

* BLS/ACLS REQUIREMENTS: Current certification in BLS is required for all staff providing direct patient care, and police. Additionally, current ACLS is required for patient care staff that work in specified or high risk areas (SICU/ICU/CCU/MICU/PACU/ED/and all procedure suites using moderate sedation, etc.). *CURRENT UNEXPIRED BLS/ACLS CERTIFICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE INELIGIBILITY FOR THIS POSITION.

A copy of the official transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

PLEASE 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: In addition to regular and recurring bending, moving, stooping, stretching, and repositioning patients, or similar activities, the work requires: regular and recurring ability to appropriately manage unpredictable patient behavior including possible attack. Rotation to tours other than day tour to provide twenty-four (24) hour coverage seven (7) days a week. The work involves everyday risks or discomforts requiring normal safety precautions. In addition, the work involves regular and recurring exposure to infection, contagious diseases and environmental odors. Personal Protective Equipment is used when indicated.

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

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


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

Other Information
  • This is a bargaining unit position.

  • This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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

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

  • Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under Section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered a the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment.

Salary Range: $32,999.00 to $42,898.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-05/05

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452631400

Job Announcement Number: VHA-652-17-RJ-1819299-BU