Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant (Medical/Surgial) in White River Junction, Vermont

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
5 vacancies in the following location:
  • White River Junction, VT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 4/12/2016 (191 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (71 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1677218

  • The White River Junction VAMC is recruiting for many Nursing Assistants in the Medical/Surgical Service. This is an opening continuous announcement.


  • 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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. 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 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 full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


The Nursing Assistant (NA) performs duties related to patient care and ward administration. The NA will interface with personal computer (PC) applications as well as numerous Vista and CPRS applications. Assignments at the full performance level include but are not limited to: interacting with both internal and external customers; obtaining medical information from patients, providing educational materials to patients, coordinating information/consults and actions related to patient care and services; takes all vital signs - weight, blood pressures, temperatures, I&Os; does routine standardize diagnostic procedures such as EKG's, Glucometry and Pulse Oximetry; collects lab specimens, processes medical records, notifies bed control for patient movements, and documents work. The NA will also be responsible for stocking all supplies in patient rooms, and transporting patients as necessary.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • 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


* a. 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.)

* b. 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-3.

c. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

*d. English Language Proficiency. *NAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.

e. 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 additional information about this section, please review VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46.

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).

* GS-5 NA (Full Performance Level)*

* (a) 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;*

* OR,*

* (b) 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*

* (c) 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 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.*

*Reference: For the full VA Qualification Standard, refer to: VA Handbook 5005/81 Part II, Appendix G46 *

Education : Applicant must be a graduate from a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)at the time the program was completed. Exceptions include:

(1) Health care education in the military service or training in the military service which is accepted by the licensing body in the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed as qualifying for full CNA Certification will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment.

(2) VHA employees who were converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) in implementation of Public Law 98-160, enacted November 21, 1983, and for VHA employees converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7405 in implementation of Public Law 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; and for their future personnel actions under this authority. The waiver will not apply to persons appointed under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) or 7405 after these conversions.

APPLICANTS 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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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 Standards. This position requires walking, standing, stooping, lifting, bending, pushing, turning, and at times carry heavy loads. The work may require regular and recurring ability to to physically control or defend against emotionally ill patients. Must be able to utilize good body mechanics, and have stamina to withstand stress. .

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

Other Information

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

Salary Range: $32,318.00 to $42,012.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This is an opening continuous announcement.

Control Number: 435599800

Job Announcement Number: 405-16-NURS-1677218-KK-BU