The Nursing Assistant is a member of the health care team who works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and performs assignments as a Nursing Assistant in the Acute Inpatient Mental Health Unit.
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The position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Golf Coast VA Health Care System, Acute Inpatient Mental Health Unit, in Biloxi, MS. Assigned tasks require personal care, basic technical competence and skill, patient documentation and patient teaching. The distinguishing factory is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements and/or end of life care. This position will also provide individualized care according to established policies following the patient plan of care.
- Measure vital signs.
- Record treatments findings, and progress in electronic patient record.
- Perform and record a variety of advanced specialized treatments.
- He/she provide 1:1 observation for suicidal, wander, or high fall risk patients.
- Uses personal protection equipment (PPE)
- Maintains patient confidentiality
- Accepts and carries out instructions from supervisor.
- Enter information into the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS)
- Teach patients and the family members the need to continue procedures for proper health care.
- Ensure proper specimen collection.
- Exercise careful work habits and caution to assure a safe environment for patients.
- Promotes the physical independence of the patients
- Cleans reusable medical equipment on the unit and maintains a neat and orderly patient care environment
Work Schedule: 12 Hour Shifts
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: 000000, Nursing Assistant -Acute Inpatient Mental Health
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
- #### Job family (Series)
- Assistants, Medical
- Assistants, Nursing
- Assistants, Psychiatric Technician
- Medical Assistants
- Medical Orderlies
- Mental Health Orderlies
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
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- 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 for GS-3.
- 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.
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
- GS-3 [NA] (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.
- GS-4 [NA]
- 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. 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:
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.
- Assignment: 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. 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 [NA] (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 in subparagraph (c) below; OR
- 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
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.
- 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.