Applicants will be referred as qualified. This job announcement will close once all vacancies have been filled. If you are a current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-11047450-21-ER. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Maybe be available for highly qualified candidate. Position is located in the Orthotic-Prosthetic Laboratory Section of the Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service. The duties of the Orthotist/Prosthetist in the Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service include but are not limited to: Performs an assessment of the patient to obtain an understanding of the patients orthotic/prosthetic needs. Communicates with patient and/or caregiver about the recommended treatment plan, to involve them in orthotic or prosthetic care. Refer patient, if appropriate, to higher level Orthotist and/or Prosthetist for intervention beyond orthotic/prosthetic scope of practice or privileging. Consults with higher-level Orthotist and/or Prosthetist to clarify or with physician/referral source to modify, if necessary, the original prescription and/or treatment plan. Identify material, design and components to support anticipated outcome. Within scope of privileging, performs the necessary procedures to deliver the appropriate orthotic/prosthetic services, which may include fabrication of the orthosis/prosthesis. Provide patient with preparatory care for orthotic/prosthetic treatment. Prepare delineation/impression/template for modification/fabrication. Fabricate/assemble prescribed device by assembling selected materials/components to prepare for fitting and/or delivery. Assess device for structural safety and ensure that manufacturers' guidelines have been followed prior to patient fitting/delivery. Assess/align orthosis/prosthesis for accuracy in sagittal, transverse and coronal planes to provide maximum function/comfort. Provide gait training /functional-use training. Complete fabrication process after achieving optimal fit of orthosis/prosthesis. Educate/counsel patient and/or caregiver about the use and maintenance of the orthosis/prosthesis. Within scope of privileging, provide continuing patient care and periodic evaluation to assure/maintain/document optimal fit and function of the orthosis/prosthesis. Assess patient's functional level, skin condition, general health and note any changes, assess patient's psychosocial status and note any changes. Assess fit of orthosis/prosthesis with regard to strategic contact and to anatomical relationships to orthosis/prosthesis (e.g., trim lines, static/dynamic alignment) to determine need for changes relative to initial treatment goals. Complies with policies, procedures and regulations regarding human resource management, physical environment management, business/financial management and organizational management. Demonstrates proper documentation of patient history and financial records by using established record-keeping techniques to verify patient care and other pertinent information. Participate in personal and professional development through continuing education, training, research and organizational affiliations. Maintain professional credentials and/or competency. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. May be required to work at Little Rock Campus on occasion based on patient needs. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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