This position is located in the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Center at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, in Aurora, Colorado. The primary purpose of this position is to support clinical day-to-day operations related to technical health care procedures under the supervision of the SCI Rehabilitation Therapists, Registered Nurses, and/or Clinicians as required. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-06 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities 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: performing patient screening; observing and communicating with patients and visitors; performing specimen collection; assisting with patient exams; performing vital signs and wound care. 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. ["The Health Technician (SCI/D) performs the following major duties: Treats, instructs or works with patients in carrying out therapeutic activities prescribed for their physical or mental rehabilitation. Assists in performing therapy functions performed by professional therapists, e.g., planning therapy treatment for patients who are not critically or acutely ill. Assists patients that are referred for treatment on the basis of a medical prescription. The prescription usually includes the treatment objective, diagnosis, length of treatment and necessary precautions to be observed during the therapy sessions. In some situations, the patient is referred to the therapist without a specific prescription for treatment. Works with patients on an individual basis, in small groups, or in large groups, depending on the patient's physical and mental status and individual needs for treatment. Provides nursing care to patients. Assist doctors and nurses in the care and treatment of patients receiving medical, surgical, psychiatric, or outpatient treatment. Provides personal care to patients, on a regular, continuing basis; serves as amember of the treatment team in motivating patients and redirecting their behavior toward treatment plan goals. Observes, assists and completes bowel and bladder care programs for admitted patients. Set up equipment for monitoring, interpreting and recording cardiac telemetry. Performs 12-Lead ECG as ordered by clinician providing results to clinician and ensures results are downloaded to electronic health record. Performs venous blood draws and blood cultures appropriately, while adhering to infection control practices. Performs specimen collection, preparation and transfer to the lab for processing of blood, tissue, urine, stool and sputum as a routine part of his/her practice. Participates in the admission of patients by collecting patient information, orienting patients to the unit, and assisting Nurses in formulating nursing actions. Takes vital signs and supports Physicians in diagnostic tests such as biopsies and lumbar punctures. Work Schedule: Multiple Tours (as determined by supervisor/service needs)\nPosition Description Title/PD#: Health Tech(Spin Crd Inj)/ PD11843A\nPhysical Requirements: Work requires regular and recurring periods of standing and walking throughout the ward. The employee defends self and others from the physical attack of patients. The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion. It may involve walking, frequent bending, reaching and stretching to set up and take apart equipment; lifting and positioning patients; and carrying, pushing, or pulling moderately heavy objects. Duties may require above average dexterity.\nWork Environment: The work is normally performed inside ward areas which are adequately heated and ventilated. Work areas are noisy, the employee is subjected to physical attack from patients on a regular and recurring basis. Technicians perform the work in a setting involving regular and recurring exposure to infectious and contagious diseases, odors and other risks which require special health and safety precautions such as wearing protective clothing such as gloves, masks, or, lead aprons."]
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