Health Technician (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Internal Number: 654423800
The Health Technician (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology) (HTASLP) position is within Audiology and Speech Pathology Service (ASPS) located at Audie L. Murphy VAMC in San Antonio, Texas. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Experience and Education. Experience. Six months of experience comparable to the next lower level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled. OR Education. Successful completion of two academic years above high school leading to an associate degree or a bachelor's degree with at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the position. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) OR Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. An example of a combination of experience/education is three months of experience comparable to the next lower level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled and one year above high school with a minimum of 6 semester hours related to the health care industry. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) Grandfathering Provision. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Foreign Education. To be creditable, education completed outside the U.S. must have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education must have been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. programs. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. HTA, HTSLP or HTASLP candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403 (f). Grade Determinations: HTASLP, GS-04 Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Assignment. This is an entry level developmental position. The HTASLP at this level works independently under the direction of a licensed audiologist or SLP. The assignment of this position includes but is not limited to assisting the audiologist or SLP with patient assessment and treatment. The health technician will adhere to audiology and speech-language pathology clinic policy and standard operating procedures for infection control and cleaning, sterilization and disposition of RME and radiation safety. The health technician maintains a comprehensive supply and equipment tracking system to include: monitoring stock of RME and consumable items; ensuring proper inventory levels to complete the daily tasks; prioritizing the acquisition of all supplies and equipment with regard to date of expiration; maintaining proper levels of mailing and shipping supplies; preparing mailing/shipping requests for items including but not limited to: hearing aid and hearing assistive technology repairs, ear mold orders and return for credit items; and maintaining loaner hearing aid inventory. HTASLP, GS-05 Experience. One year of experience comparable to the next lower level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled. OR Education. Successful completion of four academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with at least 24 semester hours in courses related to the position or a bachelor's degree in a major field of study appropriate to the functions of the occupation. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSAs). In addition to meeting the experience or educational requirements for this grade level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of anatomy of the head and neck. (b) Ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing. (c) Knowledge of basic hearing technologies and speech-language pathology needs. (d) Knowledge of basic infection control procedures and guidelines. (e) Ability to maintain stock and supply level inventories. (f) Skill in using basic computer software such as email, spreadsheet and word processing. HTASLP, GS-06 Experience. Completion of one year of progressive experience and/or experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of normal and abnormal ear anatomy and structures and functions of the oral mechanism. (b) Knowledge of medical terminology as it relates to speech-language pathology and audiology for communication, swallowing impairments and hearing impairments. (c) Ability to solve problems or make decisions regarding devices such as hearing aids, hearing assistive technologies, and communication devices for patient care. (d) Knowledge of hearing aids, hearing assistive technology, hearing aid manufacturers and manufacturer software. (e) Knowledge of prosthetic items and communication devices and supplies commonly prescribed by the speech-language pathology staff and assist with ordering and tracking process. (f) Ability to prepare supplies and equipment for speech, language, voice and/or swallowing evaluation and treatment. (g) Ability to document and code patient procedures. Preferred Experience: -Familiar with Speech Pathology and Audiology practices -Familiar with VA systems such as CPRS, Message Manager, VISTA -Experience with customer service in a health care setting -Familiar with handling and processing of medical equipment -Experience with safe patient transfers References: VA Handbook 5005/143 PART II APPENDIX G70. HEALTH TECHNICIAN (AUDIOLOGY), HEALTH TECHNICIAN (SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY) AND HEALTH TECHNCIAN (AUDIOLOGY & SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY) QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-0640 Veterans Health Administration May 13, 2021 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-04 to GS-06. Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (8 hours); Standing (8 hours); Repeated bending (5 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted); Mental/ emotional stability ["Duties may include but are not limited to: Set-up and break-down of all equipment for endoscopic and fluoroscopic procedures according to ASPS Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Assists Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) during exams with tasks to include, but not limited to: Prepare all necessary supplies and equipment per SOP for: Clinical, endoscopic, or fluoroscopic swallow exams; Endoscopic; voice exams; Care of surgical airway patients; Managing recording and storing imaging exams; Feeding patients during swallow exams as directed by the SLP Assist with safe patient repositioning or transfer in accordance with training provided by nursing operations. Triages calls or Message Manager alerts for patient scheduling with audiology provider from veterans with complaints about their hearing aids or assistive listening devices Responsible for completion of monthly internal environment of care survey for staff and patient care areas per hospital safety protocol Contributes in daily safety huddles to report on any items that may impact safe deliver of care for the day Maintaining clinic inventory of equipment to include biomedical equipment, IT equipment, equipment used for demonstration and assists with service level inventory reviews Tracking prosthetic requests entered by SLP and communicating periodic updates with the SLP and veteran Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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