Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant (Community Living Center) PART TIME in Wilmington, Delaware

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Wilmington, DE
Work Schedule is Part Time 40 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1822030

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

Delaware has no sales tax. Wilmington offers easy access to I-95 and cultural and recreational opportunities in Philadelphia, New York & Washington, DC. Major league sports abound in Philadelphia, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and swimming at the Delaware Atlantic coast beaches are popular summer activities. Wintertime is ski time in the nearby Pocono Mountains. Wilmington is served by major air routes thru Philadelphia and Baltimore and major rail route thru Amtrak and metro liner services.

The Wilmington, Delaware VA Medical Center is currently recruiting for one (1) part-time Nursing Assistant (Community Living Center). Tour of duty will be day shift, 8 hour tour, 40 hours per pay period. This is a Title 38 Hybrid position, located in Patient Care Services.

** 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.


Work Schedule:* * Tours of duty will be day shift rotation including weekends.*Functional Statement Title/#:* **Nursing Assistant

*Bargaining Unit: *Liuna 1029

The Nursing Assistant functions with minimal direction for routine and recurring functions, with support of a Registered Nurse/LPN. He/she delivers safe and timely care based on evidence based practices and a true caring for the Resident population with chronic as well as acute health issues and for their significant others. These guidelines list the major duties, but are not all inclusive of the functions that the Nursing Assistantmay be expected to perform.

Major Duties:

  1. Ability to implement a 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 an RN and/or LPN. Examples include tube feeding, tracheostomy care and suction, straight catheterizations, care of patients with complex medical and behavioral diagnoses, non-sterile dressings, etc. Performs direct care including bathing, grooming, and toileting.

  2. Ability to administer medication, at the discretion of the facility Director under the Unlicensed Assistive Personnel(UAP) Policy. In order to demonstrate and perform this competency the CNA/UAP must:

a) complete a standardized VHA approved training course;

b) receive verification of competency by RN or other authorized licensed .on­ nursing personnel; and

c) complete actions under the supervision of an appropriate licensed clinician.

  1. Demonstrates appropriate communication and interpersonal skills with patients, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. Nursing Assistant teaches patients and families the necessity to continue the procedures for proper health care. Provides specific health information based on patient's condition, e.g. acceptance of limited physical mobility, proper body mechanics, pre and postoperative breathing techniques, colostomy care and irrigations, etc. Keeps family informed of patient's progress. Gives patients and family after-care instructions, assist and/or leads therapeutic groups.

  2. Knowledge and ability to serve as a preceptor to new nursing assistants.

  3. Ability to recognize and react to emergent patient care situations and intervenes while waiting for assistance. For example, recognizing need for basic life support, controlling bleeding and assisting with behavior crisis, etc.

  4. Demonstrates appropriate communication and interpersonal skills. Communicates pertinent information to team members regarding observations and interactions with patient/residents and/or significant others which may affect the plan of care. Supports the team concept and functions as a team player. Contributes to team initiatives and continuously strives to improve the effectiveness of the team.

  5. Performs sitter duties according to the Standard Operating Procedure (Nursing Policy A-22) in any area of this facility when needed.

  6. Performs one to one direct observation for Residents expressing suicidal or homicidal ideation (Center Memorandum No. 460-111.01) in the ED or in other areas of this facility when needed.

  7. Serves as support for patients, families, visitors, staff, etc. providing guidance and direction on hospital policy and procedures. The individual will demonstrate sensitivity and compassion in interactions. '

  8. Complies and adheres to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for preprocessing/cleaning reusable medical equipment (RME) as defined by "Spaulding Classification." RME is classified as Critical Equipment-Class 1, Semi-Critical Equipment-Class and Non-Critical-Class 3; RME cleaning will be done in accordance to the schedule on the unit.

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:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • 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.

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience: Long Term care experience preferred.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, includingvolunteer 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 criticalcompetencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training andexperience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifyingexperience, including volunteer experience.

*Grade Determinations: *GS-5 Nursing Assistant (Full Performance level)


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.

This is the full performance level for [NAs]. [NAs] 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 states 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. [NAs] at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (c) 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; 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 [NAs] 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005 Qualification Standard Appendix G46. 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

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:* *Light to heavy lifting and carrying, 15 to 45 pounds and over; straight pulling and pulling; reaching over shoulders; use of both hands and fingers; walking and standing; repeated bending up to 4 hours; climbing, legs only up to 1 hour; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination 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 eye; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); repetitive computer use.

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

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. You may have to complete a 1 year probationary period.

Salary Range: $34,079.00 to $44,306.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452983100

Job Announcement Number: AC-17-RLM-1822030-BU