Indian Health Service Health Technician (Clinical Assistant) in Wanblee, South Dakota
Summary Performs a variety of responsible nursing tasks involving standardized procedures, requiring basic knowledge & consideration of patient conditions & treatments in an ambulatory setting. Must demonstrate basic knowledge & skill of growth & development over the life span & possess the ability to interpret the info needed to identify each patient's requirements to their age-specific needs. Routine duties shall include providing medical care to individuals eligible for services provided by the IHS. Responsibilities Completes tasks that are of a clerical and technical support to the Medical and Nursing staff, provides ongoing monitoring of vital signs, performs testing for blood glucose monitoring and provides informal and basic health education and teaching to patients and families. Provides patient care within scope of practice, observes patients that are at risk to cause self-harm and performs transfer, lifting or ambulating of patients using proper body mechanics and lifting methods. Stocks supplies in exam rooms, performs as a receptionist, maintains various unit logs and patient census and other related clerical duties associated with patient care and treatment. Safely operates specialized equipment and floats to all inpatient and outpatient units as assigned and work on a rotational basis to provide continuity of patient care during days, evenings, nights, holidays and weekends. Maintains and demonstrates knowledge of and adheres to clinic and departmental safety regulations, maintains security and confidentiality of data and information and assists in emergency situations. Requirements Conditions of Employment Must pass pre-employment examination. Selectee may be subject to a probationary period U.S. Citizenship is required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes. Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities. Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/. You will need to set up direct deposit so we can pay you. Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process. Fingerprinting, as part of the background investigation process, may be delayed due to COVID-19. All other background investigation procedures will apply. Be advised that your continued employment will require you to complete a fingerprint check within 60 days after notification of return to full operations and successfully obtaining a favorable background investigation. Qualifications To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. 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; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): OPM Link: Health Aid and Technician Series 0640 (opm.gov) In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum Qualifications for GS-04: 6 Months of General Experience and 6 Months of Specialized Experience OR 2 Years of Education above the High School Level with at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation. General experience is defined as any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Specialized Experience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include: Taking and recording vital signs, scheduling appointments, maintaining security and confidentiality of data and information. Minimum Qualifications for GS-05: 1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 Grade Level OR 4 Years of Education above the High School Level with at least 24 semester hours in courses related to the occupation. Examples of Specialized Experience at the GS-04 grade level include: Determining patient assessment, distinguishing between normal and abnormal findings and administering intervention as prescribed by the provider, typical of medical assistant or health education positions. Minimum Qualifications for GS-06: 1 Year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 Grade Level. Examples include: Venipuncture, collecting lab specimens, performing basic wound/skin care measures, and administering oral medication, typical of experienced medical assistant or health education positions. You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Education For positions requiring positive education requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution. Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: https://www.ed.gov/accreditation Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information. ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED - Applications will be reviewed starting on February 5, 2021 and every 10 business days thereafter until filled. Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 240 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement. Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit. Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a 6 month service agreement will be required. The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit: For IHS - https://www.ihs.gov/loanrepayment/ For NHSC - https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/ For HRSA Nurse Corps - https://bhw.hrsa.gov/loansscholarships/nursecorps This position has promotion potential to the GS-06 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.