This position is located in the Medical Imaging section at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital (578), Hines, IL - a complexity level la VHA facility. The incumbent serves as a Health Technician performing a multi-functional role and providing clinical, clerical and technical support for the Radiology Department. 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: Communication and interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously related to internal and external customers. Maintenance of confidentiality of patient/employee information, electronic and print. How to work and function in the medical center in a safe manner, including infection control and the correct operation of equipment. Age/population-specific care, as identified in the age/population-Specific Competencies (see Competency Checklist), including knowledge of principles of growth and development relevant to the population(s) served and associated age-specific changes; ability to assess and interpret data about the patient's status; and ability to identify population-specific needs and provide the appropriate care based upon the population-related factors noted. 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. ["Clinical 1. Assists techs/nurses/physicians with diagnostic and therapeutic imaging exams. 2. Performs, reports and records measurements such vital signs, intake and output, pulse oximetry, glucose finger stick and other parameters. 3. Applies appropriate principles of body mechanics and patient safety in assisting patients with movement, positioning, ambulation, and transportation. Uses assistive devices appropriately. 4. Establish helpful relationships with patients and others, interacts in a courteous manner; explains patient care provided. Provides emotional support, friendly assistance sympathetic understanding and encouragement to patients/families. 5. Contributes to patient well-being by providing assistance with personal hygiene, bowel/bladder care, physical comfort and a clean and safe environment. 6. Identifies obvious patient problems, symptoms, behavioral changes, and deviations from normal in a timely manner. 7. Assists in emergency situations and recognizes the need for and initiates cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Administrative 8. Correctly and safely uses equipment and supplies. 9. Cleans and returns equipment to the appropriately location and reports equipment repairs to the appropriate party. 10. Contributes to a clean and orderly work environment through routine maintenance activities such as ordering and stocking equipment and supplies; cleaning equipment and patient, care areas; providing proper containment/disposal of discarded materials; reporting maintenance and security problems to appropriate personnel. 11.Answers telephone and relays messages in a timely fashion. 12.Follows policies and procedures to ensure safety for patients, staff, and self. Identifies and immediately reports safety hazards to supervisors, 13. Seeks guidance/clarification of instructions from appropriate individuals as needed. 14.Completes patient care assignments within a reasonable period. 15.In the performance of official duties, has regular access to printed and electronic files containing sensitive information which must be protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws and regulations. The employee is responsible for: 16.Protecting that information from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion 17.Following applicable regulation and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc as set out in the Hospital's ADP agreement, which the employee signs. 18.Completes annual mandatory reviews. 19. Participates in continue education at service level. 20. Identifies personal learning needs/goals with supervision. 21. Provides instruction to others on correct performance of defmed tasks/procedures. 22. Receives, directs and answers routine patient inquires. 23. Assists with explaining exams to competent patients in terms the patient will comprehend as well as understanding potential hazards that may occur as a result of the exam. 24. Review, document, and enter lab orders into the computer system as directed. 25. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: To be determined Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician - Radiology/PD22037O Physical Requirements: This position requires sitting, bending, stooping, standing, and bending for long periods of time. Patient transport requires lifting and transporting patients in wheelchairs, gurneys and station vehicle. The work requires above average agility and dexterity."]
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