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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Technician (PRN) (Direct Hire Authority) in Dodge City, Kansas

Summary The area of consideration will be given to 1) current, permanent Robert J. Dole VAMC employees, 2) current, permanent employees of other VHA facilities, 3) will be given to the public (U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals). IT IS HIGHLY SUGGESTED THAT YOU CLEARLY DOCUMENT THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES LISTED IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. Please ensure your resume is formatted MM/YYYY to MM/YYYY for all positions held to give you appropriate credit for your experience. Responsibilities Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center is seeking to fill an intermittent Health Technician position at the Dodge City, KS Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Duties of this position includes but not limited to: Draws blood from clinic outpatients, assuring special drawing techniques and proper tubes are used and the correct amount of blond is drawn. Incumbent must be proficient in the area of phlebotomy, proper procedures for redrawing blood. The incumbent will use the laboratory handbook as a reference. He/She verifies the patient as the individual denoted on the request slip and labels all tubes with patient's name, social security number, date and time to insure proper identification. Performs clinical administrative/clerical duties supporting the health care team in the treatment of patients. Is expected to be able to perform effectively in a clinic environment. Resolves problems and complaints involving procedural issues on own initiative. Makes sound decisions independently, recognizes emergent situations and takes necessary action. Ensures all orders are completed accurately and in a timely manner while giving special consideration to all written orders of an emergent/urgent nature. Utilizes the computer. The incumbent also has access to enter data into the computer. Participates in clinic conferences by presenting information obtained through observations of patients' physical and emotional status. Observes, reports and records in correct format changes in patients' condition, i.e., vital signs, check dressing, patient's color and skin condition; determining of airway patency and/or need for suctioning and drainage from any tubes. Will perform EKGs. Other duties as assigned. 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. Work Schedule: Intermittent Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Health Technician (PRN) (Direct Hire Authority)/PD02468A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. 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 Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP) Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/31/2022. 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 the GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. 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 and/or education as described below: Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR): An IOR is a basic requirement that must be met in order to qualify for entry into this job series, and it is something that can't be waived. GS-06 (IOR):Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above): Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled. GS-06 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 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. Specialized experience includes but is not limited to: Cardiac monitoring using appropriate telemetry equipment such as EKG, cardiac monitors, and other diagnostic equipment; monitoring patient's vital signs; recognizing, responding, and reporting signs and changes in cardiac rhythms; and ability to use computers and other basic office equipment to enter data. Clinic experience, knowledge of medical charting and documentation, knowledge of laboratory rules and regulations for compliance, and previous health care employment. OR; Education: Graduate education or internship may meet the experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. Transcripts REQUIRED if basing any qualifications on education. 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. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Biomedical Equipment Technology Diagnostic Medical Testing Self-Management Technology Awareness Physical Requirements: The work requires at various intervals, long periods of sitting to monitor patients and/or EKG monitors. Technician must be able to visualize monitors, various equipment, and computer screens. In addition, this position requires arduous physical exertion and the use of both hands and legs including lifting 45 pounds, transferring patient, turning and positioning adults of various body weights and pushing/pulling a variety of carts, litters, and/or special beds/chairs. Accurately utilizes sense of hearing, vision, smell and/or touch in patient observation and care. 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. 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/. Education A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or 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. 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. 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 for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. 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/. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.