This position is aligned under the Portland VA Medical Center. The incumbent will function in the role of a Health Technician within the Primary Care Division. The general duties of the Health Technician range from front to back office duties, primarily direct patient care activities but can include a range of clerical, technical, administrative and general clinic support functions. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. A Selective Placement Factor (SPF) has been identified for this position. Selective Placement Factors (SPF) are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for the position. Applicants who do not meet the SPF are ineligible for further consideration. Selected applicants must posses the ability to collect blood specimens, using correct containers and order of draw. GS-5 Specialized Experience: 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: knowledge of facility 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 in-depth 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 experience required for the GS-05 level. You have successfully completed 4 full years 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. This education was obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. Note: If you are qualifying on education, transcripts are required. OR Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-05 level. You must have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and 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. Note: If you select this option, a copy of your transcripts is required. Education cannot be credited without documentation. Your resume must indicate clearly the nature of your duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. 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. ["Major duties include but are not limited to: 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. Assists the physician in a variety of diagnostic examinations and must be able to receive instructions for difficult exams such as lumbar puncture, biopsies, colposcopies, LEEPs, intrauterine device placements, and pap smears. Positions patient according to specific instructions from surgeon or primary care physician, drapes patient, preps and adjusts specialized equipment with multiple features, and passes instruments. Takes tissue cultures or specimen samples from difficult specialized procedures. Answers patient's questions during procedures. Chaperone and comfort patients receiving gender specific examinations, including those that received Military Sexual Trauma. He/she possesses knowledge of surgical instruments in this clinical setting such as dilators, tenaculums, kevorkians, loops and balls, forceps and assists doctors with size selections. He/she possesses knowledge of proper handling and pre-cleaning of reusable medical equipment. Procedures are delicate and instrumentation is elaborate requiring settings and measurements that are very fine. Makes precise adjustments to clarify readings and measurements and reports observations of the clinic patient regarding mobility, nutrition, pain/ comfort level, chief complaint, etc. 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. Verifies correct labeling and patient identification. Records test time and intervals as appropriate. Assists with or performs standard health care procedures. Special procedures for women's health can include the annual breast, pap and cervical screening and interview. Performs direct patient support work including personal patient care. Takes care of patients' routine care and comfort needs including personal hygiene, physical comfort, well-being, positioning, nutrition, elimination, prevention of skin breakdown, safety and falls prevention, etc. Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 7:30-4:00\nPosition Description Title/PD#: Health Technician/ PD # 20668-A\nPhysical Requirements: The work requires standing, walking, bending, lifting and carrying. The work may require heavy lifting of equipment or patients."]
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