The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for a Health Technician (Women's Health Chaperone). The Health Technician will function in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service. In accordance with VHA Handbook 1330.02 (Health Care Services for Women Veterans), this position is restricted to female or transgender persons who identify as female. In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements within 15 calendar days of the closing date listed on the announcement: 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. 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. 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. Applicants must be eligible under the VA Interchange Agreement, having served continuously for at least one year in the other merit system under this interchange agreement. For more information regarding the VA Interchange Agreement please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/competitive-hiring/. All Title 38 Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) employees must have served in their Excepted Service position for at least 90 days in order to be eligible for a position within the Competitive Service. Applicants who were previously selected under a Competitive Delegating Examining Unit (DEU) announcement must have served in their position for at least 90 days prior to being eligible for other positions within the Competitive Service. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Veteran is defined as a person who served in the active military, naval, air, or space service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Additionally, in accordance with the Mission Act of 2018 and Public Law 115-271, in order to meet the needs of female Veterans, the Office of Personnel Management has authorized this recruitment as gender specific, and is therefore restricted to female or transgender persons who identify as female. In addition to the qualifications above, you must also have: 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. Specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Assisting with setup of the room and patient, may be required to assist in maintaining the patients position during the examination/interventions; helps to ensure the exam room is set up and sanitized and that needed tools and equipment are available to the therapist; properly cleans reusable medical equipment, per policy; ensures clean linen is stocked, and that dirty linen is removed according to policy; Explains procedures, positions patient for desired results, and cushion and shield patients as appropriate; varies procedures or positions to adjust for patients' medical conditions; Instructs, motivates, and assists patients to use and care for orthoses, prostheses, or other supportive devices; explains procedures and positions patients for a variety of standard treatment procedures; Assists clinicians to motivate patients and family members to participate in treatment plans and comply with indicated regimens and post-discharge activities; Interacts with the patient and family about the goals for treatment; Instructs, motivates and assists patients to learn and improve functional activities. OR Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position. OR Combination: I have an equivalent combination of experience and post high school education to meet the total qualification requirements. 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 is primarily sedentary but also requires standing, walking, bending, lifting and carrying light items. The work requires above average agility and dexterity. The work may require assistance in moving or in lifting wheelchair patients, utilizing appropriate safe patient handling equipment (no patient lift). ["The Duties of a Health Technician (Women's Health Chaperone) in the Therapy Section of Physical Medical and Rehabilitation Service includes, but are not limited to: Maintain constant observation of the patient at all times. Assist with maintaining the patient's position during the examination. Ensure the exam room is set up and sanitized. Maintain and properly cleans reusable medical equipment, per policy. Ensures clean linen is stocked, and that soiled linen is removed according to policy. Properly handles incoming and outgoing telephone messages. Responds to inquiries from patients concerning a variety of medical, personnel, and administrative matters. Recognizes and refers urgent inquiries to professional staff for immediate action. Maintain various patient or administrative records for the clinic. Performs clerical duties related to patient care and treatment such as coordinating or recording patient activities. Follows clinician/therapist established treatment program in accordance with the medical center's clinical care standards. Maintains contact with medical and clerical staff in various clinics and wards to resolve delays in the medical administrative aspect of providing medical care. Escorts veterans and families to and from designated areas along with ensuring the outside transportation is obtained, when necessary. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Description/PD#: Health Technician (Women's Health Chaperone)/PD92061A\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.