This position is assigned to the Nursing Service (ICU) at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center located in Chicago, Illinois; a level 1b VHA Facility. The primary purpose of the position is to provide a varied range of supportive and direct care duties at the ward level in support of patient activities. To qualify for this position, facility applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. All non-facility applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/30/2023. 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 as described below: Specialized Experience: Must possess at least (1) one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5) that required the application of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position. Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to: Knowledge of current/common word-processing software systems, (including e-mail), the Medical Center computerized patient records system and basic data base management to function within the scope of service and support the office as required. The skills of a qualified typist are required. Knowledge of equipment, diagnostic and treatment procedures commonly used in the Nursing Service. Skills to apply such knowledge to perform a variety of procedures that includes collecting, labelling, and recording for proper analysis. Knowledge of normal and abnormal situations to recognize and report abnormalities. Knowledge of sterilization methods to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Skill and Knowledge to provide competent educational instructions to patient on personal hygiene, proper self-aftercare; provides emotional support and understanding. Knowledge of the performance of 12 lead ECGs along with skills in operating, maintaining, and performing quality checks of fingerstick glucose instruments, and ECG machines. Knowledge of infection control, aseptic and sterile technique to prevent cross contamination and spread of infection. Knowledge of a body of standardized procedures sufficient to perform routine support activities and direct care activities at the ward level. This will require a given amount of training and experience. Knowledge and skills sufficient to observe patients physical and emotional state of being, to be award of when it is necessary to call for assistance. Knowledge and skills to maintain and store medical supply items and/or equipment. Knowledge and skill sufficient to serve as a basic contact with psychiatric patients with sufficient interpersonal skill to reassure patients. Knowledge and skill sufficient to observe and report on simple reactions and changes to the Registered Nurse. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Accountability Integrity/Honesty Learning Standards Teamwork 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. Physical Requirements: The work involves long periods of standing as well as considerable amounts of walking, bending, stooping, stretching, lifting (not to exceed 20 lbs.). Moving of patients using Safe Patient Handling Equipment. Work Environment: The work environment involves everyday risks or discomfort and requires normal safety precautions typical of a Medical Facility setting. 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/. ["The incumbent performs a wide range of direct and indirect patient care activities and related supportive services to assist in providing total patient care. The incumbent is under the general guidance and direction of a Registered Nurse. This position level encompasses the responsibility for having the knowledge and ability to perform tasks that are supportive of patient activities including, lifting, transporting, escorting and assisting in making the patient care environment organized and efficient. Also included is the ability to perform diagnostic support duties, such as vital signs, I/O, and finger stick glucose testing. This role requires the individual to demonstrate excellent observation, perception, and judgement skills. He/She must show initiative and pay meticulous attention to detail. Incumbents will perform a wide range of support to patient care through transporting of patients to diagnostic examinations. At times this will require that the employee remain with the patient. Incumbent will possess the interpersonal skills to be able to communicate effectively and courteously with patients and staff. Also necessary is basic knowledge of all safety principles required to transport patients and to maintain a safe patient care environment. Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday - Friday, 3:30pm-12:00am, 11:30pm-8:00am, weekends and Holidays. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Health Technician/PD23007A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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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.