Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant (Community Living Center) in Grand Junction, Colorado

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Grand Junction, CO
Work Schedule is Part Time 20 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (18 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1818094

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 care to Veterans?

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.



Duties:Assist physicians and nurses in the performance of diagnostic examinations by performing duties such as monitoring vital signs, preparing and positioning the patient, or by performing a variety of routine diagnositc tests. Assists physicians and nurses in the care and treatment of veteran patients receiving medical, surgical, or skilled longer term treatment. Observes and reports to the professional nurse, enters specific information onto the patients' record. Enters information regarding the care rendered and the condition and progress of the patient. Performs a wide variety of duties aimed at increasing the comfort and spirit of the patient. Teaches patients and family members the necessity to continue the procedures for proper health care. Supports professional staff and veterans as needed with maintaining a clean, safe environment of care. Cleans bedside tables, stocks linens, cleans wheelchairs and other direct resident care equipment using appropriate precautions.


Prefer 6 months experience as a CNA

Work Schedule: Rotating shifts and tours.**

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Active Nursing Assistant Certification at time of appointment

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-3 for the GS-4) and (GS-4 for the GS-5) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-3 and above): Qualifying specialized experience includes non professional nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other medical, nursing, or patient care facility, or in such a work as that of a home health aid performing duties such as:

  • Providing personal nursing care such as providing pre and post operative care.
  • Support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, such as setting up and operating special medical equipment.
  • Caring for mental ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassurance and encouragement.
  • Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.


Education and Training:

For GS-3: 1 year above high school with course(s) related to the occupation.

For GS-4: Successful completion of a 2 year degree program in an accredited community college, junior college, or college or university in practical nursing or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position, such as education in a program for a psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technician.

In addition the applicant must meet the following qualifications:

GS-3: 6 months general experience.

GS-4: Six months general experience and six months specialized experience or successful completion of 2 years of study above high school with courses related to the occupation.

GS-5: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 or successful completion of a full 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelors degree, with courses related to the occupation.

General Experience:is (1) any type of work that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.


Combining Experience and Education:Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. The combinations described below are those most typical for these positions, i.e., for grades GS-3 through GS-5. If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position. (When crediting education, prorate the number of hours of related courses required as a proportion of the total education to be used).

  • For GS-4:Determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the 1 year of experience required for GS-4; then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the 2 years of education that meets the requirements for the GS-4. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-4.
  • For GS-5:Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience. Determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the year of specialized experience required at the GS-5 level. Then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the education that meets the requirements for GS-5. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-5.

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

You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.

Competency 1 - Knowledge of and ability to perform basic nursing care duties;

Competency 2 – Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals from a variety or backgrounds;

Competency 3 - Knowledge to recognize any potentially emergent situation.

NOTE: If you are selected, your qualifications will be assessed by a professional standards board to determine salary once all pre-employment requirements are met. You may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Crawling, Bending, Kneeling, Repeated bending (up to 5 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; Hearing (aid permitted)

*Veterans' Preference: *When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

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

Salary Range: $25,731.00 to $42,012.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-03/05

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452479800

Job Announcement Number: VHSGRJ-17TH003-1818094BU