U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$41,365.00 to $53,773.00
Open & closing dates
$41,365 to $53,773 per year
Pay scale & grade
2 vacancies in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Individuals with a disability
OUR MISSION: 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 America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
1st area of consideration will be given to permanent Facility employees; 2nd area of consideration will be given to permanent VISN 15 & VA employees; 3rd area of consideration will be given to status eligible candidates include special appointing authorities and certain military spouses eligible under E.O. 13473.
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.
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Duties include but are not limited to: Performs ongoing patient care duties in the Emergency Department
Provide assessment and management of ambulatory patients seen in the Emergency Department.
Evaluate patients for emergency medical conditions, order appropriate diagnostic studies and perform a wide range of treatment procedures under the direction of the supervising physician.
Necessary interventions based upon patient symptoms and established protocols/standards of care should be part of the routine capabilities of this position.
Assists in behavioral/psychiatric situations to include crisis intervention, management of aggressive or suicidal psychiatric patients.
Assists Emergency Department Physicians with complex, specialized, and potentially life threatening procedures such as defibrillation, cardio versions, insertion of chest drainage tubes, or initiation of mechanical ventilation to restore normal physiological function or prevent deterioration of patient's condition.
Performs airway management using BIP AP and advanced airway techniques including the use of LMA and oral intubation using laryngoscope if properly trained, credentialed and privileged may be included as responsibilities.
Understanding the use of pulse oximetry, capnometry, capnography, or other secondary confirmation methods to ensure correct placement of emergency advanced airway devices. Operates specialized medical equipment such as defibrillators, electrocardiographs, and oxygen apparatus.
Assesses patient status and keeps physician informed of any change or need for additional treatment.
Dressing changes, wound management, suture removal, repair of simple lacerations, Foley catheters insertion, splint, binder and bandage applications, and performance of tracheotomy care.
Specimen collection, preparation and transfer to the lab for processing of blood, tissue, urine, stool and sputum is expected to be a routine part of his/her practice.
Monitors and obtains test results as soon as available and informs physicians promptly to facilitate patient care.
Documents their actions, assessments, diagnostics, and procedures in the medical record.
May be asked to respond to medical emergencies on the facility grounds, and sometimes encounters situations which may be life threatening as part of the Rapid Response Team (RRT).
Conducts or assists with the training of personnel in CPR, basic, and advanced emergency medical care techniques if appropriately trained and qualified.
Can conduct or assist with stand-downs, community health programs, blood pressure and glucose screenings, flu immunizations, etc.
Patient Transport: May transport monitored and unmonitored patients to diagnostic procedures and/or inpatient units.
Perform triage duties as assigned. In this situation the incumbents need to have expertise in the use of the Emergency Severity Index (ESI) triage tool or be trained in its use prior to conducting triage evaluations.
Work schedule: Varied; Day/evening rotation with every other weekend.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description Title/PD#: Intermediate Health Care Technician/ PD# 04015-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Available
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Job family (Series)
0640 Health Aid And Technician
Emergency Medical Technicians
Technicians, Emergency Medical
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation
Must meet Time in Grade Requirement.
Physical Requirements: The work involves extended periods of heavy moving and lifting of patients. Generally, the work requires recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, and positioning of patients.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/06/2018.
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-7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-6. 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. 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.
1) ACLS (Advance Cardiac Life Support), BLS (Basic Life Support) certification.
2) Former Military Medic experience is highly desired.. (Ex: Combat Medic, Corpsman, etc)
Specialized Experience: GS-07: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-06) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized: duties such as performing suture removal, splinting, manages defibrillators, electrocardiography; visual acuity screening, ear irrigation, educating patients about simple dressing changes and signs and symptoms of infection; understands and manages capnometry and capnography, and oxygen apparatus; assist during emergencies with defibrillation, cardio version, or initiation of mechanical ventilation to restore normal physiological function or prevent deterioration of patients condition; monitoring infection control processes of equipment and patient care areas; assisting the provider with procedures; performing cleaning and maintenance on a variety of emergency equipment; member of hospital wide lift team; ongoing involvement with performance improvement activities; educating and motivating patients to understand the illness and to persuade the patient to stay with the regimen; demonstrating to the patient how to provide self-care (e.g., changing a colostomy bag); and explaining to or advising the patient on proper follow-up care, the consequences of improper care, or general diet and nutrition for good health maintenance.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
1) Ability to obtain patient information that may impact the patient's health status and monitor diagnostic test results.
2) Ability to assess for medical and behavioral conditions, including emergency medical conditions, behavioral/psychiatric crisis situations, and safety hazards.
3) Ability to administer appropriate treatment.
4) Ability to utilize technology, including a computerized medical record system.
5) Ability to train personnel.
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.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
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 (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. 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
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are required:
2) Responses to the questionnaire
3) Copy of your DD-214 that shows your type of discharge (Member 4 copy). FAILURE TO SUBMIT DD-214 WILL RESULT IN NON-CONSIDERATION.
4) If you are claiming entitlement for 10-point veterans preference, you MUST submit an SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) with the required VA letter dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service-connected disability of 10% or more.)
5) Current or Former Federal Employees must provide last or most recent SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action, which indicates proof of competitive status/grade/step
Failure to submit all the required documents will find you ineligible for consideration under this vacancy announcement.
Please use this checklist
to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/06/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10137656
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Agency contact information
Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital
800 Hospital Way
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An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Website : http://www.va.gov/
The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.