The Department of Nursing at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center is reaching out to our affiliates with an opportunity for nursing students. Jesse Brown VA Medical Center currently has part-time (0.5FTE) Float Pool Nursing Assistant employment opportunities available. Coming onboard at the VA gives nursing students hands-on experience working with patients and staff, developing skills in collaboration, prioritization, and time management. The qualified candidate will
- Work 40 hours minimum per pay period
- Work off tours: evening, nights, and weekends so students have coursework and clinical rotation flexibility.
- Earn hourly differentials when working off-tours and weekends in addition to base rate pay
- Earn paid time off
Interested candidates may email a resume with a cover letter indicating position of interest to the Nurse Recruiters, Lori Riley (Lori.Riley@va.gov) and Lenne Robles (Lenne.Robles@va.gov). The intent is to fill the positions as soon as possible.
PART-TIME NURSING ASSISTANT POSITIONS STILL AVAILABLE FOR EVENING AND NIGHT TOURS
Location Facility: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Position Title: Nursing Assistant
Series & Grade: GS-0621-00
The full performance level of this vacancy is a 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
Unit: Centralized Patient Placement & Resource Center (CPPRC)
Float Nursing Assistant
Service: Nursing Service
Tour of Duty: Evening Shift: 3:30 pm to 12 midnight
Night Shift: 11:30 pm to 8:00 am
Includes weekends and holidays
Position Contact: Lenne Robles, Nurse Recruiter, email: Lenne.Robles2@va.gov
Position Contact: Lori Riley, Nurse Recruiter, email: Lori.Riley@va.gov
Position Summary: There are several PART-TIME (0.5 FTE) float nursing assistant positions available in the Centralized Patient Placement & Resource Center (CPPRC). Staff are responsible for floating to:
- Stepdown/Telemetry Unit (4 East)
- Medical/Oncology Unit (5 West)
- Medical/Surgical Unit (5 East)
- Emergency Department
- Acute Rehabilitation and The Community Living Center (6West)
- Inpatient Mental Health (7 East/West)
- 9 North and 9 South – Domiciliary
- ICU (4 West)
The nursing assistant works in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team to provide care to a diverse population of unstable patients with complex medical/surgical problems including cardiology, neurology, metabolic, endocrine, vascular, orthopedic, GU and ENT. The nursing assistant is a non-licensed member of the nursing care team who performs specified direct and indirect patient care activities and supportive services under the guidance and direction of licensed staff (Physician, Advanced Practice Nurse, Registered Nurse, and LPN). Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: transporting and escorting patients; 1 on 1 sitter assignments; activities of daily living, hygiene, nutrition, elimination care; therapeutic and diagnostic measures; tracheotomy care and suctioning; observation, reporting, and documentation; performs vital signs, height and weights, and a range of treatment procedures and catheterizations; patient teaching and provisions of a safe patient care environment; practices principles of infection control and environmental safety; utilizes required precautions when working with movable equipment, wet floors, and potential exposure to diagnosed/undiagnosed contagious diseases; etc. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining American Heart Association (AHA) Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) per local facility policy.
Physical requirements include extensive periods of standing and walking. Duties involve strenuous physical exertion on a regular basis. Patient care activities require regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, pushing and similar activities using appropriate body mechanics and other assistive devices for patient and/or equipment movement and transfer. The employee protects self and others from injury. Considerable agility and dexterity is required to provide care in a proper and safe manner.
Basic Requirements (all grades)
- Citizen of the United States.
- Education or Training. 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 [ ] as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements
- English Language Proficiency. [NAs] must be proficient in spoken and written English in
accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
GS-3 Qualifications (Entry Level)
Experience and Education: None beyond the basic requirements.
Assignments: Individuals assigned as GS-3 [NAs] are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised.
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.
Education: 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.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1) Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents.
2) Ability to observe patients/residents’ or resident’s physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner.
3) Ability to properly use 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.
4) Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals.
1) Individuals assigned as GS-4 [NAs] are considered to be at the intermediate or developmental level and are closely supervised. [NAs] at this grade level function as a member of the nursing care team and assist higher graded [NAs], licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team 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 significant factor is that they provide care under close supervision and refer issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded [NAs] or other healthcare professionals.
2) In this role, the Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assists higher graded [NAs], licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care, or other patients who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The Nursing Assistant in this role provides care under close supervision and refers issues/questions to supervisors, higher graded [NAs], or other healthcare professionals.
GS-5 Qualifications (Full Performance Level)
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, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs for the grade.
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.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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.
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.
- Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
- Candidates at the GS-5 level
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Please forward the following documents to Lenne Robles or Lori Riley, Nurse Recruiters, while positions are still available:
- Cover letter indicating position of interest.
- Resume which includes work extension, cell phone number and email address. In describing your experience, be clear and specific. For example, include average hours worked per week for employment history; description of duties must sufficiently detail the level of the experience; if applicable include college name, dates attended, type and date degree earned; certifications; etc.
- Transcripts if using to qualify for position.
- Please confirm application documents received.