This position is located in the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Center at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Aurora, Colorado. The primary purpose of this position is to support clinical day-to-day operations related to technical health care procedures under the supervision of the SCI Rehabilitation Therapists, Registered Nurses, and/or Clinicians as required. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. This Health Aid and Technician Series, 0640, has individual occupational requirements, as described below: Individual Occupational Requirements: Specialized Experience: Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled. GS-06 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: performing patient screening; observing and communicating with patients and visitors; performing specimen collection; assisting with patient exams; performing vital signs and wound care. 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. ["This is an open-continuous announcement. The announcement will remain open until there is no longer a need. There will be multiple cut-off dates used to consider applications for referral to the selecting official. The cut-off dates to consider applications for referral to the selecting official are as follows: December 5, 2022; December 19, 2022; January 2, 2023; January 16, 2023; January 30, 2023; February 13, 2023; February 27, 2023; March 13, 2023; March 27, 2023; April 10, 2023; April 24, 2023; May 8, 2023; May 22, 2023. The Health Technician (SCI/D) performs the following major duties: Treats, instructs or works with patients in carrying out therapeutic activities prescribed for their physical or mental rehabilitation. Assists in performing therapy functions performed by professional therapists, e.g., planning therapy treatment for patients who are not critically or acutely ill. Assists patients that are referred for treatment on the basis of a medical prescription. The prescription usually includes the treatment objective, diagnosis, length of treatment and necessary precautions to be observed during the therapy sessions. In some situations, the patient is referred to the therapist without a specific prescription for treatment. Works with patients on an individual basis, in small groups, or in large groups, depending on the patient's physical and mental status and individual needs for treatment. Provides nursing care to patients. Assist doctors and nurses in the care and treatment of patients receiving medical, surgical, psychiatric, or outpatient treatment. Provides personal care to patients, on a regular, continuing basis; serves as a member of the treatment team in motivating patients and redirecting their behavior toward treatment plan goals. Observes, assists and completes bowel and bladder care programs for admitted patients. Set up equipment for monitoring, interpreting and recording cardiac telemetry. Performs 12-Lead ECG as ordered by clinician providing results to clinician and ensures results are downloaded to electronic health record. Performs venous blood draws and blood cultures appropriately, while adhering to infection control practices. Performs specimen collection, preparation and transfer to the lab for processing of blood, tissue, urine, stool and sputum as a routine part of his/her practice. Participates in the admission of patients by collecting patient information, orienting patients to the unit, and assisting Nurses in formulating nursing actions. Takes vital signs and supports Physicians in diagnostic tests such as biopsies and lumbar punctures. Work Schedule: Multiple Tours (as determined by supervisor/service needs) Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician - Spinal Cord Injury/ PD11843A and PD11843A Physical Requirements: Work requires regular and recurring periods of standing and walking throughout the ward. The employee defends self and others from the physical attack of patients. The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion. It may involve walking, frequent bending, reaching and stretching to set up and take apart equipment; lifting and positioning patients; and carrying, pushing, or pulling moderately heavy objects. Duties may require above average dexterity. Work Environment: The work is normally performed inside ward areas which are adequately heated and ventilated. Work areas are noisy, the employee is subjected to physical attack from patients on a regular and recurring basis. Technicians perform the work in a setting involving regular and recurring exposure to infectious and contagious diseases, odors and other risks which require special health and safety precautions such as wearing protective clothing such as gloves, masks, or, lead aprons."]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - 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 whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.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. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.