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The duties of the Health Technician range from front to back office duties, primarily direct patient care activities but can include a range of clerical, technical, administrative and general clinic support functions. Assists medical and nursing providers when performing medical & diagnostic examinations by assisting with duties such as monitoring vital signs, collecting biometrics, preparing and positioning the patient, completing the history and reminders, or by performing a variety of routine diagnostic tests. Takes and records measurements and vital signs. Reports deviations in vital signs and/or weight to the LPN/RN/MD. Measures and records height. Completes Health Promotion activities and asks reason for visit. Obtains and labels specimens to include clean catch urine specimens or sterile specimens. Draws and labels, and packages specimens for the laboratory. Transports specimens to the laboratory and calls the laboratory for reports. Reports/records results for the provider as appropriate. Performs routine diagnostic tests such as venipuncture, bladder scan, ultrasound, glucometer, pregnancy testing, urinary tract infection testing and electrocardiograms, as directed by the physician or professional nurse, for the purpose of diagnostic testing. He/she then calibrates and transmits data via electronic records. Assists the physician in a variety of diagnostic examinations and must be able to receive instructions for difficult exams such as lumbar puncture, biopsies, colposcopies, LEEPs, intrauterine device placements, and pap smears. Positions patient according to specific instructions from surgeon or primary care physician, drapes patient, preps and adjusts specialized equipment with multiple features, and passes instruments. Takes tissue cultures or specimen samples from difficult specialized procedures. Answers patient's questions during procedures. Chaperone and comfort patients receiving gender specific examinations, including those that received Military Sexual Trauma. He/she possesses knowledge of surgical instruments in this clinical setting such as dilators, tenaculums, kevorkians, loops and balls, forceps and assists doctors with size selections. He/she possesses knowledge of proper handling and pre-cleaning of reusable medical equipment. Procedures are delicate and instrumentation is elaborate requiring settings and measurements that are very fine. Makes precise adjustments to clarify readings and measurements and reports observations of the clinic patient regarding mobility, nutrition, pain/ comfort level, chief complaint, etc. Assists providers and nurses in the care and treatment of the ill receiving medical, surgical, psychiatric, or outpatient treatment. Observes and reports to the health professional changes in patient behavior, attitude, bodily complaints, and appearance. Performs simple treatment procedures such as changing sterile dressings; applying or removing binders, arm slings, dressing, and bandages; or applying hot and cold packs under the direction and supervision of the RN or Provider. Performs standardized treatment procedures requiring considerable training and experience such as, setting up and regulating the flow of oxygen, PPD testing, and administering a range of vaccines to include Hepatitis, pneumovax, influenza, and tetanus. Checks expiration dates of medications and supplies. Performs medication and refrigeration temperature checks. Observes patients for change in condition (deviation in color, pulse, respiration, temperature, and blood pressure) and reports them to the healthcare professional. Reports condition of wounds and skin, and reaction to or results of treatments. Conducts capillary/blood glucose testing, records and reports values outside the established norm to the RN or Provider. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, Varying tours 7:00a-5:30p Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician/ 20668A Physical Requirements: The work requires standing, walking, bending, lifting and carrying. The work may require heavy lifting of equipment or patients.
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.