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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Technician (Emergency Department) in Seattle, Washington


This position is located in the Emergency Room and is assigned to Nursing Service, Seattle Division. The Emergency Room is responsible for outpatient care for all patients, and those center and home patients accepted to the Emergency Room. The incumbent functions as a member of the Emergency Room team under close supervision, and receives direction and assignments from the RN's and/or Emergency Room Provider, and provides technical support for nurses and physicians as directed.


Duties include but are not limited to: He/she provides the emergency room with technical support for nurses and providers to optimize patient care. Assists the RN in providing technical care to the patients by performing phlebotomy, performs 12 lead EKGs, transports patients to other departments, places patients on cardiac and vital sign monitors, performs point of care testing, performs wound care, inserts Foley catheters and Nasogastric tubes, obtains lab specimens and documents all care and procedures provided. Assists the Emergency Room Staff with technical support such as removing simple sutures, assists the MD with physical exams, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Applies a variety of orthopedic splints and fits patients for crutches. Performs laboratory draws and EKG Observes patient for signs of distress, such as hypotension/hypertension, cramps, nausea, vomiting, cyanosis, and reports to the RN, and institute basic CPR measures in the event of a cardiac/respiratory arrest. Provides direct personal patient care and assists patients' transfers and assistance as needed. Cleans equipment and workspace. Recognizes equipment malfunctions and refers for repair. Stocks supplies. Performs other duties as assigned by the nurse in charge that are essential to the safety and care of patients, and appropriate to his/her level of training as required. Documents pertinent patient observations, nursing care and other data on emergency room flow sheet records. Demonstrate respect for the diversity of cultures, religious and gender orientations, and other age range of patients and family served. Maintain files and records. Maintains accurate list of home visits. All other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Days 0730-2000, Mid-shift 1130-Midnight, Nights 1930-2000 (Compressed Tours available) Telework is not authorized Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician (Emergency Department)/PD41258A Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position are continuous with patient and equipment lifting and movement. Walking, bending, standing, stooping, lifting instruments and equipment, turning and positioning and movement of patients is required. Work Environment: Work is primarily performed in the hospital building on the main floor. Infrequently, duties require activities in specialty areas, diagnostic, patient wards and other clinics. There is an additional hazard of nosocomial infection while working due to body fluids, caustic materials, and contamination both known and unknown. Gloves, masks, and gowns are frequently required.


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. GS-06 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 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 patient care procedures, medical terminology, use of equipment, and manual dexterity, sufficient to pass instruments and assist physician during procedures; Knowledge and skill in the peripheral intravenous, access and specimen collection for labs; Knowledge of practical anatomy and physiology, medical techniques, and major disease processes, procedures, and tests sufficient to report on patient's illnesses and diseases, following doctor's order to treatment, change in patient's status, and report adverse reactions to treatment; Basic knowledge of application and set-up of specialized equipment, such as cardiac monitors, EKG machines, cast cutter, ring cutter, splinting, and pulmonary function equipment. Knowledge of surgical equipment and instruments used in a wide variety of procedures in order to select, set up, adapt, adjust, and operate correctly; Knowledge of duties, policies, and the organization of the Emergency Room There is no educational substitution for the GS-06 level. 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. When utilizing volunteer experience, please list the experience in your resume as you would paid experience, including dates of employment and hours worked per week.


There is no educational substitution for the GS-06 level.

Additional Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at Receiving Service Credit for 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. 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. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.