The Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists licensed nursing staff in the care patients with acute, sub-acute, and/or chronic illness. The Nursing Assistant is responsible for the delivery of selected nursing activities as assigned and refer questions to their supervisors. This announcement is intended to fill current and future vacancies under various healthcare service lines at VA Medical Centers/Clinics within the VA New England Healthcare System. The presence of a location does not necessarily indicate a current vacancy. If selected for interview, the specific assignment(s) will be discussed at that time. Shifts could be days, evenings, nights, or include weekends/holidays to cover shortages or high patient volume. Shift changes will be considered based on patient and facility needs. Note: Due to a critical staffing shortage, 38 U.S.C. § 7412 waives the requirement to apply Veterans' preference for this job announcement. Based on assignment and grade, duties may include but are not limited to: Functioning 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. Assignments may involve complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. Demonstrates knowledge of basic health care provider skills. Follows standard precautions and other infection control protocols as needed. Provides 1:1 or Safety Sitter nursing care to Veterans/residents who may require restraints or special observation. Understanding Veteran's/resident's rights and responsibilities. Provides comprehensive physical care to Veterans/residents. Motivating Veterans/residents towards optimal level of functioning. Accurately records care delivery and observations using established oral, written and computer communications according to documentation guidelines. Nursing Assistants will be expected to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents. Incumbent will observe patients/residents' or resident's physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner. Use of 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. The Nursing Assistant will communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals. May serve 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. Will 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. Work Schedule: Multiple tours available; to be discussed at interview and determined on selection. Days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays, and off-tours may be required. Compressed/Flexible: Not available Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #: Assigned upon selection Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Recruitment incentives may be authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Notifications: Most positions are AFGE/NAGE/LIUNA Bargaining Unit positions. Some locations are eligible, but not represented. Most positions are covered by locality-based comparability pay. The incumbent may be required to travel to other VA campuses and CBOCs as needed for coverage. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. This position is in the Excepted Service.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.