This position is assigned to the Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Veterans Transportation Services (VTS), Ambulance Service, for the Amarillo VA Health Care System (AVAHCS) performing basic and advanced life support procedures. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/28/2023. 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-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-8. 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. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. 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. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: GS-9 Specialized Experience: Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled. You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-8 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include: Knowledge of diagnostic signs to perform patient examination, provide patient care, and ensure appropriate patient handling; Experience using various types of medical emergency equipment; Knowledge and skill in emergency medicine techniques to determine, based on the diagnosis of the patient, the approach that will most effectively sustain the patient's life; Administers medications and solutions orally or intravenously under the direction of standing orders (protocols) or of an off-site physician; Skill and familiarity with emergency and patient transport vehicle characteristics to safely operate the vehicle under adverse weather and/or traffic conditions to provide emergency and patient transportation. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have two full years of graduate education or a master's degree meets the requirements for GS-9, if it is directly related to the work of the position. 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. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience directly related to the work of the position and education beyond one full year of graduate education. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: First Response Vehicle Operation Technical Credibility 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 Paramedics work involves extended periods of heavy moving and lifting of patients in a variety of situations. Generally, the work requires recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, and positioning of patients, frequently under adverse conditions or in confined areas. Paramedics may be required to spend prolonged periods in protective breathing apparatus and protective clothing during chemical, nuclear, biological, or hazardous materials incidents/exercises. Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate carrying (15-44 pounds); Straight pulling (up to 3 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 3.5 hours); Both legs required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted). 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/. ["*** Non-Bargaining Position *** Join the Amarillo VA Health Care System (AVAHCS) as a Paramedic. You will respond to on-site accidents and other emergencies involving injury and illnesses, sometimes encountering situations which may be life threatening. You will determine and prioritize appropriate medical treatment/procedures and need for additional assistance. You will perform patient triage and take/records patient's vital signs as needed, and perform physical examinations and obtain patient history, assesses status of patient's neurological system, cardiovascular system, circulatory system, skeletal system, orthopedic system, motor and sensory skills, and level of consciousness. You will determine, with due regard to the patient's condition, if and how the patient can be moved and to which medical facility the patient should be transported. You will prioritize treatments for patients having multiple problems and employ a variety of advanced emergency medicine techniques, methods, and equipment during transport to the appropriate medical facility. You will administer basic and advanced life support care at emergency scene in accordance with established medical standards, which may include providing advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), international trauma life support (ITLS), PALS, PEPP, advanced airway management, CPR, and/or drug treatments. Perform invasive and non-invasive procedures on patients with life threatening and non-life-threatening conditions per established procedures or as authorized/directed by physicians. Respond to cardiac and respiratory emergencies, performs cardiac monitoring and defibrillation; maintains circulation controls bleeding and provides spinal management and immobilization. Provide fluid resuscitation by IV and manage trauma injuries, bleeding, and post-traumatic shock. Operate or utilize various emergency vehicles and emergency/medical equipment, tools and supplies which may include ambulance, extrication tools, blood pressure cuff, cardiac monitor, glucose monitor, defibrillator, endotracheal tube, external pacing device, 12 lead EKG airway equipment, intravenous pump, laryngoscope, oxygen terminal, pulse oximetry monitor, CPAP, auto-ventilator, pediatric equipment, medical supplies, radio communications equipment, and general office equipment. Select the most efficient route to and from sites, taking into consideration traffic patterns, health facility locations, etc. Perform thorough safety and operator maintenance inspections and makes minor repairs on a variety of emergency ambulances, patient transport vehicles, and medical equipment. Ensures that the vehicles are kept clean and neat. Responsible for taking patients to and from medical areas, and coordinates, with the patient and unit, the time of departure. Assist in lifting and carrying patients into or out of transport vehicles and into treatment facility. Utilizes various tools and equipment to transport patients, such as Henley backboards, EKG monitor and defibrillator, and mechanical CPR device, etc. National Registered Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Certification required. Paramedics will perform other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Sunday/Weekends/Holidays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.; 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Alternate schedules may be necessary to meet the needs of the organization.) Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Paramedic/PDS10135-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial 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.