Nursing Assistant-Medical Telemetry/COVID-19

Washington, D.C
Oct 18, 2020
Oct 20, 2020
Full Time


The Nursing Assistant performs nursing procedures and duties on an assigned patient area and has special responsibilities with his/her principal patients, using a team nursing approach in providing holistic care. The NA observes reports and documents changes in patients' conditions. In addition,charting on each patient's computerized medical record is done regularly according to established nursing documentation standards and unit policies.
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The NA assists with Activities of Daily Living (ADL),the delivery of specialized care and emergency care of patients as needed.
Nursing assistant can provide daily chlorhexidine baths which is an evident based practice to decrease line infection. At times, patients are total care, and are at risk for pressure ulcers and pneumonia. These patients require frequent turning and assessment of skin
with the appropriate treatment modality, which is a complex and tedious task requiring manpower. In addition nursing assistants can provide sitter coverage for suicidal ideation patients, freeing up a nurse from 1:1 patient assignment, so patients can be admitted, transferred, and discharged timely.

The nursing assistant is critical to a smooth flow of the unit due to increased turbulence of admissions, transfers, and discharge of patients on the observation unit.

Other major duties and responsibilities:
  • Per the Standard of Care for Nursing Assistants, demonstrates skill in doing basic nursing procedures.
  • Observes patients' reactions to interventions/activities and communicates these observations to the professional staff as necessary.
  • Suggests changes in-patient care for assigned patients to the treatment team members.
  • Notices hazards and unsanitary conditions in the environment and reports them to the Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Supports patients' independence in ADL by providing only the amount of assistance necessary.
  • Discusses patients' progress toward therapeutic goals with assigned patients weekly.
  • Assists the RN and the physician when a physical examination is done on a patient.
  • Uses appropriate nursing measures when working with the patient with sensory deficits.
  • Participates in patient groups.
  • Recognizes changes in assigned patients' eating, sleeping, grooming, toileting, ambulation, and verbal/non-verbal behavior daily.
  • Interacts with patients with such problems as depression, psychotic symptoms, anxiety, over-activity withdrawal and assaultive behavior in ways that are specific to these problems.
  • Develops therapeutic (helping) relationships with principal patients.
  • Obtains urine specimens for drug screening.
  • Provides reality orientation to patients.
  • Initiates leisure activities with patients.
  • Records findings in the computerized medical record such as treatments given, diabetic
  • record, vital signs taken, and weights.
  • Reviews the computerized medical records of principal patients and is aware of the treatment plans.
  • Performs basic Foley catheter care.
  • Performs basic nursing care procedures relating to special needs of the patients such as vital signs, bandaging, and urine testing, non-sterile hot and cold applications, care of the body after death, seizure precautions, observation of seriously ill patients and emergency removal of patients to safety.
  • Administers oxygen via nasal cannula/mask as ordered using safety precautions.
  • Performs all GS-3 duties and other duties as assigned.
  • Uses infection control principals in daily work utilizing standard precautions.
Work Schedule: Shift Work, Weekend and Holidays
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • One year above high school with courses related the Nursing Assistant occupation. Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of study of less than one year as a nursing assistant.
  • Nursing Assistant must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Preferred Experience: 2 years Inpatient Med/Surg/Telemetry experience. BLS Certification and CNA License.

Grade Determinations:

GS-3: Experience. There is no additional experience required beyond the basic qualifications. This is an entry level position. One year above high school with courses related to the NA occupation. Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year.

GS-4: Experience. One year of specialized experience as a NA or experience in another medical field (licensed practical nurse, health technician, hospital corpsman, etc.), performing technical and nursing skills requiring knowledge of the human physical and emotional states, therapeutic communication, and technical skills required for basic and intermediate treatments; or education with successful completion of 2 years above high school in an accredited institution with courses related to nursing care, health care or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position, such as education in a program for psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technicians.

GS-5: Experience (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 NA assignment; or education that results in 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 the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSA's listed below.

References: VA Handbook 5005/71, Part II, Appendix G46. Certified Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard GS-0621.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-05.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-05.

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.

Physical Requirements: Work will require long periods of regular and recurring standing and walking with regular and recurring lifting and positioning of patients while maintaining balance. Must be able to bend, stoop, squat kneel, move body and extremities quickly, push and pull equipment, and carry equipment and supplies without personal limitations or physical restrictions. Long periods of sitting with an assigned patient may be required. Physical endurance and physical tolerance is required for a 12 hours hour shift as assigned.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: 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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: .

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • CNA License
  • Basic Life Support Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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