Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 944520

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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 to GS-09.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Important:  Current permanent VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System employees will be given first consideration. 

NOTE: External candidates eligible for veterans preference will receive consideration prior to considering external non-preference applicants.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Duties

DUTIES:

This position is located in the Prosthetics Service.

As A Orthotist specifically trained to provide or manage the provision of a custom designed, fabricated, modified, and fitted orthosis based upon independent or consultative clinical assessment of the patient's unique needs and desires, as well as their expectations and pursuant to a physician's prescription.

The Non-Certified Orthotist duties will be as follows:

  • Follows established regulations and procedures to insure patient privacy.
  • Performs patient’s clinical assessments such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc. for patients with few co- morbidities.
  • Communicates with Certified Orthotist to review incumbent’s clinical patient assessments and care plan.
  • Fits, fabricates, adjusts, and repairs custom orthosis through various methods and materials and measures and fits patients for pre-fabricated devices.
  • Measures, casts and scans patient to develop positive molds for custom work and custom molded footwear.
  • Prepares the positive mold and performs scans, tracing, and impressions of body segments for lamination and/or metal, thermo plastics, thermosetting acrylic or epoxy resins, carbon, fiberglass and nylon.
  • Performs biomechanical/bench alignment, formation of metal components and bench fabrication for orthosis.
  • Is responsible for following all manufacture’s specifications related to patient safety, lab safety and component safety.
  • Evaluates the final product as to the specifications, trim lines, contours, quality, pleasing cosmetic aesthetics and safety of the item. 
  • Carries out responsibilities of submitting, packing and shipping necessary items as related to work.
  • Performs appropriate documentation of workload, procedure coding, progress notes in electronic medical record, appointments and encounters.
  • Maintains current knowledge of new products, procedures, materials and techniques as related to their scope of practice.
  • Completes mandatory training per hospital requirements.
  • Other duties as necessitated by department, workload and achievement.

 

The Certified Orthotist duties will be as follows:

  • He/she transforms materials such as leather, metal, plastics, and fabric using hand and power tools to fabricate orthotic and prosthetic appliances.
  • Fabricates negative molds using a variety of casting materials such as plaster of Paris, alginate, orthoplast, etc., in order to make positive molds which have exact anatomical landmarks, identifying pressure. points, bony prominence and other contours of the body parts. He/she maintains the knowledge and technical ability to modify positive molds by removal or addition of materials to accommodate pressure sensitive areas.
  • She/he will instruct the patient in wearing and maintaining an orthotic/prosthetic device to maximize the benefit, functionality and the durability of the device .
  • Review medical files of veterans.
  • Interview veterans and inspect prosthetic equipment /appliances.
  • Assist in inspection and any recommendations of contractor prosthetic shop inspections.
  • Assist in implementing of JC standards of care.
  • Assist in coordinating amputee clinics.
  • Participate in team discussions.
  • Assist in preparing correspondence to Veterans, health care officials; responds to a variety of correspondence.
  • Serve as technical advisor and subject matter expert.
  • Assist to ensure clinic recommendations and decisions are implemented.
  • Assists in training other PSAS staff in about orthotics.
  • He/she repairs, adjusts and modifies orthotic devices according to current regulations and guidelines.
  • He/she modifies shoes for specific disabilities using hand and power tools to promote ambulation with the least amount of discomfort and the greatest possible function.
  • Performs preventive and corrective maintenance on an shop equipment and tools to keep them in proper operating condition and to achieve the maximum life of the equipment and tools.
  • Required to understand and use proper medical, prosthetic and orthotic terminology when reading prescriptions and consulting with physicians.
  • Other duties as necessitated by department, workload and achievement.

 

Work Schedule:  Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm