The New Mexico VA Healthcare System is recruiting for a Health Technician assigned to Nursing Service. The primary purpose of the position is to provide medical, and administrative support assistance to the Inpatient units. The Technician will perform numerous assignments to relieve the medical student/resident of routine duties that can be performed by ancillary staff, and will uphold the standards of care as outlined by the Medical Center and Nursing Service policies and procedures. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-05 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-04 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: Received written and verbal requests for a variety of difficult exams, entering consults, scheduling exams, entering clinical reminders, entering requests for labs and x-rays; has updated patient demographic information; has set controls, calibrated and operated equipment such as electrocardiographic (ECG) equipment, CBG monitors, ABI doppler, bladder scan, spirometer, and vital sign monitors; has performed a variety of routine and difficult diagnostic tests and procedures including CBG, venipuncture, orthostatic blood pressure, oxygen saturation, visual acuity, 12 lead ECG and accessories, ABI, PFT, foot exams, and the like. OR Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. OR Combination: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. 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-05. 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. ["The major duties and responsibilities of the Health Technician includes but are not limited to: Operates and maintains commonly used electrocardiographic (ECG) equipment including 12 lead ECG and accessories. Collect blood samples for laboratory testing daily/as ordered for the med-surg units and other inpatient units as needed to support Veteran Centered Care. Interacts with patients, visitors, staff, students, and volunteers in a courteous, helpful, cooperative, and compassionate manner. Performing technical and administrative tasks such as, ABls, bladder ultrasounds, Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs), venipuncture and phlebotomy, wound care, ear irrigation, monofilament foot exam, Assisting Veterans with scheduling appointments, Recognizes an emergent change in the physical and emotional condition of patients and takes appropriate action. Retrieves data from files at the request of physicians to include films from radiology. Prepares patients for meals, feeds and assists those requiring help. Operates and maintains medical instruments and equipment for diagnostic and treatment procedures such as, ECG equipment including 12 lead ECG and accessories, Hoyer Lift, Davis Roller, Special Beds, vital signs monitors, etc. Applies comfort, protective and supportive devices such as scrotal supports, binders, slings, stockings, safety belts, side-rails, pillows, and restraints. Update patient demographic information as appropriate. Notifies health care professionals of tests results such as EKGs, pulmonary functions, CBG's, and vital signs; documents aforementioned test results in Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) Graphic User Interface (GUI). Upholds standards of care outlined by Medical Center and Service policies and procedures. Work Schedule: Full-time, Permanent, Rotating Shifts Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician/PD#4037A Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary but also requires some standing, walking, bending, lifting and carrying of heavy items. The work requires above average agility and dexterity. The work may require heavy lifting of equipment or patients. Good vision and hearing are required to collect patient data. Must be able to utilize good body mechanics and have stamina to withstand stress."]
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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.