This position is located in Nursing Service and is organizationally aligned under the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL. (537) - a Level 1b Complexity VHA Facility. The position functions as a non-licensed member of the nursing care team providing continuous observation of telemetry monitoring electrocardiographic (EKG) rhythms of patients. To qualify for this position, facility applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. All non-facility applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/11/2023. 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 by 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 GS-6: Must possess at least (1) one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5) that required the application of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position. Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to: providing direct patient care; providing assistance while observing for signs of potential complications to patients; Examples of specialized experience include (but are not limited to): Skill of Monitoring EKGs of patients on telemetry at Central Station site; identifies arrhythmias and changes in EIG rhythms ; trouble-shoots machines, checks electrode attachments, contacts medical personnel, and calls codes; verifies alarm setting and performs alarm parameter adjustments with RN; documents EKG changes in patient's heart rhythm/rate in medical record; provides telemetry monitor, identify proper lead placement, and attaches electrodes. and providing general clerical/administrative support coordination work in a medical unit. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Customer Service (Clerical/Technical) Information Assurance Patient Care Technical Competence 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 periods of prolonged extensive or considerable standing/walking or sitting. Lifts. positions, pushes. and/or transfers patients. Lifts supplies/equipment. Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling. and crouching. These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skill required of personnel so classified. Work Environment: The work environment involves regular and recurring exposure to infections and contagious diseases, as well as working with infectious substances, irritant reagents, and potentially. emotionally disturbed patients. The incumbent is required to follow infection control policies relating to the use of standard precautions and posted isolation practices. The policies may require the wearing of require special Personal Protective Equipment (eye and face protection, mask, lab coat, gown, hat, shoe covers, and sterile and non-sterile gloves) with occasional exposure to peroxyacetic acid, exposure to x-rays, exposure to blood and body fluids which are often infectious. 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/. ["Specific duties include but are not limited to: This position provides clinical, administrative, technical, and direct patient care support. In this capacity, the incumbent must be skillful and flexible in establishing goals and setting priorities due to the fluctuating needs of the clinical staff. Specific responsibilities include: Safely and correctly performs venous puncture to obtain a blood specimen from the patient after clearly explaining the procedure to the patient in a manner appropriate to the patient; Safely and correctly places intravenous catheter into a peripheral vein after clearly explaining the procedure to the patient in a manner appropriate to that specific patient; Attaches a patient to an EKG machine and performs a twelve lead EKG reading. Retrieves old EKG's using the MAC VU System; At the direction of the RN, correctly applies a nasal cannula to deliver oxygen, a venturi mask, and an oxygen mask; Takes vital signs and notifies the physician or nurse if any are abnormal; Performs pulse oximetry; Safely escorts patients to critical care areas; Competently assesses oxygen tanks at the beginning of each shift for oxygen availability; Delivers vital specimens to appropriate laboratories in the absence of other personnel so designated for this function; Identifies a patient in acute distress and rapidly notifies the appropriate licensed practitioner; Assists in the application of various types of restraint devices; Cleans and returns equipment to appropriate location and reports needs for equipment repair to the appropriate person; Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 8pm, 7:30pm -8am, 11:30am -1200am Rotating weekends/ holidays. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Health Technician/PD50013A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized"]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - 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 whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.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. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.