This position is located in the Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Mid Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6), VA Medical Center (VAMC), Salem, Virginia, Nursing Service line. This position provides a wide variety of technical and administrative duties to support the Emergency Department (ED) and Acute Care Nursing Staff. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-6 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) 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: monitoring vital signs, administering medications, assessing body systems, monitoring life support equipment, and implementing care plans, and knowledge and skill sufficient to give injections, catheterize, irrigate, suction and provide chest care (deep breathing, coughing, etc.) to patients. OR Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must demonstrate the following; Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. TRANSCRIPT(S) MUST BE SUBMITTED IF EDUCATION IS BEING USED TO QUALIFY. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S) ARE ACCEPTED. FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSCRIPT WILL DISQUALIFY YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION. OR Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-XX level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-XX. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. ["Major Duties:\nThis position has three basic responsibilities: transport of in-patients to and from acute care areas, secondary MET Code/Code Blue response, and clinical/administrative support for the delivery of acute and non-acute care in the ED These duties are not all inclusive and require the demonstration of appropriate training and documented competence prior to performance. All candidates must have current Basic Life Support (BLS) training before they may begin working within the ED. Once competency is established, the incumbent may assist with related patient care procedures under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or physician as appropriate. Care in the Emergency Department:\nClinical Duties may include but are not limited to: Obtains and documents patients' vital signs, recognizes and reports abnormal values to RN or ED physician staff, Initiates cardiac monitoring correctly, and is able to print rhythm strips or vital sign history, prepares patient for and obtains 12 lead ECGs; provides privacy and emotional support during test and Independently recognizes certain abnormalities in the ECG strip, e.g. premature ventricular contractions, tachycardia, bradycardia, ventricular fibrillation, etc., takes appropriate action, and notifies the RN or physician immediately, performs venipuncture, Collects, labels and sends laboratory specimens, performs Foley catheter insertions/irrigations, enemas, visual acuity testing, and performance of routine tracheotomy care, uses S-BAR format to verbally report and/or document in the medical record. Administrative duties:\nAssists with answering phone and placing calls/pages as needed, greets and assists arriving patients/families/visitors/ambulances and directs them to the appropriate treatment area, and participates in keeping the patient tracking board updated (EDIS system). Intra-hospital Transport:\nIndependently transports monitored/non-monitored patients to diagnostic procedures or to/from inpatient units within the facility, as directed by supervisory RN, uses S-BAR communication and appropriate documentation to report their observation and care of Veteran during transport to and from diagnostic or care area, will initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation according to AH.A. standards; maintains BLS and ACLS guidelines and cleans stretchers, wheelchairs and equipment according to policy and procedures. On-Station Emergencies:\nProvides secondary response to MET Code / Code Blue emergency situations within the facility and/or on the facility grounds, and is expected to assist other designated Code Team members to determine the nature, extent and seriousness of the patient's condition. Work Schedule: 6:00am-2:30pm, or 2:00pm-10:30pm, Monday-Friday\nPosition Description Title/PD#: Intermediate Care Technician/PD00000\nPhysical Requirements: The work requires the Health Technician to be mobile throughout the Emergency Department and medical center as needed, involving standing, walking, bending, pushing, and lifting (moderately heavy). The Health Technician should be capable of prolonged standing/walking and be physically capable of pushing equipment , wheelchairs and patient stretchers."]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.