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Colorado State CNA/Client Care Aide II at Bruce McCandless Veterans Home in Fremont County, Colorado

CNA/Client Care Aide II at Bruce McCandless Veterans Home



CNA/Client Care Aide II at Bruce McCandless Veterans Home


$2,683.00 Monthly


Fremont County, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

ILC 00179 09/15/2020


9/27/2020 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

This position is open only to Colorado state residents.

About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • Discounted RTD EcoPass (Denver Metro locations)

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • CafeWell employee wellness program

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

*Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to

Our Culture & Environment:

We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

Bruce McCandless State Veterans Community Living Center is a State-owned and operated skilled-nursing facility dedicated to serving those who have served us. We strive to provide excellent customer service and to respect and honor resident choices regarding bathing, rising, bedtimes, and other personal decisions. Our philosophy is to provide residents a home where life and love abound.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Description of Job

This position exists to provide direct hands-on nursing care to facility residents to include assistance with activities of daily living, documentation of care provided, awareness of psychosocial and physical needs/safety of residents, all performed in a manner consistent with the standards of the profession, legal and regulatory requirements.

Primary Job Duties Include:

Resident Care

  • Provide direct resident care by hands on performance or assistance as needed with activities of daily living. Provide environmental needs by arranging and adapting personal care items such as food or clothing and/or physical environment needs, e.g. wheelchair, walker, etc. Gently guide and instruct residents as needed in self-care activities.

  • Assists, orients and serves as preceptor to new CNAs to the facility, residents, policies and procedures and routines. The CCA II is a resource to the CCA I for suggestions and guidance in dealing with care for resistive residents.

  • Determine changes in resident's type of care required; i.e., variance in resident's individualized routine care due to change in resident's condition or observation in health status.

Nutrition and Hydration Care

  • When required for specific resident, provides assistance with eating and drinking by cutting up food and feeding the resident, adding thickening agents to liquids, cue residents and remind them of the proper swallowing techniques and strategies suggested by therapist.

  • Documents percentages of food and fluids taken by residents on the hydration flow sheets.

  • Recommends observation of specific residents who may need dietary changes, e.g. from regular diet to pureed or regular liquid to thickened liquid.

  • Organize daily work so required care is provided despite unexpected occurrences to provide quality nursing care.


  • Monitor safety needs by supervising residents' whereabouts, interactions and conditions and refer to charge nurse if necessary

Hygiene Care

  • Collaborate with charge nurse and other nursing personnel to provide and exchange information regarding resident care status, and to evaluate effectiveness and appropriateness of Treatment Care Plan, inform charge nurse of refusals of hygiene care.

  • Document observations and care provided on various residents records.

Psychosocial, Transport, Educational Requirements

  • Provide psychosocial needs of residents and their significant others by direct personal contact.

  • This position will be required to deliver lab specimens, drive a resident to a doctor's appointment, or to the hospital (if not transported by ambulance) utilizing a State vehicle.

  • Maintain education by attending mandatory and non-mandatory in-services and workshops to keep current as mandated by state law and VA regulations and facility policy and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Education and Experience:

A high school diploma or GED AND 1 year of experience as a licensed CNA

Employment history is calculated on a full-time basis (40/hrs per week). Part-time employment is calculated on a pro-rated basis to determine qualifications. Be sure your application specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the position and minimum requirements.


Current, valid nurse aide license (CNA) from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies will substitute for the high school diploma or GED.

Current, valid licensure as a Practical Nurse (LPN) from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies or any state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact will substitute for the experience requirement.

Special Qualifications:

Must have a valid Colorado CNA license upon entry into position.

Preferred Qualifications

Required Competencies

  • Skill in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to residents.

  • Possess good verbal, listening and written communication skills with all health care providers, residents, families and multidisciplinary team members.

  • Demonstrated ability to display professional conduct at all times when dealing with fellow staff members, residents, families and the general public.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.

  • Long-term care/nursing home experience is highly desirable

  • Effective problem solving skills

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned resident care based on the residents' conditions; to use judgment and to accurately recognize, report and record relevant resident information.

  • Knowledge and ability to explain assigned resident care best practices to peers with less experience

  • Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent resident care situations, seek guidance and direction of the RN and/or Supervisor/DON, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed.

  • Knowledge of quality standards, procedures, and protocols

  • Knowledge of specialized client care applicable to the work situation

  • Ability to effectively work with an resident population of varying physical, mental and emotional abilities and staff from multiple work units in the facility to achieve quality care planning and delivery

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including day, evening, and graveyard (night) shifts, as well as weekends, and holidays, as needed.

  • Must possess a Colorado Driver's License.

  • Must pass TB test which will be given prior to employment at employer's expense.

  • This position is considered essential services and therefore this employee must report to work without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency

    services to ensure health, safety, and welfare of clients.

  • A pre-employment criminal background & CAPS check will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges. Additionally, you will be required take and pass a drug screen.

  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information


Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume to their application.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience in the work experience section of the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Comparative Analysis Process

The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, and a structured interview depending on the number of qualified applicants.

For recruiting questions, please contact

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

ADAAA Accommodations: CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791.

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone 1-800-929-0791 or email ADA Coordinator at at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first- ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt to upload (attach) it.