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Nursing Assistant

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Hyannis
Posted on: May 31, 2021

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This Nursing Assistant position is located with the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Hyannis, MA. This is a full-time permanent position and is a bargaining unit position.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will not be found eligible for this position.

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  • Provides appropriate care for Veterans, taking into consideration diagnosis, age, physical, psychological, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural needs.
  • Safeguards patient privacy and maintains confidentiality of all electronic and printed patient information according to HIPAA guidelines.
  • Performs a wide variety of treatment procedures that may include: Applying topical non-prescription ointment, powders, creams and lotions, and hot packs and cold packs.
  • Applies monitor leads to the patient for telemetry.
  • Performs EKG as instructed by registered nurse.
  • Performs bladder scanning as instructed.
  • Promptly reports all accidents to supervisor and notifies supervisor promptly of unsafe or unhealthy environmental situations/conditions.
  • Practices safe body mechanics, uses safe handling equipment, and/or requests help when needed in moving, lifting, or positioning of patients to prevent injury to patient, self or others.
  • Complies with safety rules and regulations for safe job performance and fire protection.
  • Complies with infection control regulations, such as hand washing and wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Work Schedule: The work schedule will be determined based on the needs of the Medical Center. The Providence VA Medical Center is an acute care facility operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week. While most tours of duty are scheduled during the day, the possibility of working evenings, nights and weekends does exist. Shift changes will be considered based on patient and facility needs

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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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
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical


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.
  • Education: One year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant 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 [basic] experience requirements.


  • Experience: One year of creditable experience can be defined as assessing and recording vital signs, identifying changes in patient's mental/emotional well being/behavior and reporting changes timely to Mental Health Provider, deescalating volatile patient behavior as a part of a multidisciplinary team, demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment.


  • 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;


In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs below:

Demonstrated KSAs:

  • 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 Practical Nurse.
  • Ability to communicate orally with patients/residents, families, interdisciplinary team and other personnel. This includes serving as a preceptor to new Nursing Assistants by experience while in a clinical setting.
  • 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 G4The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05.

Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing, and lifting up to 35lbs. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. The incumbent must be able to navigate all areas of the facility. This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignment, as the medical center is a 24/7 operation.


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: 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:

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Nantucket , Nursing Assistant, Other , Hyannis, Massachusetts

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