This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT (OCA) and will remain open until September 30, 2021. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be 07/23/2021. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis. NOTE: This posting will remain open until no longer needed but no later than 09/30/2021. *Recruitment/Relocation Incentives may be authorized for services with the highest need. This announcement will be used for filling multiple vacancies for GS-7 Intermediate Care Technician across the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) Program is a program designed to hire former military corpsmen, combat medics and medical technicians into positions at VA Medical Centers as an integral part of the medical team. ICTs operate within clearly-defined clinical competencies. For the purposes of this job announcement ICTs may work in multiple clinical settings based on facility needs, these include but are not limited to Primary Care, Specialty Clinics, Employee Occupational Health and COVID Screening and Swabbing Stations. *Primary Care Clinics: The PACT ICT is responsible for providing direct and/or indirect patient care to assigned group of patients. Will have knowledge, skill and experience to carry out assignments involving point of care testing, providing treatments, vaccinations, performing diagnostic studies and patient/family education. ICT demonstrates active collaboration and communication with the Patient Aligned Care Teamlet (Patient, Primary Care Provider, RN Care Manager and Administrative Associate) and Larger Team (family/caregiver, internal and community-based services and disciplines involved in providing care to the patient). *Women's Health Clinic: ICT is responsible for providing direct and/or indirect patient care to assigned group of patients. Will have the knowledge, skill and experience to carry out assignments involving point of care testing, providing treatments and vaccinations, performing diagnostic studies and patient education. Will also be responsible for chaperoning medical procedures. *COVID Screening and Swabbing: ICT is responsible for asking screening questions for COVID and influenza symptoms of patients, visitors, and contractors. Schedules and location (screening or swabbing) are determined by needs of the VA. Works in various environments such as parking garage, outside in tents and or offices. Responding to complex situations that require problem solving around patient appointments, questions and wayfinding. Conducting swabbing/testing for COVID and potentially other illnesses. Administer intramuscular injection vaccination for vaccination for vaccine clinics. Swabbing for pre-procedural patients, employees, and unit surveillance. Swabbing takes place in the covered garage and other outdoor settings. Employee Occupational Health tasked with the care of VA Puget Sound employee's providing physicals for pre-placement, injury, DEMPS, annual requirement for position and work related illness. EOH cares for injured employee's and follows care through the OWCP process. Tasked with testing, case management of positive cases, contact tracing and tracking COVID trends within our facility. Duties include worksite surveillance programs, employee wellness, work-related immunizations and providing a safe work environment. Staff will primarily be testing employee's for COVID-19 unit base surveillance. Administering COVID-19 and flu immunizations. Potentially assisting in clinical triage as needed and other duties. Clinical responsibilities include but are not limited to: Performing Diagnostic Tests. Examples: Vital Signs, 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) Point-of-Care. Examples: glucometer, COVID swabbing Specimen collection and Preparation. Examples: collecting and labeling venous blood samples Wound Care. Examples: bandaging, application of dressings and wound measurements Medication Administration: nebulized medications, topical, limited PO meds, vaccine administration Mental Health Care: Examples: Crisis intervention, performs behavioral/mental health screens Treatments and Interventions: Examples: Cryotherapy, incision and drainage, ambulation, and Foley coude' catheter insertion Suture and/or Staple Removal Splinting and Casting Patient education within scope of care or while providing an intervention Electronic Health Record (EHR): Thoroughly and appropriately documents actions, interventions and procedures in the medical record Work Schedule: Full Time, Tours of duty vary. May Include nights, weekends, holidays. Specific Tours will be discussed by the hiring manager. Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: May be authorized for services with highest need Position Description Title/PD#: Intermediate Care Technician -Medical Assistant/ 99968-A Physical Requirements: The work involves extended periods of bending, standing and walking. The work requires recurring physical exertion with assisting patients Work Environment: On a regular and recurring basis, employee is exposed to infection, exposure to communicable diseases and contagious diseases and to comply with special safety and health precautions by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) according to universal precautions. COVID Swabbing and Screening may take place outside in parking garage, tent or office
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.