The full performance Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) is assigned to the Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA). This position serves as an advanced technician for the Nursing, Acute Care service for patients who are present for treatment. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) - Specialized Experience: 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-07 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-06 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: Assisting licensed personnel with the delivery of care to patients with complex and specialized care needs. Performing Blood Specimen collection: venipuncture, PIV, Central lines, arterial lines and cultures. Performing Medication Administration: intramuscular, oral, topical, eye drops, etc. Operating specialized medical equipment to obtain diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes (EKG machines, Blood warmers, Rapid Infusers, Bladder scanner, dopplers, ultrasound machine). Performing observation-based screening and collection of patient information in collaboration with licensed personnel. Providing patient education within scope of care or while providing an intervention. (Examples: post-procedural care and wound care). Thoroughly and appropriately documenting actions, interventions, and procedures. OR, Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-07 level. Applicants must have successfully completed 1 full year of graduate education that is directly related to the work of the position such as phlebotomy, nursing, or other related subjects. OR, Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-07 level. Applicants must have equivalent combinations of creditable specialized experience and education as described above to meet the total experience requirements for the position. 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-07. 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 A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your 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. ["This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until May 1, 2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be March 22, with subsequent cut-off dates every two weeks. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. Major duties include but are not limited to: Assisting licensed personnel with the delivery of care to patients with complex and specialized care needs. Performing Central Venous Catheter blood sample and dressing changes. Performing treatments and interventions (i.e. Foley and coude' catheter insertions, Nasogastric tube placement). Performing wound care (i.e. bandaging, application of dressings, wound measurements and Photo-documentation of wounds). Performing Blood Specimen collection: venipuncture, PIV, Central lines, arterial lines and cultures. Performing removal of Arterial lines and sutures. Performing Medication Administration: intramuscular, oral, topical, eye drops, ear drops, intranasal, rectal suppositories, local anesthetics, nebulized medications, subcutaneous, and intradermal. Assisting licensed staff with preparing patients for medical evaluation, setting up equipment, passing instruments and providing treatment. Operating specialized medical equipment to obtain diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes (EKG machines, Blood warmers, Rapid Infusers, Bladder scanner, dopplers, ultrasound machine). Collecting specimens and prepares them for transfer to process. Performing 12-lead electrocardiograms. Providing patient education within scope of care or while providing an intervention. (Examples: post-procedural care and wound care). Conducting or assisting with the training of personnel in if appropriately trained, certified and/or qualified. Performing observation-based screening and collection of patient information in collaboration with licensed personnel. Performing Chest Tube Closed Drainage System Management. Performing Vital Signs and Point of Care Testing (Blood Glucose and iSTAT). Thoroughly and appropriately documenting actions, interventions, and procedures in the medical record. (Examples: Procedural notes, progress notes, screenings, photo-documentation and secure messaging.) Performing Cardiac Rhythm Test. Performing Endotracheal and Trach Tube Suctioning, Dressings, Skin and Oral care. Performing External Jugular Venous Access. Performing Fecal Containment Devices Management. Performing Management of Hypothermic, Hyperthermic Devices. Implanting Venous Port Access and De-access. Performing IV Therapy: tubing change, initiation, prevention and Management of extravasations and ultrasound guided placement. Performing oxygen therapy and delivery. Performing Nasogastric Tube: insertion, irrigation, removal. Performing Postmortem Care. Managing Philips Bedside Monitor MX 800. Managing Foley Catheter: care and maintenance, insertion, removal and specimen collection. Performing Intraosseous Access Management and insertion. Managing Restraints: application and Monitoring. Performing Suctioning Oropharyngeal and Nasopharyngeal. Performing Arterial and Central Venous Pressure Transducer setup and zeroing. Performing Suprapubic Catheter care. Performing Targeted Temperature management. Performing Basic Life Support (BLS). Work Schedule: Varies Position Description Title/PD#: Intermediate Care Technician/ 99794-S Physical Requirements: The work involves extended periods of heavy moving and lifting of patients. Generally, the work requires recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, and positioning of patients. Must be able to lift and/or move heavy objects over 45 pounds. Must be able to carry objects over 40 pounds for distances of at least 200 feet."]
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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.