The New Mexico VA Healthcare System (NMVAHCS) Nursing Service, is seeking a Health Technician. The primary purpose of the position is to provide medical, and administrative support assistance to the Inpatient units at the NMVAHCS. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-05 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-04 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: Provide care to patients receiving Venipuncture and intravenous (IV) therapy; Explain difficult procedures; Respond to emergency situations such as cardiopulmonary failure, hemorrhaging, and shock; Notify health care professional of tests results such as EKGs, pulmonary functions, CBG's, and vital signs; and utilizing equipment to perform the following: 12 lead ECG's, EKG, ABI , CBG, pulmonary function, breathalyzer, bladder scan, and vital signs. OR Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. OR Combination: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. For a GS-06 position 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: received written and verbal requests for a variety of difficult exams, entering consults, scheduling exams, entering clinical reminders, entering requests for labs and x-rays; has updated patient demographic information; has set controls, calibrated and operated equipment such as EKG machines, CBG monitors, ABI doppler, bladder scan, spirometer, and vital sign monitors; has performed a variety of routine and difficult diagnostic tests and procedures including CBG, venipuncture, orthostatic blood pressure, oxygen saturation, visual acuity, 12-lead EKG, ABI, PFT, foot exams, and the like. Administrative experience such as documenting patent information relating to pre-testing or post-procedure activities, appointment scheduling, entering lab requests in the system. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have six months of graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position to be filled. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent (1) year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the (1) year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. Transcripts are required to substitute education for experience. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond six months of graduate level education. 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-05. 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 June 30, 2022. Applicants will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available. Applicants will remain active for 3 months after the initial application is received and/or updated. After that time, you must update your application through your USAJobs account if you would like to be made active again for possible consideration during the open period. Typical duties include but are not limited to: Operates and maintains commonly used electrocardiographic (ECG) equipment including 12 lead ECG and accessories. Performing technical and administrative tasks such as, ABls, bladder ultrasounds, Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs), venipuncture and phlebotomy, wound care, ear irrigation, monofilament foot exam, Assisting Veterans with scheduling appointments, Retrieves data from files at the request of physicians to include films from radiology. Entering consult requests within nursing for specialty services and coordinating appointments with ancillary/specialty services. Update patient demographic information as appropriate. Upholds standards of care outlined by Medical Center and Service policies and procedures. Work Schedule: Full-time, Permanent, Rotating Shifts\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Description Title/PD#: Health Technician/PD#4037A Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary but also requires some standing, walking, bending, lifting and carrying of heavy items. The work requires above average agility and dexterity. The work may require heavy lifting of equipment or patients. Good vision and hearing are required to collect patient data. Must be able to utilize good body mechanics and have stamina to withstand stress."]
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.