The West Palm Beach Veterans Healthcare System - Patient Care Services is recruiting a Health Technician in the Intensive Care Unit. Health Technician (HT) provides support in a wide variety of basic clinical and intermediate level administrative functions. Ensures compliance with VA regulations, Joint Commission standards, other regulatory agencies. Improves the quality and timeliness of basic services that are delivered to patients by providing a wide variety of ancillary activities. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by 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 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: Observing patients' cardiac rhythms. Notifying nursing/clinicians of any rate/rhythm changes according to clinician/provider orders. Operate and monitor equipment for both 12 lead and IS lead EKG readings. Measures and interprets patient's heart rhythm and documents on patient. 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. ["Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Maintains ongoing, high-level surveillance of patients' cardiac rhythms and notifies nursing/clinicians of any rate/rhythm changes according to clinician/provider orders. Measures and interprets patient's heart rhythm and documents on patient record per departmental standards. Initiates and discontinues monitoring equipment on admission, transfer, or discharge. Performs clerical duties related to admission, discharge, and documentation of patient information from Heartbeat Central station. Serves as a resource for training and troubleshooting to both Heartbeat Central station and clinical areas. Maintains and stocks all designated equipment, including telemetry, and transport monitors. Adheres to confidentiality of information acquired pertaining to patients, clinicians, employees, and visitors. Provides assistance of a technical, specialized, or support nature to health and medical personnel in the diagnosis or treatment of patient illnesses or medical conditions. Supports medical and health care professionals in tests and procedures to diagnose and treat medical conditions. Performs a range of diagnostic support duties such as taking, recording and reporting to supervisor deviations in vital signs, taking specimens, labeling specimens for the laboratory. Work Schedule: Night Shift with the understanding tours are subject to change to meet the needs of the unit. Rotating weekends and holidays Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician (Telemetry)/01643-A Physical Requirements: The variety of duties reflects a variety of potential extended periods of sitting, walking, standing, carrying items, typing, writing, as well as lifting heavy, sometimes immobile patients. The incumbent is expected to utilize good body mechanics and have stamina to withstand a stressful environment. Work Environment: The work is nominally performed within the existing physical structure, which is environmentally controlled. Occasional work may be required outside the building; examples include but not limited to, assisting patients out or into their vehicles, declared emergencies outside the building, disaster situations - including drills. Most functions require normal safety precautions, though situations may occur that require special protective equipment. Additionally, there are risks of exposure to undiagnosed and infectious diseases, contact with patients intoxicated, and risks of verbal or physical assault."]
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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.