Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nursing Assistant in Hines, Illinois

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
3 vacancies in the following location:
  • Hines, IL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 11/30/2016 (2 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 12/6/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1862662

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?

The Nursing Assistant position is located at the Hines Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. The Nursing Assistant is responsible for the delivery of patient care under the direction of a Registered Nurse or other licensed health care professional. The vacancies will be in the Long Term & Extended Care Unit which has a work schedule of 11:30PM to 8:00AM, rotating weekdays/weekends.

BLS and AHA Certification highly desirable.


The Nursing Assistant is an integral part of the care team and is responsible for providing and delivering patient care under the direction of a Registered Nurse, Advanced Practice Nurse/Physician Assistant, or Physician.

  • Practices within the scope and certification of a CNA in the nursing unit, clinic, area of assignment and demonstrates consistent practice when temporarily assigned to related nursing units and clinics.

  • Provides care and services to multiple populations served and admitted to the nursing unit, clinic, area of assignment as determined by the patient/resident need for nursing care and services.

  • Provides direct patient/resident care in the provision of the psychological, physical, social and cultural activities of daily living, both complete and supportive.

  • Provides for the care of patients/residents with dignity and continuous consideration of the individuals emotional needs.

  • Provides reporting, communication and documentation in the computerized patient record system with other members of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

  • Maintains certification, BCLS, and currency in required education and training as identified by regulating agencies, VA Medical Center, VISN and National Agencies.

  • Demonstrates competency and consistency in the technical use of equipment, application of technical standards and performance of administrative support duties.

  • Provides assistance and support to the Registered Nurse and/or provider.

  • Demonstrates the knowledge and skills to provide care and services consistent with Infection Control Standards of Practice providing optimal outcomes for patients, residents, visitors, and employees.

  • Recognizes, responds and initiates appropriate level response to medical emergency such as cardiac and/or respiratory failure.

  • Other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule:* *11:30pm to 8:00AM, rotating weekdays/weekends.

Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant GS-5

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.

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

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship.

  • Proficient in spoken and written English.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements listed above, you must meet the following grade requirements:

Grade Determinations:

GS-3 Qualifications (Entry Level)

Education or Training: one year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)


Completion of an intensive, specialized, occupation-related course of study of less than one year which resulted in attaining certification as a nursing assistant.

GS-4 Qualifications

Experience: One year of specialized experience as a Nursing Assistant 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;


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)


Demonstrated 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 Qualifications

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 for the grade.


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; (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)


Demonstrated 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 CNAs 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.

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.

References:* *VA Handbook 5005/81, Part II, Appendix G46, Nursing Assistant Qualification Standards. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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:Physical requirements include extensive periods of standing and walking. Duties involve strenuous physical exertion on a regular basis. Patient care activities require regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, pushing and similar activities using appropriate body mechanics and other assistive devices for patient and/or equipment movement and transfer. The employee protects self and others from injury. Considerable agility and dexterity is required to provide care in a proper and safe manner.

Security Clearance


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

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: $28,227.00 to $46,087.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-03/05

Promotion Potential: 5

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 458035200

Job Announcement Number: HN-17-CV-1862662-BU