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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?
NOTE: If you apply for this position electronically (On-Line), you do not need to apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX (OPM-Occupational Questionnaire). If you complete and fax the OPM Form 1203-FX to the designated fax number listed in this vacancy announcement, It will override your previous application you have already submitted electronically (On-Line). Therefore, please apply for this position using one method only (i.e., apply electronically [On-Line] or apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX). If you apply using both the electronic (On-Line) and manual (OPM FORM 1203-FX) methods, it will result in a duplicate processing error and you may lose consideration for this position.
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- Who May Apply
- Duties, Qualifications, Education, and Requirements
- How to Apply
- Required Documents
The Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is an integral part of the Medical community that provides acute, tertiary, medical, and surgical care to Veterans of Alabama. The Medical Center provides care to a veteran population of 420,000 in Alabama and treats approximately 65,000 unique veterans annually. The medical center serves as a referral center for this area with 131 operating beds with care provided in almost all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. Birmingham Alabama is located in the heart of the Southeastern United States and is a progressive center for medical research, banking, music, technology, art, engineering, and higher education.
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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/
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.
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Work Schedule: Units are 24/7 so coverage is needed days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays; tours are varied. Selectee's specific tour will be determined by Supervisor/Manager upon hire, and will be based on the needs of the unit. Must be able to be flexible with schedule to accommodate the needs of the service.
The Nursing Assistant (NAs) positions are located on the inpatient units, resource management, Emergency Department, and in the escort department of the medical center. NAs are responsible for the entire scope of patient care, to include direct patient care, patient admission, discharge, transfer, errand duties, and delivery of medical supplies/equipment when needed. This is an active general medical and surgical medical center with a large ambulatory care program and an extensive research and professional training program affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. The incumbent assigned to this position is a member of the Nursing team. The NA is assigned by licensed personnel to care for the patients by taking vital signs, collecting specimens, performing EKG's, assisting with transport, and providing dressing changes, and usual daily activities to include bathing, linen changes, assistance with feeding patients, assistance with toileting, and post-mortem care. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Provides care to 1:1 patient.
- Assist with care for a group of patients on a designated unit
- Provides 1:1 observation for patients at risk for suicide or harm per policy/procedure.
- Demonstrates skill and knowledge as well as understanding the therapeutic aspect of the nursing assistant patient relationships and has been educated to recognize the importance of dealing with medical-surgical issues and complications. The issues are physical, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural.
- Assumes responsibility for patients who may be physically or emotionally unable to communicate their needs and who require skilled care.
- Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients.
- Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs, and to provide the care needed as described in policies and procedures.
- Practices good customer service in all work activities. This includes such actions as treating all customers with courtesy and fairness; considering the impact of work decisions on customers; and incorporating customer feedback in job and work modifications.
- Bathes patients and change bed linens, adjusts the patient's position and provides pillows and blankets for comfort, etc.
- Properly collects specimens and assures proper labeling and security of lids and bagging in biohazard bag before sending for processing.
- Makes sure that the responsible person is aware of patient's and/or specimen's arrival before leaving the unit.
- Assures that patients arrive at designated areas for tests and/or treatments on time.
- Transports and remains with patients when sent to other departments within the facility.
- Reports and records significant data on proper forms, reports and records significant data regarding changes in patient condition when indicated.
- Participates in medical center and/or unit performance improvement activities.
- Conduct purposeful patient rounding to ensure the safety and comfort of the patient
- Consistently protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, VA statues and policy, and Veterans Health Administration policy.
- Ensures his/her actions contribute to a mode of continued accreditation readiness regarding Joint Commission (TJC), Office of Inspector General, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), VA surveyors, Laboratory College of American Pathologists (CAP), and other survey teams.
Functional Statement Title: Nursing Assistant. GS 3-5
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