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Job Title:Health Technician (Emergency Department)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AH-13-SCJ-910689

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$33,101.00 to $47,964.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, June 14, 2013 to Wednesday, July 03, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0640-05/06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Detail

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

06

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Dallas, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications are being accepted from current VA employees serving on a permanent appointment

JOB SUMMARY:

     

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): TAG:VacancyID (Please include on all documents)

 

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.

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

VA North Texas Health Care System is the second busiest VA system in the nation and we are growing! Comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic, VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 4,600 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. VANTHCS also coordinates a Community Based Outpatient Clinic program throughout its 40-county primary service area to improve access to care for veterans throughout 38 North Texas and 2 in southern Oklahoma. Through these four distinctive facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS provides a continuum of health care services to a veteran population of approximately 110,000.

Housed on an 84-acre campus, Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for VANTHCS and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern), it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. Primary care and multi-specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the 2nd largest health care system based on number of patients seen.

Dallas provides a wide variety of cultural and educational opportunities, has a variety of affordable housing opportunities, and is easily accessible nationally and internationally.

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.  

 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Time and Grade Restrictions apply

DUTIES:

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The incumbent serves as a member of the Triage/Emergency Department team in Nursing Service, performing a variety of examination, diagnostic procedures and clerical duties to include: receives requests or instructions for procedures. Interpret requests or instructions for medical or health care personnel. Receive assignments for a variety of difficult examinations. Obtains and documents patients' vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, respiration, weight, oxygen saturation and orthostatic vital signs). Set-up and use electric thermometers, vital signs measurement equipment, and pulse oximetry. Recognizes and reports abnormal values to RN or ED Staff. Initiates cardiac monitoring correctly, and print vital sign history. Prepares patients for and obtains 12 lead ECGs; provides privacy and emotional support during test. Perform venipuncture to obtain serum blood samples and blood cultures as ordered according to policy and procedure. Performs finger stick blood glucose testing and documents and reports results according to policy and procedure. Takes appropriate actions for critical values.  Moves, lifts and transfer patients as necessary using proper lift equipment and correct transfer techniques. Uses sound judgment to work with RN staff to prioritize patients with acute medical needs and institute timely intervention. Maintain charts/records, file lab requisitions and place lab results on correct charts and copy records as needed.

WORK SCHEDULES:  Rotating tours of duty. 12 hour shifts available. Weekend work required.  

 

Position Description Title/PD: Health Technician/549-7909-A/549-7908-A

 

RELOCATION EXPENSES:  Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. 

 

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance 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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

 

Time-in-grade:  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. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the federal service.  GS-6:  All applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-5 level. GS-5: All applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-4 level.

 

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and ability (KSA's) needed to perform successfully the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.   Example of specialized experience:  working in the Triage/Emergency department. Obtains and documents patients' vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, respiration, weight oxygen saturation and orthostatic vital signs). Set-up and use electronic thermometers, vital sign measurement equipment, and pulse oximetry. Recognizes and reports abnormal values to RN or ED physician staff. Initiate cardiac monitoring correctly, and print vital sign history.

GS-05:  You must possess a minimum of one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in federal service. 

 

Specialized experience GS-05:  working in the Triage/Emergency department. Obtains and documents patients' vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, respiration, weight oxygen saturation and orthostatic vital signs). Set-up and use electronic thermometers, vital sign measurement equipment, and pulse oximetry. Recognizes and reports abnormal values to RN or ED physician staff. Initiate cardiac monitoring correctly, and is able to print vital sign history.

OR

Education: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, with major study or a least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the occupation.  This education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university.  (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED - If you do not supply a copy of your transcript, your application may not be processed.)

OR

Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-05 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-05. 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.  (Transcript Required)

GS-06:  You must possess a minimum of one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in federal service. 

 

Specialized experience GS-06:  working in the Triage/Emergency department. Obtains and documents patients' vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, respiration, weight oxygen saturation and orthostatic vital signs). Set-up and use electronic thermometers, vital sign measurement equipment, and pulse oximetry. Recognizes and reports abnormal values to RN or ED physician staff. Initiate cardiac monitoring correctly, and is able to print vital sign history.

OR

Education: Education must directly be related to the work of the position filled. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university.  (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED - If you do not supply a copy of your transcript, your application package may not be processed.)  

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

1.   Knowledge of utilizing patient identifiers to include steps to take if Veteran is unable to verify identifiers.

2.   Knowledge of anatomy, first aid and basic patient care.

3.   Knowledge of medical, drug and equipment/supply technology.

4.   Knowledge of disease and illness sufficient to teach patients.

5.   Knowledge of equipment and other materials used in the emergency department.


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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


APPLICANTS 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. ***

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is primarily active and requires extensive and prolonged standing, walking, bending, lifting, and carrying of light items, pushing stretcher, wheelchair, mobile equipment.  The work requires above average agility and dexterity.  The work requires heavy lifting of equipment or patients.  As a Preventive Management of Disturbed Behavior, (PMDB) instructor they are the first line of defense for patients who disturb the culture of safety. 

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


BENEFITS:

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:   

http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.


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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Receiving Service Credit for 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.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:TAG:Closing Date to receive consideration.

 

1.    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire

 

2.    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

 

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

 

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

 

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.    To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is TAG:TAG:VacancyID

2.    Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:TAG:Closing Date to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire TAG:TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire.

2.    Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf. 

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Please refer to checklist for other documents required:  checklist



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

 

1.     CV or Resume (required).

2.     Occupational Questionnaire (required)

3.     Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

4.     Copy of College Transcripts (if qualifying on education)

5.     If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  

6.     If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Employment Office
Phone: (214)857-1701
Email: NTXHRMSEMPLOYMENTOFFICE@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
Human Resources Mgmt
VAMC Dallas
4500 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX
75216

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.


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Job Announcement Number:

AH-13-SCJ-910689

Control Number:

345715900