DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
VA Western New York Healthcare System
3495 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215
222 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, NY 14020
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 528-09-110
OPENING DATE: October 14, 2009 CLOSING DATE: November 3, 2009
POSITION: Nursing Assistant, GS-0621-04
SALARY RANGE: $27,504 - $35,753 per year
DUTY LOCATION: Oak Lodge
Geriatrics & Extended Care Line
Batavia, New York
BARGAINING UNIT/UNION NAME: 1272 – American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
TOUR OF DUTY: 20 hrs per week, evenings (3:30pm-12am), variable days,
Subject to change based on Agency needs
WHO MAY APPLY (Area of Consideration): Current permanent employees of the VA Western New York Healthcare
System including permanent Veterans Canteen Service Staff (after 90-days) and those eligible under the VA/OPM
Interchange Agreement, current Federal employees serving under a career or career conditional appointment applying for
transfer/reassignment to the same (full performance level of GS-4) or lesser grade, former Federal employees with
reinstatement eligibility, veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under
honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service or persons eligible for non-competitive
appointment under Special Authorities, such as, but not limited to, appointment authorities for disabled veterans, veterans
recruitment authority (VRA) eligibles, severely disabled individuals. The area of consideration has been expanded to
ensure an adequate pool of candidates.
If you are NOT eligible to apply under one of the above-listed authorities, please apply online (public announcement) at
www.usajobs.gov, reference job announcement number VN289380. PLEASE NOTE - the public announcement closes
on October 22, 2009.
RELOCATION EXPENSES AUTHORIZED: No
NUMBER OF VACANCIES: 1
DUTIES: This position serves as a Nursing Assistant, located at the Batavia VA Medical Center in Batavia, NY. The
employee performs as a "Nursing Assistant" who functions as a member of the nursing team and participates in the care of
patients in acute all stages of illness with changing nursing needs that are predictable and require periodic assessment by
the Registered Nurse. The assignment of work may be located in a surgical, medical, long-term care, or out-patient
department. For a complete list of duties, please contact Human Resources.
NOTE: CNA CERTIFICATION PREFERRED
BASIC REQUIREMENT: You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English for this position, in addition to
meeting experience or education requirements listed below. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve
in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in
basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. The English Language proficiency
statement appears as a Selective Placement Factor on the Assessment Questionnaire.
Selective Factors are skills, knowledge’s or other worker characteristics basic to - and essential for - satisfactory
performance of the job and are a prerequisite to appointment. Selective factors represent minimum requirements for a
position, and applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.
You must have (6) six months1 of general experience AND six months1 of specialized experience.
General Experience is in any type of work that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of a nursing assistant or
experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the position.
Specialized Experience must be close to the work of this job and has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and
abilities required to successfully perform the duties of Nursing Assistant. Typically we would find this experience in
work within this field or a field that includes non-professional nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing
home, or other medical, nursing, or patient care facility, or in such work as that of a home health aid performing duties
Providing personal nursing care such as providing pre- and post-operative care.
Support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, such as setting up and operating special medical
equipment and apparatus.
Caring for mentally ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and
providing reassurance and encouragement.
Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining
sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.
To qualify based on education and training2 : You must have successfully completed a (2) two year degree program in
an accredited community college, junior college, college, or university in practical nursing or in a field of study
appropriate to the specialization of the position, such as education in a program for a psychology, psychiatric, or operating
(TRANSCRIPT OR COURSE LISTING REQUIRED)
To qualify based on a combination of experience and education: Equivalent combinations3 of successfully completed
post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements2 .
(TRANSCRIPT OR COURSE LISTING REQUIRED)
A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis
of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate
clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such
A transcript or course listing must be submitted if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. See
Step 3 under "How to Apply" for a description of a course listing. Applications submitted without this information will
not be considered.
To calculate the combination of education and experience, determine the amount of experience you have as a percentage
of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine the amount of education you have as a percentage of the
education required for the grade level. Only education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level is
qualifying. Add the two percentages; the total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify for the grade level.
Example: the position to be filled is an Editorial Assistant, GS-5. The applicant has 9 months of specialized
experience and 75 semester hours of college (15 semester hours beyond the second year and the equivalent of 3
months of specialized experience. The applicant meets 75 percent of the required experience and 25 percent of
the required education. The applicant meets 100% of the requirement for one year of specialized experience and
is qualified for the position.
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 (particularly positions with a positive
education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report attendance and/or degrees from only these schools. Applicants
can verify accreditation at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed
by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
NOTE: Qualification requirements are in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards
for General Schedule Positions, group Coverage Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions and
Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0621, Nursing Assistant Series, which are available for review at:
Educational Substitution for Experience:
To receive credit for education, all pertinent college transcripts must be submitted with the application package.
NOTE: Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave (personal/vacation days) accrual based on prior
non-Federal or military service experience.
Proficiency Requirement: Certified Nursing Assistant preferred but not required. If you are a CNA, please send copy of
certification with application materials.
English Language Proficiency: If you are appointed to a direct patient-care position or position incident to direct patient
care, proficiency in spoken and written English is required in accordance with 38 USC 4105(c).
Drug Testing: This is a testing designated position (TDP) under the VA Drug-Free Workplace Program. If you are
tentatively selected for the position and are not now in a TDP subject to random testing, you may be subject to urinalysis
to screen for illegal drug use prior to final selection. Applicants who refuse to be tested will not be selected. Appointment
to this position will not be effected if there is a verified positive drug test result.
Physical Requirements: Selected candidate may be required to successfully pass a medical examination.
Background Investigation: Appointment to this position is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the required
Selective Service: To be eligible for Federal employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at
the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so
under Selective Service law.
BASIS OF RATING: All relevant information available on each candidate, i.e., application, Official Personnel Folder,
supplemental qualifications statement, appraisals, awards, rating panel, interview, will be used to determine the best
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSA’s): Please explain how your experience (including non-paid),
education, training, job related honors and awards indicate you meet the rating factors. All applicants should provide
clear, concise examples that show level of accomplishment or degree to which they possess the KSA’s.
1. Knowledge and skill sufficient to perform or assist in all aspects of nursing care to meet patient needs for physical,
social, psychological, spiritual, and cultural well being.
2. Knowledge and skill sufficient to incorporate safe working practices into patient care.
3. Knowledge and skill sufficient to utilize effective communication techniques with patients, families, nursing staff, and
members of the multidisciplinary team.
4. Knowledge and skill sufficient to document specific information as appropriate, utilizing approved terminology.
5. Knowledge of human body structure, function, and health problems; skill efficient to assist in rehabilitative aspects of
patient care, activity, exercise and rest, hygiene and nutrition.
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Selection does not guarantee promotion to the target (or any intervening) grade. The
selected candidate may be promoted without further competition when all legal and regulatory requirements for promotion
to the next higher grade are met; selectee demonstrates the ability to perform the duties at the higher grade to the
satisfaction of the supervisor; and where there is sufficient work at the higher grade level.
CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) EMPLOYEES: (1) Must be a current VA employee
identified as displaced or surplus serving on a career or career-conditional competitive appointment, or an excepted
service appointment without a time limit. (2) The vacancy is at or below the grade level and with no greater promotion
potential than the position from which you have or may be separated. (3) You are found to be well-qualified. To be
considered well-qualified you must meet the minimum education, experience, suitability and physical requirements. You
must also meet all selective factors, where applicable, and exceed the minimum qualifications of the position for all
knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristic factors. (4) You must occupy a position in the same local commuting
area of the position for which you are applying. Individuals seeking CTAP must submit a copy of their Reduction in
Force (RIF) separation notice, or Certificate of Expected Separation; a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel
Action, SF-50B which shows tenure and position occupied; and a copy of our most recent performance rating of record.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with
disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the
servicing Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case
HOW TO APPLY: Your completed application must be received at the address below by the closing date of the
announcement in order to receive consideration:
Human Resources Office (05)
3495 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
Current Permanent VA Western New York Healthcare Employees must submit the following:
1. VA Form 5-4078;
2. *Written response to the rating factors (use VA Form 5-4676a, “Employee Supplemental Qualifications
Statement” or plain bond paper);
3. Copy of College Transcripts, if applicable.
* For positions covered by the AFGE agreement, employees have until the 7th calendar day after the closing date to
submit VA Form 5-4676a. All other forms are due by the closing date.
All others must submit the following:
1. Your choice of: a resume or Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612). If you are submitting a
resume, it MUST include the following:
A. Announcement Number.
B. Full legal name and complete mailing address.
C. Daytime as well as evening telephone numbers, including area code.
Country of Citizenship.
D. Social Security Number.
E. For experience most relevant to the position, include name and address of employer, job title, starting
and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, supervisor’s name and telephone
number, and a description of your duties. If the position is (was) with the Federal government, state
series and grade or pay level. Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor. Submit current or last
Standard Form 50-B, “Notification of Personnel Action.”
F. For all colleges/universities attended, provide name, location and dates of attendance. You submit a
G. Description of training, honors, awards, recognition, license or certification relevant to the position.
2. OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment. New regulations require that all applicants for federal employment
must complete the OF-306; therefore, application materials submitted without this form cannot be processed.
THIS FORM IS REQUIRED EVEN IF YOU ARE A CURRENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEE.
3. If you are a Veteran, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy preferred).
4. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit the Application for 10-Point Veteran
Preference (SF-15) with the required documentation.
5. Current Federal employees must submit a recent SF-50B, “Notification of Personnel Action,” and a copy of most
recent performance appraisal.
6. Applicants applying as reinstatements should also submit SF-50B, “Notification of Personnel Action,” reflecting
their prior status.
7. Applicants must complete the supplemental qualification statement that will be included in the application
INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES: Failure to submit a complete application package, as stated in the
announcement, will result in your application not being rated.
NO POSTAGE PAID ENVELOPE: Applications mailed using government postage and/or internal federal government
mail systems are in violation of VA and postal regulations will not be accepted.
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Rutland in Human Resources at 716-862-8872.
INTERVIEWS: Any interviews that may be conducted for this position will use the Performance Based Interviewing
(PBI) process. Further information is available at www.va.gov/pbi.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to
race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status
or other differences.