ICTs are advanced Health Technicians who have graduated from intensive specialized military medical training programs and served as combat medics, medical technicians, and corpsman. They possess fundamental knowledge, background and experience in emergency medicine, critical care, medical readiness, field medicine, bedside care, and primary care. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education s described below: NOTE: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE MUST BE WELL DOCUMENTED IN YOUR RESUME. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL DISQUALIFY YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION. GS-07 grade level: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-06 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: medication administration; clinical tasks; emergency care; mental health services, patient screening; performs observation-based screening and collection of patient information, assists in behavioral and psychiatric situations, and operates specialized medical equipment; collecting a wide range of specimens, prepare specimens for transfer, performs skin biopsies, assist with minor procedures (nail removal, skin graph placement, and Jones dressing), conducts or assist with training and experience using Telehealth peripherals. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must demonstrate the following; Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. TRANSCRIPT(S) MUST BE SUBMITTED IF EDUCATION IS BEING USED TO QUALIFY. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S) ARE ACCEPTED. FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSCRIPT WILL DISQUALIFY YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION 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. ["Patient Screening:\nDuties include performing observation-based screening and collecting patient information in\ncollaboration with licensed personnel. This may involve completing clinical reminders, obtaining\npatient health history, chief complaints, medication history, and identification of health-related\nconditions that may impact the patient's health status. The incumbent will complete approved\ntemplates and tools, such as the outpatient intake form, normal result notes, and follow up treatment\nprotocols established by the agency. Mental Health Services:\nThe incumbent assists in behavioral/psychiatric situations in an outpatient setting. This can include\nassisting licensed personnel with crisis intervention, management of aggressive or suicidal\npsychiatric patients, by providing one-to-one observations and applying prevention and\nmanagement of disruptive behavior techniques (PMDB). The incumbent performs duties focused on\ncommunication techniques required to complete the questioners and templates approved for use in\nany outpatient clinical setting, including active listening, restating, and mirroring. The incumbent will\nmaintain a safe and therapeutic environment for the patient while promoting a sense of worth and\ndignity under the supervision of the licensed personnel. Clinical Tasks:\nThe incumbent assists outpatient licensed staff with the delivery of care to patients with complex,\nspecialized, and potentially life-threatening situations. The incumbent assists licensed staff with\npreparing patients for medical evaluation, setting up equipment, passing instruments and providing\ntreatment during in-person or virtual visits. The incumbent operates specialized medical equipment\nto obtain diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes. The incumbent is responsible for collecting a wide\nrange of specimens and preparing them for transfer to processing. Observes patient status and\nkeeps licensed clinical staff informed of any change in condition.\nThe incumbent must possess the knowledge to recognize life threatening situations and act to\ncorrect these emergent situations according to established national or local protocols. The\nincumbent initiates cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS) and use of automatic external defibrillator\n(AED) once certified and where appropriate according to American Heart Association (AHA)\nprotocols and policies. Observes patient status and keeps licensed personnel informed of any\nchange in condition. Clinical responsibilities include but are not limited to:\nVital signs. Examples: vital signs, 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG).\nPoint-of-care (POC). Examples: Abbott hand-held blood analyzer (I-STAT), glucometer.\nEquipment and surgical instrumentation set up . Examples: skin biopsies (excisional,\nshave, punch).\nTreatments and interventions. Examples: Cryotherapy, incision and drainage, ambulation,\nand Foley coude catheter insertion.\nWound care. Examples: bandaging, application of dressings and wound measurements.\nSpecimen collection and Preparation. Examples: collecting and labeling venous blood\nsamples and mucous specimens.\nAssisting with patient exams and screening. Examples: gynecology exams.\nMental health care. Examples: Crisis intervention, performs behavioral/mental health\nscreens, conducts interviews, and observes behavioral patients.\nPreparation of lab specimens and transfer to the lab for processing: Examples: Labeling,\nplacing in the proper bin or tube system.\nAssisting with patient exams and screening, utilizing technology such as telehealth\nperipherals. Examples: primary care physical exams (heart, eye, ear, nose, throat (EENT);\ngait exams, and skin exams.\nPatient education within scope of care or while providing an intervention. Examples: postprocedural\ncare, splint care and wound care.\nFollow-up care: Examples: Suture removal.\nElectronic Health Record (EHR): Thoroughly and appropriately documents actions,\ninterventions and procedures in the medical record. Examples: Procedural notes, progress\nnotes, screenings, photo-documentation and secure messaging.\nICTs may perform tasks after proper education, training and competency, demonstrating\nknowledge, skills and abilities. Thoroughly and continually documents actions, interventions and\npatient response in the health record. Medication Administration:\nMedication administration will comply with national and local directives and policies. Administration\nmethods may include intramuscular, oral, topical, eye drops, ear drops, intranasal, rectal\nsuppositories, local anesthetics, nebulized medications, subcutaneous, and intradermal. Follows\nnational and local pharmacy and facility guidelines for disposal of medications. Work Schedule:\nPosition Description Title/PD#: Intermediate Care Technician/ 99968-A\nPhysical Requirements: The work involves extended periods of bending, standing and walking. Generally, the work requires recurring physical exertion with assisting patients."]
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