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Health Tech(Spinal Cord Injury)

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: East Orange
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

Summary The Health Technician position is under the Spinal Cord Injury Service of VA New Jersey Health Care System located at East Orange, NJ. Position is a Health Technician who provides acute, rehabilitative and sustaining population care to the spinal cord injured adult patient under the supervision of the professional nurse. Responsibilities Main Duties and Responsibilities The duties and responsibilities of this position are in three major areas: 1) Patient Care, 2) Education and 3) Administration. 1. Patient Care Performs all bladder procedures, including but not limited to catheterization (intermittent and indwelling), applications of external urine collection devices (condoms, liberty pouches, adapting and applying ostomy appliances for ileostomies and urostomies), bladder instillations and irrigational; measure residual urines. Performs bowel care as ordered including digital stimulation, suppository insertion, administration of enemas; insertion of rectal tube and/or manual evacuation of feces. Utilizes advanced skills in observation, knowledge of anatomy and physiology and behavioral dynamics; recognizing by signs and symptoms the acutely ill patient, autonomic dysreflexia, life-threatening situation, cardio or pulmonary arrest and independently initiates emergency treatment, makes immediate referral of emergencies of the acutely ill patient to professional staff. Observes acutely ill patients for subtle changes in physical /emotional status, reports pertinent information and problems beyond his/her scope to appropriate staff members. Performs daily skin inspections and recognizes skin compromise and makes, or recommends changes in bed turns, mattress, cushions, or other pressure relief modalities, provides appropriate skin care to surgical wounds and pressure ulcers, -including packing of wounds . Reports and recommends changes in care of skin compromise cases to professional staff. 2. Education The Health Technician assures the completion of all the mandatory education in TMS. Participates in the formulation and implementation of programs intended to educate the patient, family and hired attendant that leads to optimal self-sufficiency for the patient. This includes demonstration, observation and evaluation of activities of daily living such as breathing skills, bladder and bowel management, use and care of various devices utilized by the patient, skin care, signs and symptoms awareness to recognize developing complications and to prioritize measures to be taken when outside the Medical Center. Adapts teaching program as necessary, based on the patient's neurological level and degree of completeness of the spinal cord lesion. 3. Administration Assumes responsibility for proper care, storage, ordering and maintenance of stock levels of equipment and supplies utilized by Health Technicians on the SCI unit. Documents relevant data regarding patient abilities and ensures required data, such as intake and output, vital signs, weight, and patient care progress is recorded in the patient's medical record as appropriate. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts/Weekends/Holidays Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Health Tech(Spinal Cord Injury)/PD08474A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to background/security investigation Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP) Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/03/2022. 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-5 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-4. For a GS-6 position you must have served 52 weeks at a GS-5. 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. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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. Grade Determinations: To qualify for this position at the GS-5 level, you must meet one of the following: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-4) in the Federal Service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Health Technician ( Spinal Cord Injury). Specialized experience includes: Understanding policies and procedures as related to patient care. Advanced knowledge of the spinal cord injury areas. Knowledge and understanding of the various neurological issues such as, bladder, bowel and skin status. Knowledge of Medical Terminology. Knowledge and understanding of the respiratory basic anatomy and physiology. OR EDUCATION: Successful completion of a full four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, with a major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to this position (i.e. anatomy and physiology, medical terminology) This education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. OR Experience/Education COMBINATION: Equivalent combination of successfully completed post-high school education (beyond the second year) and specialized experience, as listed above. The education portion must include courses directly related to the work of the position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. GS-6 (Full Performance Level) (1) Experience. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Examples of specialized experience for this position would typically include but are not limited to: Knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology Knowledge of Medical Terminology Knowledge of the Arjo lift, ceiling/ manual; and the sliding board with the ability to transfer all patients safely and appropriately. Excellent communication skills. Knowledge of infection control guidelines. Knowledge of operating, monitoring and preparing highly complex specialized and technologically advanced equipment for patient monitoring and treatment. Preferred Experience: (2 - 5) years of Health Technician or Nursing Assistant experience in Spinal Cord or Medicine; BLS certification required. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Customer ServiceTeamworkTechnical 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 requires strenuous physical exertion, agility, long and extensive periods of standing and walking. Patient care activities require regular and recurring bending, stooping, and stretching. Positioning patients necessitates pushing, pulling and lifting patients. This requires considerable effort and working in awkward positions while utilizing appropriate body mechanics. Manual dexterity is necessary as well as utilizing good body mechanics .The employee protects self and others from injury. Occasionally the employee prevents the patient from performing destructive acts against self, others or property. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at Education GS-5: Successful completion of a full four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, with a major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to this position (i.e. anatomy and physiology, medical terminology) This education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. GS-6: There is no educational substitution at this grade level. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, East Orange , Health Tech(Spinal Cord Injury), Healthcare , East Orange, New Jersey

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