Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Aid Screener in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Summary The primary responsibility of this Health Care Aid position will be screening all who enter the facility for COVID-19.The position is responsible for delivering a broad array of health care services throughout the outpatient clinic. The Health Aid is also responsible for performing selected support functions as needed. Position may be filled as either full-time or part-time. Responsibilities Applicants selected for these positions will primarily perform COVID-19 screening for incoming employees, patients and visitors prior to entry into the facility. The screening process includes administering a symptom questionnaire to gauge symptoms as well as checking body temperature. In addition to screening, employees may perform the following duties at the discretion of management: Use and follow proper hand hygiene, universal precautions and general infection control principles. Utilizes specialized equipment such as ceiling lifters, Maxi lifters, wheelchair movers, steady and electric stretchers according to Safe Patient Handling and Movement Policy. Incumbent carries records, reports, laboratory specimens, x-rays, prosthetic equipment and patient prescriptions to designated areas, excluding control substance. Performs a range of clinical support duties, which include taking, recording vital signs and reporting deviations to the RN. Performs a complete range of treatment procedures that include: checks sterile supplies and topical medications for outdated items and/or broken seals. Recognizes and institutes appropriate action in emergency situations such as performing CPR, Heimlich maneuver for choking, seizure precautions and safety during seizures, and emergency first aid. Establishes and promotes effective interpersonal relationships and communications with inpatients/residents, families and others. Establishes and promotes effective working relationships with other employees on the treatment team. Listens to all customer feedback and acts to resolve complaints within his/her control, and reports to immediate supervisor in a timely manner. Obtains equipment and supplies and assists the RN and/or medical provider(s) when he/she performs minor medical/surgical procedures when appropriate and within skills and knowledge. Maintains safe and sanitary environment for inpatients/residents, staff and visitors. Reports and removes safety hazards; utilizes correct moving and transferring techniques according to Safe Patient Handling and appropriate body mechanics; evacuates patients during fire and disaster; provides one-to-one observation as directed for assaultive and seriously ill inpatients/residents, and follows facility policy related to suicidal patients. Assists with inventory management and ordering of supplies, placing stock as provided by standard procedure in appropriate storage areas, rotating stock on shelves, replenishing, and removing/replacing outdated items if needed. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Part-time hours: 7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., depending on operating needs of the agency Position Description Title/PD#: Health Aid Screener/ 99917-A Physical Requirements: Duties require extensive periods of standing and walking. Working with residents requires regular and recurring bending, lifting (not to exceed 35 pounds), reaching, carrying, stooping, stretching and similar activities. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Your submitted application package must include a detailed resume that includes the date of each position held (mo/yr to mo/yr format), the grade level (if a Federal position), the number of hours worked per week or if positions held were full-time/part-time. GS-03 grade level: Six (6) months of general experience. General Experience is defined as (1) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. OR Education: Applicants may substitute education for the experience required. Successful completion of one (1) year, beyond high school, of study that included study in medical, health or related fields. If qualifying based on education, an unofficial transcript or listing of courses must be submitted with your application, which will be verified through official transcript if selected. TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED OR Combination: Applicants may qualify based on a combination of education and experience. The total qualifying experience is taken as a percentage of the 6 months' experience required; qualifying education is taken as a percentage of the 1 year education substitution. When added together, the total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Preferred Qualifications: Customer Service experience PLEASE NOTE: This position requires Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. If selected, Applicant will provide proof of current certification prior to employment. Only BLS certification which included Automated External Defibrillator (AED) obtained from either the American Heart Association (AHA) or the Military Training Network (MTN) will be accepted. 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. Education 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 education. Additional Information The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.