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Intermittent Nursing Assistant - Restorative GEC - Loch Raven

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Baltimore
Posted on: June 12, 2021

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Summary

The Restorative Nursing Assistant functions as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the Restorative Nursing care of residents receiving Restorative Care in the CLC. The distinguishing factor is that resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. The NA at this level also assumes a peer education/mentorship.

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Responsibilities

The assigned Restorative Nursing Assistant will be providing restorative care to residents with multiple disease processes on a regular and recurring basis. Duties and responsibilities include performing specialized nursing activities which require demonstrated skill sufficient to complete the restorative competency checklist. The expectation will include active participation in the weekly interdisciplinary team meeting to reinforce and review plan of care with resident and families to promote understanding and goal outcomes while supporting individual choices. Performs basic personal care for the resident utilizing techniques that promote independence while providing input as to the functional strengths and abilities related to the restorative program. These programs may include implementation of: techniques related to range of motion- active/passive, splint or brace assistance also training and skill practice with bed mobility, transfer, walking, dressing and grooming, eating and swallowing, prostheses care and communication. The restorative nursing assistant will implement documentation on a dally, weekly or monthly basis as determined by Restorative RN Coordinator to meet MOS criteria. The restorative NA at times may be required to accompany residents on trips outside the medical center under the direction of Recreational Therapy. The restorative NA position requires responsible, self direction in the delivery and completion of resident care with rotation as necessary to various nursing areas, possible tour changes, weekends and/or holiday coverage. Assignments will be given and completed under the direction of the Restorative RN Coordinator who will work closely to lead the restorative program.

Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts to include days, every other weekend and alternating Holidays.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position for training and/or patient care needs.

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No

Promotion Potential

5

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0621 Nursing Assistant

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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.
  • The VA Maryland Health Care System is a 24/7 functioning hospital.
  • All employees of the VA Maryland Health Care facility are deemed to be providing critical services. Incumbents of these positions are required to be at work regardless of emergency situations or any general dismissal authorization.
  • All VA properties are now a smoke and vape free environment.

Qualifications

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.
  • 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-5.
  • Physical Requirements: The examination will be concerned with the physical, cognitive and emotional ability of the applicant to perform the essential functions of the proposed assignment satisfactorily. Laboratory and ancillary tests are authorized as required by Federal regulatory agencies and only tests which assist the Employee Occupation Health (EOH) provider in determining whether or not the candidate meets the physical requirements and medical standards of the job may be performed. Reference: VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
  • Grandfathering Provisions: All Nursing Assistants employed in VHA on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the series and grade held that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: 1. Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. 2. If an employee who was retained (grandfathered) under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status of the grandfathering provision and must meet the full VA qualification standard basic requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.

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:

  • Geriatric Nursing Experience in Long Term Care in the last 3 years; highly desired
  • Current Nursing Assistant Certification; preferred
  • BLS Card; preferred

Grade Determinations: 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;

Examples of assignments and experience at the GS-4 level include but are not limited to: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 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: 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. 4. 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. Assignment. This is the full performance level for CNAs. CNAs 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. CNAs at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role.

References: Nursing Assistant Qualification Standard GS-621 Veterans Health Administration, VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G46.

The full performance level of this vacancy is 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 any 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 hour shift as assigned. These are essential functions of the position. The employee is alert to the possibility of patient assault and may need to protect herself/himself using non-abusive physical intervention techniques. The incumbent must have full range of motion of each joint. He/she must be able to grasp, maintain balance, and lower a patient safely to the floor unassisted while physically controlling a violent patient. They must have fine motor skills to effectively operate locking restraints. These are essential functions of the position.

Education

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Baltimore , Intermittent Nursing Assistant - Restorative GEC - Loch Raven, Other , Baltimore, Maryland

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