THIS OPEN & CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT (OCA) ESTABLISHES A STANDING REGISTER OF ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS, which closes on June 5, 2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be March 26, 2023 with subsequent reviews every other week as additional vacancies occur, or on an as-needed basis, until positions are filled. Please see the "What To Expect Next" area of the announcement which provides additional information on the referral process for this type of announcement. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Basic Requirements: 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. GS-07 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-6 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: Practical knowledge of the major body systems. Patient Screening Assisting in behavioral/psychiatric situations in an outpatient setting Assisting outpatient licensed staff with the delivery of care to patients with complex, specialized, and potentially life-threatening situations. Follow up Care Specimen Collection Wound Care Equipment & Surgical Instrumentation set up Perform patient examination and to provide prompt and efficient patient care and appropriate patient handling. Broad knowledge of equipment and supplies to adequately anticipate the demands of providers in multiple sub-specialties. Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above the GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the positions. One (1) Full year of graduate education (or 18 semester hours) meets the requirements for the GS-7. Part time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the the school attended. 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-7. 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. Preferred Qualification: Veterans, transitioning service, National Guard, and Reserve military Corpsmen, Combat Medics, and Medical Technicians interested in temporary or permanent Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) positions. Examples of military occupational specialties highly desired, include but are not limited to: 4NOX- Basic Medical Technician, 4NOIC- Independent Duty Medical Technician, X4NO- Aeromedical Evacuation Technician, 1T2X1- Para-rescue man, 68W- Combat Medic Specialist, 18D- Army Special Forces (Medic), 68WW1- Special Operations Flight Medic, HM0000- Basic Hospital Corpsman, HM8404- Field Medical Service Technician, HM8425- Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman, HM8402- Submarine Force Independent Duty Corpsman, HM8401- Search and Rescue Medical Technician, HM8403- Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Independent Duty Corpsman, HM8406- Aerospace Medical Technician, and HS- Basic Health Services Technician. 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 Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) is assigned to the Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA). This position serves as an advance technician for outpatient care settings such as; primary care, mental health, and specialty clinics. As an ICT Generalist the incumbent may serve in a medical center, community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC), mobile medical unit or may have virtual/remote assignments. The incumbent performs ongoing patient care duties in an outpatient clinical setting. ICTs perform tasks in accordance with local policies after documented completion of training and demonstration of appropriate skills and competency. These tasks are not all inclusive and require the demonstration of appropriate training and documented competence prior to their performance. May assist with or perform other related approved technical health care procedures under the direction and supervision of the licensed personnel as competency is demonstrated and documented. Duties include but are not limited to; Performing observation-based screening and collecting patient information in collaboration with licensed personnel. Completing clinical reminders, obtaining patient health history, chief complaints, medication history, and identification of health-related conditions that may impact the patient's health status. Complete approved templates and tools, such as the outpatient intake form, normal result notes, and follow up treatment protocols established by the agency. Possess the knowledge to recognize life threatening situations and act to correct these emergent situations according to established national or local protocols. Clinical responsibilities include but are not limited to: Vital signs. Point-of-care (POC). Ex: Hand-held blood analyzer (I-STAT), glucometer. Equipment and surgical instrumentation set up. Ex: skin biopsies (excisional, shave, punch). Treatments and interventions. Ex: Cryotherapy, incision and drainage, ambulation, and Foley coude' catheter insertion. Wound care. Examples: bandaging, application of dressings and wound measurements. Specimen collection and Preparation. Ex: collecting and labeling venous blood samples and mucous specimens. Assisting with patient exams and screening. Ex: gynecology exams. Preparation of lab specimens and transfer to the lab for processing: Ex: Labeling, placing in the proper bin or tube system. Assisting with patient exams and screening, utilizing technology such as telehealth peripherals. Ex: primary care physical exams (heart, eye, ear, nose, throat (EENT); gait exams, and skin exams. Mental health care. Ex: Crisis intervention, performs behavioral/mental health screens, conducts interviews, and observes behavioral patients. Patient education within scope of care or while providing an intervention. Ex: postprocedural care, splint care and wound care. Follow-up care: Ex: Suture removal. Electronic Health Record (EHR): Thoroughly and appropriately documents actions, interventions and procedures in the medical record. Ex: Procedural notes, progress notes, screenings, photo-documentation and secure messaging. Medication administration will comply with national and local directives and policies. Administration methods may include intramuscular, oral, topical, eye drops, ear drops, intranasal, rectal suppositories, local anesthetics, nebulized medications, subcutaneous, and intradermal. Follows national and local pharmacy and facility guidelines for disposal of medications. Conducts or assists with the training of personnel if appropriately trained, certified and/or qualified, for example: facility formal preceptors and Telehealth Presenter (TCT) instructors. Conduct or assist with stand-downs, community health programs, health-care screenings, and immunizations. Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday - Friday Position Description Title/PD#: 99968-A Intermediate Care Technician/PD99968-A and PDF04490 Physical Requirements: The work involves extended periods of bending, standing and walking. Generally, the work requires recurring physical exertion with assisting patients. Work Environment: On a regular and recurring basis, employee is exposed to infection, exposure to communicable diseases and contagious diseases. Assignment requires him/her to comply with special safety and health precautions by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) according to universal precautions. Notifications: This position is in the Competitive Service. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. This position is a AFGE Bargaining Unit position. The incumbent may be required to travel to other VA campuses and CBOC's."]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.