The position is responsible for delivering a broad array of health care services throughout the Medical Center, and it's various locations that provide in patient care. The Health Aid is responsible for performing selected patient/resident related transports to different areas such as, x-rays, CT Scan, MRI, Prosthetics, Sonography and other related areas. The incumbent is expected to develop and demonstrate increasing skills in performing a variety of tasks. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR): An IOR is a basic requirement that must be met in order to qualify for entry into this job series, and it is something that can't be waived. The IOR for the GS-03 grade level is: General experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area (i.e. customer service in a clinical or administrative setting, direct patient care, indirect patient care, etc.) of the occupation or you must have successfully completed 1 year of study that included study in medical, health, or related fields. You must submit a transcript or certificate from medical or technical program showing the education you are claiming. In addition to the IOR, you must qualify based on experience, education, or a combination of experience and education as specified below. The primary duties are COVID screenings and transporting patients. GS-03 grade level: 6 months of general experience -OR- Successful completion of 1 year of study that includes study in medical or health related fields. (Transcripts must be submitted). -OR- Combination of experience and education (please see below for more information) General Experience: (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. General experience includes Customer service in a clinical setting, direct patient care, indirect patient care. OR, Substitution of Education: Successfully completed post-high school education is qualifying for grade GS-3. 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. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business or technical school. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. OR, Combining Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. For GS-3 level positions, determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the 6 months' experience required for GS-3; then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the l year of education that meets the requirements for GS-3. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-3.NOTE: If using education combined with specialized experience to qualify, a copy of your transcript is required. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-XX. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["This is an Open Continuous announcement. To receive consideration for vacancies, applicants must submit complete applications. An initial cut off will be February 16th. After the cutoff, qualified applicants will be referred as they become available. *This job announcement will close when we have filled all the vacancies which may be sooner than the closing date.* Job duties include, but not limited to: Provides COVID screening to Veterans and staff that enter the facility to ensure the safety of those in the facility hospital units, living centers and/or household. Protect, sustain and nurture the resident by providing assistance as needed with activities of daily living (ADL), and with other needs as required in accordance with established policies and procedures to assure the highest degree of resident's quality of life and care is maintained. Provide care for a group of patients/residents of varying age. Educate and assist inpatients/residents and families in adhering to infection control principles throughout the facility. Provide a range of personal care as needed to include bathing, toileting, hair and nail care, and dressing in personal clothing while maintaining privacy and dignity of inpatient/resident. Assist as needed with eating drinking, positioning/turning, ambulating, transferring, and escorting inpatients/residents. Distribute canteen books and incidentals. Perform a range of clinical support duties, which include taking and recording vital signs, and reporting deviations to the RN. Perform bladder scans and pulse oximetry as needed. Perform a complete range of treatment procedures that include applying simple and complex sterile dressing, assists with inpatient/resident examinations and performs simple treatments such as hot and cold soaks, hot and cold packs, topical medications, foot soaks, etc. Monitor flow of oxygen, replaces empty tanks, and fills personal use portable oxygen. Perform routine tasks that assist in the implementation of leisure and diversional activities and promotes meaningful use of time that enhances independence, positive self-esteem and relaxing leisure experiences. Establish and promote effective interpersonal relationships and communications with inpatients/residents, families and others. Monitor appetites and food intake of inpatients/residents and obtain/record weight as needed. Maintain inventory control as needed. Conduct physical inventory of food and supplies prior to requesting/ordering food and supplies. Perform other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Tour of Duty to be determined - based on the needs of the service\nPosition Description Title/PD#: Health Aid/99917A Physical Requirements: Duties require extensive periods of standing and walking. Working with patients requires regular and recurring bending, lifting (not to exceed 35 pounds), reaching, carrying, stooping, stretching and similar activities."]
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.