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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Student Nurse Technician in Bedford, Massachusetts

Summary This Student Nurse Technician position is located within the Nursing Service at the Bedford VA Healthcare System, located in Bedford, MA. The SNT functions under the direct supervision of the RN. Students receive an orientation to an assignment and perform allied nursing functions defined as direct and indirect activities related to patient care as appropriately delegated by the accountable RN. This is an intermittent (Per Diem) Not to Exceed 1 Year position. Responsibilities This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program. The program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school. The Internship provides managers a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements. It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals while offering eligibility for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment upon completion. For more information on Internship opportunities within the Department of Veterans Affairs, please visit: Incumbent will be given opportunities to provide basic nursing care and procedures in alignment with the competencies learned in the academic setting and validated by VA staff in order to provide care to patients/residents with acute to chronic conditions in a health care setting. function as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients/residents receiving preventive, acute, sub-acute chronic, maintenance, and hospice care. The distinguishing factor is that patient/resident assignments typically involve more complex nursing needs which can vary within a range of predictable to unpredictable requirements. Student Trainees at this level also assume more of a peer education/mentorship role. Duties include, but are not limited to: Assists with orienting patient/family to unit routines and policies; Utilizes glucose monitoring machine to collect and document appropriate glucose readings for assigned veteran; Performs nursing procedures within scope of practice and according to policies and standard procedures to care for the veteran; Participates in Treatment Planning Meetings, utilizes equipment to promote the veteran self-care; Removes defective equipment, reports hazards, observes safety regulations, contributes to infection control, and utilizes proper aseptic technique in performance of duties; Draws ordered laboratory specimens except for type and screen; Participates in treatment team meetings for resident care planning, enters information about the residents' condition in the chart, utilizing appropriate formats; Accesses printed and electronic files containing sensitive information, which must be protected under the provision of the Privacy Act of 1974, the HIPAA implementation (effective April 14, 2003) and other applicable laws and regulations. Meets the needs of customers while supporting the medical center and service missions and ICARE values (I-integrity, C-commitment, A-advocacy, R-respect, E-excellence); and Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Intermittent (Per Diem), with rotations to weekends/holidays, day shift, evening shift or overnight shift and other shifts; Schedules vary based on assignment. PD #: S10137-A/S10136-A/S10135-A Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Notifications: This position is not a Bargaining Unit position. This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay. A copy of a current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. It is required that the BLS Certification must be from the American Heart Association. THIS OPEN & CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT (OCA) ESTABLISHES A STANDING REGISTER OF ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS, which closes on 6/21/2024. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be 4/1/2024 with subsequent reviews after the 1st of every month. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to background/security investigation Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP) Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/24/2024. You MUST qualify based on education and/or experience as described below: Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. Language Proficiency: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English. Provisions of appendix II-I of chapter 3, this part will be used, as applicable, to determine that title 5 employees in direct patient-care positions meet the English language proficiency requirements of 38 U.S.C. 7402(d). Education: Enrollment in an accredited BSN program: the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); OR the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Must be enrolled at least ½ time and in good standing as a sophomore or junior nursing student in an accredited BSN program. Supporting documentation must be submitted for consideration. Requirements for GS-3 Grade Level: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study in the field of nursing. The required education must lead to a bachelor's degree with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainees will receive training on the job. The degree of specialization in this field must satisfy on graduation the specific educational requirements in the qualification standard for the corresponding two-grade interval positions. Requirements for GS-4 Grade Level: Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree in the field of nursing. The required education must lead to a bachelor's degree with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainees will receive training on the job. The degree of specialization in this field must satisfy on graduation the specific educational requirements in the qualification standard for the corresponding two-grade interval positions. Requirements for GS-5 Grade Level: Completion of all the requirements for a bachelor's degree in Nursing. An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university. If selected you must: Maintain status as a current student, Maintain good academic standing, at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 grading scale, Adhere to an established work schedule approved by the supervisor, Provide proof of enrollment in a qualifying educational institution and academic transcripts at the end of each academic period and upon request, Perform, successfully, the duties and responsibilities in the assigned position description, Observe all workplace rules, such as dress code, office conduct and behavior, Participate in all VA mandatory training programs (either on-line or in the classroom), Notify the supervisor of any changes in the completion of the educational program, such as graduation date, changes in the major degree requirements, or changes in the educational institution's accreditation. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at Physical Requirements: Duties require extensive periods of sitting, standing, and walking. Working with patients requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, pushing, stretching and similar activities. The SNT is able to rotate to all tours and on occasion, be reassigned to any nursing sections. Must be able to accommodate varying schedules and workload within established regulatory parameters. The SNT must be able to physically lift a minimum of 35 pounds. This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until June 21, 2024. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be April 1, 2024 with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st of each month. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. Education A transcript must be submitted with your application. 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: Additional Information You are excluded from health benefits coverage if you are expected to work less than 130 hours per month for at least 90 days. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.