Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Technician in Stephens City, Virginia
Summary This position is located in the Primary Care Services of the Community Based Outpatient Clinics and reports to Veterans Heath Administration (VHA), Martinsburg, WV. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the functional expert for issues pertaining to the CBOC Primary Care Team and to fulfill President Lincoln's promise, "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are American's veterans. Responsibilities The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Use of word processing software to produce a variety of documents such as encounter forms, treatment plans, specialty procedures (such as EKGs); uses database software to enter, revise, sort and retrieve data for reports or review; transmits and received documents and messages electronically using a personal computer workstation networked or linked to other clinic computers or workstations and to Martinsburg and other VA facilities through a central processing unit. Utilizes Medicine Package daily for entry, edit and display of data from a large number of medical tests and procedures. Medicine tests are organized to help physicians manage patient data and furnish reports on a timely basis. It is an important part of capturing the workload which is utilized at the VISN level. Demonstrates consistency in providing accurate information to internal/external customers. Assists in orientation of physicians and other clinic personnel including proper procedures for requesting medical tests and the requirement for completion of exams. Serves as a source of information concerning VA regulations, policies and procedures such as eligibility, co-payments, beneficiary travel, etc. Maintains provider schedules and enters orders accurately per text order and verifies in CPRS that orders are completed. Responsible for scheduling appointments of patients, adhering to the scheduling directive, placing appropriate notes in CPRS, and notifying the appropriate PACT Team members in a timely manner. Places patients on the EWL and the Veterans Choice list (VCL) per the scheduling directive. Responsible for identifying patient medical emergencies and notifying the appropriate medical staff, initiating basic life support measures needed and maintaining CPR certification. Performs venipuncture and instructs patients in proper procedures for preparing for blood test, bleeding time test, 24 hour urine collection, and collection on specimens for culture and sensitivity. Responsible for monthly POC control testing of Urine Pregnancy tests, COAG meter, A1C meter, and glucometer in addition to quarterly CAP surveys. Responsible for cleaning equipment in accordance with OSHA and infection control standards and maintaining cleanliness in the entire lab area. Responsible for packaging and signing over transport of biohazard waste material and maintaining up to date training as required. Performs EKG's and is capable of recognizing clinical abnormalities and determining which abnormalities should be immediately brought to the attention of the medical staff. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am until 4:30 pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Health Technician/PD07669A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/29/2021. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: 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. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position. For GS-6: No education substitute for the individual occupation requirement. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Applies Technology to TasksCommunicationCustomer ServiceMedical InformationTechnical Competence 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. Education Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.