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Health Technician (Spinal Cord Injury)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Aurora
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




This position is located in the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Center at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, in Aurora, Colorado. The primary purpose of this position is to support clinical day-to-day operations related to technical health care procedures under the supervision of the SCI Rehabilitation Therapists, Registered Nurses, and/or Clinicians as required.

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The Health Technician (SCI/D) performs the following major duties:

  • Treats, instructs or works with patients in carrying out therapeutic activities prescribed

for their physical or mental rehabilitation.

  • Assists in performing therapy functions performed by professional therapists, e.g., planning therapy treatment

for patients who are not critically or acutely ill.

  • Assists patients that are referred for treatment on the basis of a medical prescription.

The prescription usually includes the treatment objective, diagnosis, length of treatment

and necessary precautions to be observed during the therapy sessions. In some situations, the

patient is referred to the therapist without a specific prescription for treatment.

  • Works with patients on an individual basis, in small groups, or in large groups,

depending on the patient's physical and mental status and individual needs for


  • Provides nursing care to patients.
  • Assist doctors and nurses in the care and treatment of patients receiving medical, surgical,

psychiatric, or outpatient treatment.

  • Provides personal care to patients, on a regular, continuing basis; serves as a

member of the treatment team in motivating patients and redirecting their behavior

toward treatment plan goals.

  • Observes, assists and completes bowel and bladder care programs for admitted


  • Set up equipment for monitoring, interpreting and recording cardiac telemetry.
  • Performs 12-Lead ECG as ordered by clinician providing results to clinician and ensures

results are downloaded to electronic health record.

  • Performs venous blood draws and blood cultures appropriately, while adhering to

infection control practices.

  • Performs specimen collection, preparation and transfer to the lab for processing of

blood, tissue, urine, stool and sputum as a routine part of his/her practice.

  • Participates in the admission of patients by collecting patient information, orienting patients to the unit, and assisting Nurses in formulating nursing actions.
  • Takes vital signs and supports Physicians in diagnostic tests such as biopsies and lumbar punctures.

Work Schedule: Compressed tour of duty, typically six- 12 hr. shifts day (6am-630pm) or night (6pm-6:30am) and one-8 hr. shift day (6am-2:30pm) within a pay period (2 weeks).

Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician (Spinal Cord Injury)/11843A

Physical Requirements: Work requires regular and recurring periods of standing and walking throughout the ward. The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion. It may involve walking, frequent bending, reaching and stretching to set up and take apart equipment; lifting and positioning patients; and carrying, pushing, or pulling moderately heavy objects. Duties may require above average dexterity.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0640 Health Aid And Technician

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. 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.

Standard Form 50 (SF-50) Notification of Personnel Action REQUIRED - Federal applicants must submit their non-award SF50 showing their highest grade/step/salary and blocks 24 and 34 showing tenure and position occupied respectively

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.

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 with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics 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 but not limited to: working with patients in carrying out therapeutic activities prescribed for their physical or mental rehabilitation; Assists in performance of functions performed by professional therapists; collection of patient information for admissions; Assisting doctors and nurses in the care and treatment of patients receiving medical, surgical psychiatric, or outpatient treatment; providing nursing care to patients; performs catheter insertions; removal of indwelling Foley and suprapubic catheters; setting up equipment for monitoring, interpreting and recording cardiac telemetry; performing 12-Lead ECGs and providing results to clinicians and downloading results to electronic health records; performs blood collection using a variety of phlebotomy techniques including vacutainer system, syringe, butterfly or capillary finger collection devices with minimal number of failures, patient bruising or required repeat collection; labeling of samples correctly and submitting to clinical laboratories with least possible delay.


Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level (GS-6), you must have six (6) months of graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position to be filled. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.



Combination: Applicants may also combine education and specialized experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education at the graduate level. (TRANSCRIPTS ARE 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-06. 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.


Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here:

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Aurora , Health Technician (Spinal Cord Injury), Other , Aurora, Colorado

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