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
- 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
- Set up equipment for monitoring, interpreting and recording
- 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
- 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
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.
0640 Health Aid And Technician
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
- A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
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)
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
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
(TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED)
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
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