This position is to provide Health Care aid at the Health Care System VISN and facility levels and is responsible for delivering a broad array of health care services throughout the Medical Center, and it's various locations that provide in patient care, such as but not limited to the living centers. The Health Aid is responsible for performing selected patient/resident related transports to different areas such as, x-rays, CT Scan, MRI, Prosthetics, Sonography and other related areas. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-02 grade level: Three (3) months of generalized experience (equivalent to the GS-01 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. Relate general experience includes: direct patient care activities; ability to observe, perceive, use judgment, show initiative, and pay attention to detail; ability to take and record vital signs and other information; ability to politely and courteously provide customer service and relay information; and basic knowledge of infection control. GS -03 grade level: Six (6) months of generalized experience (equivalent to the GS-02 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. Relate general experience includes direct patient care activities; ability to observe, perceive, use judgment, show initiative, and pay attention to detail; ability to take and record vital signs and other information; ability to politely and courteously provide customer service and relay information; and basic knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, effect of illness on individuals. OR Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-02/03 level. OR Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-02/03 level. 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-XX. 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. GS-02 Education: High School or equivalent GS-03 Education: One (1) year above high school. (Transcript Required) 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 includ but are not limited to the following: provide holistic in-patient care to Veterans in a manner conducive to the comfort and safety of those in the facility hospital units, living centers and/or household; ability to provide care for a group of patients/residents of varying ages; ability to determine the differences of both physical and psychological effects of aging and/or physical/mental impairment; provide a range of personal care as needed to include bathing, toileting, hair and nail care, and dressing in personal clothing while maintaining privacy and dignity of inpatient/resident; assist as needed with eating, drinking, positioning/ turning, ambulating, transferring, and escorting inpatients/residents; assists as needed with laundering and distributing resident's personal clothing; use specialized equipment such as ceiling lifters, Maxi lifters, wheelchair movers, steady and electric stretchers according to Safe Patient Handling and Movement Policy; perform a range of clinical support duties, which include taking, recording vital signs and reporting deviations to the RN; perform a complete range of treatment procedures that include: applying simple and complex sterile dressing, assists with inpatient/resident examinations and performs simple treatments such as hot and cold soaks, hot and cold packs, topical medications, foot soaks, sitz baths, etc.; checks sterile supplies and topical medications for outdated items and/or broken seals; monitor flow of oxygen, replaces empty tanks, and fills personal use portable oxygen; perform routine tasks that assist in the implementation of leisure and diversional activities and promotes meaningful use of time that enhances independence, positive self-esteem and relaxing leisure experiences; establish and promote effective interpersonal relationships and communications with inpatients/residents, families and others; obtain equipment and supplies and assists the RN and/or medical provider(s) when he/she performs minor medical/surgical procedures when appropriate and within skills and knowledge; report and remove safety hazards; use correct moving and transferring techniques according to Safe Patient Handling and appropriate body mechanics; evacuate inpatient/residents during fire and disaster; make visual check of all inpatient/residents, provides one-to-one observation as directed for assaultive and seriously ill inpatients/residents, and follows facility policy related to suicidal inpatients/residents; prepare, cook, and serve food using VHA Handbook 1109.04, Food Service Management Program and local infection control procedures as needed; and Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday - Friday, 5:00AM - 3:30PM Rotating Weekends, Holiday and Weekdays 99917SPosition Description Title/PD#: Health Aid/99617S & 99917S Physical Requirements: The work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; or recurring lifting of moderately heavy items, such as typewriters and record boxes. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities, such as above average agility and dexterity. WORK ENVIRONMENT The \"Work Environment\" factor considers the risks and discomforts in the employee's physical surroundings, or the nature of the work assigned, and the safety regulations required. Although the use of safety precautions can practically eliminate a certain danger or discomfort, such situations typically place additional demands upon the employee in carrying out safety regulations and techniques. The environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, residences, or commercial vehicles, e.g., use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the GS-3 level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level."]
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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.