The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) Program is designed to hire former military corpsmen, combat medics and medical technicians into positions as an integral part of the medical team. The ICT Generalist is assigned to the Department of Veteran Affairs VA Portland Medical Center, Hillsboro community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and serves as an advance technician for outpatient care setting in primary care. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement, 01/30/2023. 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 within 30 days of 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: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include but are not limited to: Specialized experience include but is not limited to: Performs observation-based screening and collection of patient information in collaboration with licensed personnel; prepares patients for medical evaluation, setting up equipment, passing instruments and providing treatment during in-person or virtual visits; performs 12-lead electrocardiograms; Assists with patient exams, structured interviews and screenings; Medication Administration such as intramuscular, oral, topical, eye drops, ear drops, intranasal, rectal suppositories, local anesthetics, nebulized medications, subcutaneous, and intradermal. Preferred Qualification: Veterans, transitioning service, National Guard, and Reserve military Corpsmen, Combat Medics, and Medical Technicians interested in temporary or permanent Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) positions. Examples of military occupational specialties highly desired, include but are not limited to: 4NOX- Basic Medical Technician, 4NOIC- Independent Duty Medical Technician, X4NO- Aeromedical Evacuation Technician, 1T2X1- Pararescueman, 68W- Combat Medic Specialist, 18D- Army Special Forces (Medic), 68WW1- Special Operations Flight Medic, HM0000- Basic Hospital Corpsman, HM8404- Field Medical Service Technician, HM8425- Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman, HM8402- Submarine Force Independent Duty Corpsman, HM8401- Search and Rescue Medical Technician, HM8403- Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Independent Duty Corpsman, HM8406- Aerospace Medical Technician, and HS- Basic Health Services Technician. English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Clinical Data Collection/Documentation Decision Making Diagnostic Medical Testing Flexibility Medical Information 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 extended periods of bending, standing, and walking. Generally, the work requires recurring physical exertion with assisting patients. Repetitive motions such asadministration of vaccination, and venipuncture. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. If applicable, the incumbent may be required to complete screening or testing through Employee Health. 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/. ["Major duties include but is not limited to: Performs observation-based screening and collecting patient information in collaboration with licensed personnel Completes clinical reminders or screenings, obtains patient health history, chief complaints, medication history, and identification of health-related conditions that may impact the patient's health status Completes approved templates, notes, in the electric health record and patient communication tools Assists in behavioral/psychiatric situations in an outpatient setting Assists licensed personnel with crisis intervention, management of aggressive or suicidal psychiatric patients, by providing one-to-one observations and applying prevention and management of disruptive behavior techniques (PMDB) Performs duties focused on communication techniques required to complete the questioners and templates approved for use in any outpatient clinical setting, including active listening, restating, and mirroring Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment for the patient while promoting a sense of worth and dignity under the supervision of the licensed personnel Assists outpatient licensed staff with the delivery of care to patients with complex, specialized, and potentially life-threatening situations Assists licensed staff with preparing patients for medical evaluation, completing screenings, setting up equipment, relaying messages to patients, passing instruments, providing treatment in person or virtual visits, and administration of medications Operates specialized medical equipment to obtain diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes Collects a wide range of specimens and preparing them for transfer to processing Observes patient status and keeps licensed clinical staff informed of any change in condition Recognizes life threatening situations and act to correct these emergent situations according to established national or local protocols Initiates cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS) and use of automatic external defibrillator (AED) once certified and where appropriate according to American Heart Association (AHA) protocols and policies Clinical responsibilities include performing vital signs, equipment and surgical instrumentation set up, Treatments and interventions, wound care, specimen collection and preparation, preparation of lab specimens and transfer to the lab for processing, assists with patient exams and screening, mental health care, assists with patient exams and screening, utilizing technology such as telehealth peripherals Provides patient education within scope of care or while providing an intervention Electronic Health Records (EHR), thoroughly and appropriately documents actions, interventions and procedures in the medical record Administers medication, may include intramuscular, oral, topical, eye drops, ear drops, intranasal, rectal suppositories, local anesthetics, nebulized medications, subcutaneous, and intradermal Conducts or assists with the training of personnel May be a member of hospital-wide committees to enhance care for Veterans Other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, varying hours between 7:00 am to 5:30 pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Intermediate Care Technician/PD21670-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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.