Nursing Assistant, GS-0621-05

This position is closed. 10/17/2012 12:00:00 AM


Department Of Veterans Affairs


Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration


  • Create an environment of respect for patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery.
  • Communicate with patients and their families to explain treatments and provide support.
  • Motivate patients to take an active role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, contributing to their recovery, and/or participating in activities of daily living.
  • Knowledge of interpersonal relationships and communication principles and has skills in applying them to assist in meeting patients' care needs.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient information and records by following established policies.
  • Document observations and treatments in patient's records using designated charting technique.
  • Provide patient information to team members for the development and evaluation of patient care plan and treatment goals.
  • Enters specific information into the patient's electronic records or charts.
  • Utilizes appropriate forms or designated nursing notes.
  • Documents pertinent information including vital signs, height, weight, pain level, clinical reminders, etc.
  • Act as a substitute escort when needed, to include; escorting to other units, escorting patients for diagnostic testing, and escorting to privately own vehicles when discharged.
  • Identify and communicate changes in patient behavior, attitude, bodily complaints and appearance.
  • Provide patient care by assisting patients with activities of daily living, promoting independence and autonomy. This includes toileting, washing hands, emptying urine bags, etc.
  • Monitors environment of care and initiates corrective actions to prevent patient injury.
  • Has sufficient knowledge to recognize life threatening conditions and initiate basic life support.
  • Assists patients with transfers from bed to chair, chair to bed, or bed to bedside commode using proper body mechanics to ensure safety to self and patient.
  • Provides nursing care to patients experiencing extremes of behavior, including the severely depressed, suicidal or homicidal patients, and drug or alcohol abuse patients.
  • Recognizes emergency situations and intervenes while awaiting assistance, including implementation of basic life support.
  • Provides nursing treatment for acutely ill patients whose needs required advance skill such as placing patient on cardiac monitor, taking EKG's and performing basic life support.
  • Knowledge of medical equipment, such as vital sign monitors, EKG machines, and glucose meters.
  • Knowledge of equipment terminology, drug terminology, medical terminology and skill to identify and use equipment and supplies properly.
  • Basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and body mechanics sufficient to observe, report, and record subtle physical and behavioral changes.
  • Knowledge sufficient to recognize life threatening conditions and initiate basic life support.
  • Provides care appropriate to the age and population of the patients served on his/her assigned unit as defined in the unit specific scope of care.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Ability to use initiative in carrying out recurring tasks independently without specific instruction.
  • Assumes responsibility for reporting on assigned patients at change of tour or change of unit.
  • Makes appropriate choices as to what tasks to perform first.
  • Organizes work to ensure completion of assignments according to established priorities and timelines.