Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide Nursing Assistant - Telemetry in Iowa City, Iowa

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1976349

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?

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.

The announcement for current Iowa City VA Health Care System employees is:

Recruitment Incentive Authorized for highly qualified candidates.

This position is not required to file a financial disclosure report.


The Iowa City VA Health Care System is currently looking for a Full Time Nursing Assistant Telemetry for our Inpatient Care Unit. As a VA Nursing Assistant you will receive competency training to provide continuous monitor observation to all inpatients ouside of the ICU utilizing the Philips Intellivue system. You will also receive a basic training in performing certain direct patient care, CNA duties. You can be assigned on a regular or rotating basis to an inpatient ward and works a rotating tour of duty following formal classroom instruction and demonstration of competency in the nursing assistant direct patient care duties. Under carefully planned and controlled conditions in the clinical area, you can preform the following relatively simple and repetitive direct patient care tasks.

Other duties include but not limited to:

  • Oversees central monitoring for Inpatient Care
  • Recognize abnormalities, differentiate between artifact and arrhythmia, and interpret complex rhythms.

Work Schedule: Sunday - Saturday; Various Shifts.

Functional Statement Title/#: Nursing Assistant - Telemetry

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

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.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education or Training. One year above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation.
  • English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience: Previous experience working in an Emergency Department as a Nursing Assistant is preferred. Completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant course is also preferred, however not required. 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.

Grade Determinations:

GS-3 (Entry Level):

A. Experience and Education: None beyond the basic requirements provided above.


A. 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 intermedite treatments. -or-

B. Education. Successful completion of 2 years above high school in an accreditied 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;

*GS-5 (Full Performance Level): *

A. 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 specific assignment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (c) below; -or-

B. 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 possession of a bachelor's degree.

References: Qualification based off of VA Handbook 5005; 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:Good physical and mental ability is required. Position involves considerable strenuous physical exertion on a regular recurring basis. The work involves long periods of moving about the work unit. The work requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, lifting, and repositioning patients or similar activities. Ability to work around moving objects and equipment. Normal hearing and visual acuity. Must be able to push, pull, stoop, and walk in addition to having manual dexterity. Must be able to wear a mask and protective clothing while working.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

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:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

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.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $26,150.00 to $42,702.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0621-03/05

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 472478800

Job Announcement Number: IC-17-417-JRS-1976349-BU