Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant - Medical Care Line (Inpatient Units) in Houston, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
15 vacancies in the following location:
  • Houston, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/3/2016 (11 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1819912

NOTE: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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.

“As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to”

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.



The incumbent is responsible for performing personal patient care duties, supporting diagnostic procedures, technical nursing treatments, patient charting, and patient instructions which involve direct work relationships with patients and participation as a member of the nursing care team in direct services to patients. Uses initiative to carry out recurring assignments and in prioritizing assigned duties based on patient condition and previous instructions, obtains additional instructions for any unusual or unfamiliar situations where appropriate guidelines are not readily available. The Nursing Assistant is responsible to and directly supervised by a professional Nurse (LVN/RN). Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform a range of diagnostic support duties, preparing patients for tests, exams and treatments.

  • Observe and reports signs of skin breakdown to RN/LVN.

  • Maintains client/patient privacy.

  • Collect patient data.

  • Assist/completes clerical and transport functions as assigned.

  • Adhere to VA and Nursing policies, procedures and standards.

  • Deliver care and services to patients in a respectful, courteous, compassionate, and non-judgmental manner.

  • Accurately reports patient information.

  • Complies with Medical Center standards, policies and procedures.

  • Utilize equipment in a safe manner.

  • Report unsafe equipment and working conditions to appropriate individual.

  • Employ proper lifting/moving, transfer, and assistance devices and demonstrates safe and proper body mechanics.

  • Complete mandatory safety, equipment and other annual reviews, as directed and timely.

  • Demonstrate and maintains competency as defined by unit and department criteria.

Work Schedule: 7:30a.m. - 8:00p.m. (Days) shift with rotations weekends and Holidays AND

7:30p.m. - 8:00a.m. (Nights) shift with rotations weekends and Holidays

Functional Statement Title/#:Nursing Assistant

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position; in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.

  • Education or Training. One year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant (NA) occupation. Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant may also meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Grade Determinations:

  • GS-3: Experience, Education-None beyond the basic requirements.

  • GS-4:

  1. Experience. One year of specialized experience as a NA or experience in another medical field, OR

  2. 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 AND

  3. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

a. Ability to provide a range of patient/resident care and contribute to the completion of the nurse care plan and recovery of patients/residents.

b. Ability to observe patients/residents’ or resident’s physical or emotional status and refer deviations and/or problems to supervisor in a timely manner.

c. 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.

d. Ability to communicate effectively with patients/residents, their families and other health professionals.

  • GS-5 NA (Full Performance Level)
  1. 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

  2. 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*

  3. Demonstrated KSAs

a. 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.

b. 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.

c. 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.

A year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in the appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Your resume should include the following information for each job listed

• Job Title

• Duties (be specific in describing your duties related to patient care)

• Month & Year; start/end dates (e.g. June 2009 to April 2014)

• Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

When describing your experience, please be clear and specific when listing your duties/task. We will not make assumption regarding your experience based upon Job Title.

References: VA Handbook 5005/71, Part II, Appendix G46, CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 24, 2014.

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: 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); Strait 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 6 hours); Repeated bending (up to 2 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and Emotional Stability.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $29,052.00 to $47,435.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 453429600

Job Announcement Number: JP-17-1819912-LRM-BU