Jan 26, 2023

WDVA Nursing Assistant Certified IN TRAINING, Spokane Veterans Home New

  • Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Spokane, WA, USA

Job Description


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Nursing Assistant Certified

In Training
Spokane Veterans Home

We are excited to announce a new opportunity to obtain your Nursing Assistant Certification, here at the beautiful Spokane Veterans Home in Spokane, Washington!

*The wage listed in this recruitment is reflective of the wage increase effective July 1st, 2022!

Please Note: This program is completely free to candidates who qualify – and we will pay you while you are in training!

Here at the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), we are passionate about our mission of “Serving Those Who Served.” As a national leader in our advocacy for more than 500,000 veterans and their family members, we strive to connect them to earned benefits as well as innovative programs focused on their overall health and wellness. In addition, we provide critical community services through a variety of programs, and at our four State Veterans Homes located in Orting, Port Orchard, Spokane, and Walla Walla. These locations provide Medicare and Medicaid nursing home care to honorably discharged veterans, including, in some instances, their spouses, widows, or Gold Star.

Build your skills as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a supportive environment! At the successful completion of this in-training program, you will have received 43 clinical hours, 36 lab hours, and 45 hours of theory, totaling 124 hours of training!

Tell me more!

  • You’ll be hired into this position as an NAC in-training, making 18.66 an hour. The in-training program is facilitated at The Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) Lakeland Village Academy for Nursing Assistants (LVANA).
  • WDVA will facilitate the application and fees for the Nursing Assistant Registered (NAR) credential on the first day of hire. An active NAR credential and skills verification must be obtained prior to working with residents at WDVA facilities.
  • You’ll receive training in-person using the Hartman textbook, PowerPoint slideshows, skills videos, hands-on skills training, and written exams.
  • At completion of the course, you must pass a written and skills test to obtain your NAC license. In addition, you must apply for their Nursing Assistant Certification through the Department of Health after completion of the program and attain certification within 120 days of being hired.
  • Once the Nursing Assistant Certification is obtained, the hourly rate will increase to $20.98/ an hour!
Connect with your goals to become a Nursing Assistant Certified, and change lives by helping support our mission of "Serving Those Who Served” by applying now!


Some of what you'll be doing includes:

  • Under the supervision of a Licensed Nurse, you’ll assist in the delivery of nursing and nursing-related care to residents of the Spokane Veterans Home. In addition, you’ll assist residents with activities of daily living (ie: bathing, dressing, grooming, hygiene, toileting, eating) in a long-term care facility.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Assisting residents with positioning, transferring and ambulation; ensuring a safe and secure work environment, including preventative infection control methods.
  • Responding to call lights, internal and external emergencies, and facility codes.
  • Recording care, vital signs and observations.
  • Assisting residents with personal clothing, belongings and equipment; bathing, dressing, grooming, hygiene, etc.
  • Assisting with therapies and treatment under the direction of licensed personnel; motion exercises as needed.
  • Accurately obtaining, recording vital signs and other resident data; documenting intake/output records.
  • Performing basic nursing procedures such as applying anti-embolism stockings, applying creams or lotions, collecting specimens, etc.


Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Employee must be able to walk, sit, and bend in an unrestricted manner on a consistent basis during the entire workday.
  • Must have the ability to speak, read and write in the English language for medical charts.
  • Ability to obtain the Nursing Assistant Registered credential within the first 2 weeks of hire.
  • Ability to obtain a Nursing Assistant Certification within 120 days of hire.
  • Capable of lifting up to 60 lbs. frequently using proper techniques, capable of reaching for activities such as repositioning or to gain access to supplies and is capable of pushing or pulling with sufficient strength.
  • Accurate methods and practices to assist residents with activities of daily care, personal hygiene, sanitation methods, record keeping, reporting changes, infection control procedures and residents rights.
  • Must be able to perform overtime after 60 days of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must have good communication skills and have the ability to work collaboratively.

Supplemental Information

Check out this awesome video here to see what it is like to work for the WDVA!

Application Process:

The top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this position. Because the selection will be based on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described below.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. A letter of interest describing specific qualifications.
2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.

Finalists will be asked to provide a list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.

Other Information:

  • Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated. Your vaccine status will be verified at New Employee Orientation.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
  • Must comply with health screening requirements by undergoing a tuberculosis skin test and remain current in CPR.
  • Positions requiring travel must have a valid unrestricted driver's license and must be insured if driving a privately owned vehicle on state business.
  • This position is represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).
  • Requires use of personal protective equipment as identified through a job hazard analyses and PPE assessment.
  • Must be able to lift 60 lbs and reach/pull with sufficient strength.

Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.