OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans? A Recruitment Incentive is authorized up to $10,000 for highly qualified candidates. 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. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Education or Training: Must possess one year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation, OR completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year as a nursing assistant. (TRANSCRIPTS or CERTIFICATION REQUIRED) In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must meet the following GRADE REQUIREMENTS: GS-3 Level: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-4 Level: 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 (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED); AND In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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. GS-5 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; 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 In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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 [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. References: VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46. 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 a GS-3 to a GS-5. Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and lifting in the direct care of patients; some extended periods of sitting and/or standing. ["The Milwaukee Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders (SCI/D) Center is 1 of 25 VA SCI/D Centers across the nation. The mission of the VA SCI/D program is to support and maintain the health, independence, quality of life, and productivity of Veterans with SCI/D throughout their lives. We deliver care to approximately 400 Veterans. Our SCI/D Center is a 38-bed unit equipped with ventilator capability, sleep study management, environmental control units, and an apartment that is utilized to prepare a Veteran with new onset SCI/D for discharge back to the community. Inpatient services include acute rehabilitation, sustaining medical and surgical care, respite care, and end of life care. Outpatient services include SCI/D specialty care, primary care, preventative medicine, adaptive sports medicine, baclofen pump management, acupuncture, healing touch, wound management, home care, psychology and social work services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreation therapy, nutritional and pharmacy services, and telehealth.We authorize care in the community and monitor SCI/D Veterans who reside in long-term care facilities within a 100-mile radius from the Medical Center and make referrals if beyond. Major Duties: Providing direct patient care which includes Obtaining and documenting Vital Signs, Intake & Output, and other required data. Reporting of abnormal values or a change in the patient's condition. Following the plan of care by providing appropriate level of assistance with activities of daily living. At a minimum, this includes dressing and undressing, eating/feeding, toileting, bathing, showering, shaving, oral care, hair care, perineal care and restorative care: transferring, ambulating, positioning, range of motion and use of assistive devices. Performing patient procedures such as specimen collection, glucometer use, bladder scanner, use of mobility devices, and provision of continuous protective observation (CPO and 1:1 CPO) for suicidal ideations. Responding to patient/resident call lights or requests for assistance in a timely and courteous manner. Participating in patient improvement/safety efforts maintaining a safe, clean and clutter-free environment. Maintaining electronic, verbal and written confidentiality and physical privacy for patients/residents. Providing 'person-centered' care that is appropriate for the situation, age and disease process of the adult and geriatric population. Incorporating the rehabilitation philosophy in the daily care of the patients. Work Schedules Available: Full-time on Days, PM's, and Nights Part-time (40 hours every 2 weeks) on PM's Part-time (32 hours every 2 weeks) on Days Weekend and Federal holiday rotations are required of all. A Recruitment Incentive is authorized up to $10,000 for highly qualified candidates."]
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.