This position is aligned under the Portland VA Medical Center, Primary Care Division, Clinics and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). This position may be located at any of the following: Bend CBOC, East Portland CBOC, Hillsboro CBOC, Newport Outreach Clinic, North Coast CBOC, Portland Clinic, Salem CBOC, The Dalles Outreach Clinic, West Linn CBOC, Women's clinic, Portland Resident Clinic or Vancouver Clinic (WA). To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement, 03/21/2023. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Candidates may be advanced without time restriction to positions up to GS-5 if the position to be filled is no more than two grades above the lowest grade the employee held within the preceding 52 weeks under his or her latest non-temporary competitive appointment. For a GS-5 position you must have held a GS-3 within the last 52 weeks. 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. ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. You may qualify based on your specialized experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-4 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience includes but not limited: knowledge of the variations in anatomy; knowledge of hospital materials and skill in their use; skill and precision in the use of tools, materials and equipment; knowledge of specialized terminology associated with the work in the facility; and knowledge of the terminology used in the specialized area of the facility where the work is performed.; OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed 4 years above high school in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. This education was obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond post high school education as described above that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. For the GS-05, only education in excess of 60 semester hours (2 years) is creditable. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) 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. ["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. Performs patient care procedures such as collection of specimens, applying dressings, adjusting simple supportive equipment. Performs simple procedures such as collection of blood samples or other fluid samples from ambulatory patients and application of sterile dressings to uncomplicated wounds. Uses proper sterile techniques for collection of samples. 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. Enters specific information into the patients' record. Enters patient information using commonly used medical terminology such as terms of tests, diet changes, or test results. Performs patient charting using standard medical terminology for the human body, physical and emotional reactions, nursing care, and contraindications to medications, etc. Provides general clerical/administrative support coordination work for the Clinic. Performs a variety of receptionist, record keeping, and miscellaneous duties in a general medical facility. Receives visitors, answers the telephone, and refers calls to appropriate staff or records messages. Schedules appointments and procedures. Plans, organizes and coordinates activities of the office. Communicates in a tactful and courteous manner with a wide variety of individuals with varying levels of understanding. Receives and directs patients, answers routing inquiries and makes referrals. Obtains all available medical documentation prior to patient's arrival for appointments, treatments, or test procedures. Reviews patient record at time of check-in for complete and accurate medical information (validates address and phone number). Completes the health promotion notes including clinical reminders as appropriate and documents accordingly. Uses techniques within scope of practice to appropriately de-escalate disruptive patients. Instructs patient on standard procedures required prior to visits and obtains medical release forms. Interviews new patients to the clinic to obtain identifying information. Work Schedule: Varies, Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 5:30pm Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician/ PD20668A Physical Requirements: The work requires standing, walking, bending, lifting and carrying. The work may require heavy lifting of equipment or patients."]
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