First Area of Consideration (AOC) will be given to NAGE (permanent employees of EKHCS), Topeka, KS (including current Veteran Canteen Service Employees who have served on a permanent appointment for 90 days or more). Second AOC will be given to any additional permanent employees of EKHCS. Third AOC will be status eligibles to include special appointing authorities. This Health Technician position is located in the Emergency Department under the Nursing Service Line. Major duties include but are not limited to: Performs venipuncture, phlebotomy, and capillary blood glucose readings using approved methodology for sample collection to include the importance of proper patient identification. Properly identifies all patients with two identifiers to assure the accuracy of the specimen collected and documentation of the collection is appropriate. Follows procedures for patient identification, sample procurement, and specimen labeling. Proficiently collects blood samples with a minimal number of failures, patient bruising, or required re-sticks, and ensures that samples are submitted to the clinical laboratory with the least possible delay. Follows established procedures for collecting specimens in the appropriate container, stores/ maintains specimens under appropriate conditions, and follows guidelines for collecting timed specimens at the appropriate times to ensure specimen viability. Prepares specimens for analysis, ensuring that the physiological state of the specimen properties is maintained. Controls sample physical conditions and responds to time factors to ensure that the physiologic state of the specimen is maintained. Follows standard procedure and applies a practical knowledge of the properties of the specimens to ensure effective presentation of the qualities or characteristics critical for accurate testing or examination. Responsible for the preparation of samples, preparing the computerized requisition, and preparing the sample for transport. Demonstrates use, purpose, and care of instruments and accompanying accessories. Instructs patient in the collection of urine for chain of custody (legal) urine drug screens, processing specimen and paperwork appropriately. Performs direct patient support work which includes but not limited to providing personal patient care, collecting medical history, obtaining vital sign readings, obtaining 12-lead EKG readings, completing preventative health screenings via clinical reminders, performing medical treatments/procedures such as dressing changes, and documenting care provided, reporting findings of concern to the provider or other appropriate staff. Identifies and reports data relative to more complex, non-routine patient situations including subtle changes in patients' behaviors or conditions/variances related to neurological signs, vital signs, or other parameters. Takes tissue cultures or specimen samples which require difficult specialized procedures. Prepares the clinical areas for individual procedures. Orders and maintains supplies for the unit, to include specialized supplies pertaining to instruments used in the unit. Prepares patients for health care appointments/interactions by tele-video means with other health care personnel located at a separate physical location. Completes clinical encounter documentation associated with tele-video, face-to-face, and other non-face-to-face interactions. Interprets requests or instructions for medical or health care personnel. Understands and carries out the requests made by the health care provider or other members of the health care team. Provides counsel on health-related subjects including but not limited to recommended plan of care, nutrition, post-procedure care, and home care, and VA programs and eligibility. Independently explains procedures and positions patients for a variety of difficult procedures. Responds to emergency situations such as cardiopulmonary failure, hemorrhaging, and shock by assisting in the performance of resuscitation measures. Operates and maintains medical instruments and equipment for diagnostic and treatment procedures. Collects data from patient's records and prepares summaries and reports in response to a variety of requests. Reviews and screens requests for information. Identifies inconsistencies or discrepancies among documentation and discusses with appropriate staff member(s). Determines nature of inquiry and independently responds to all administrative questions. Obtains release forms. Work Schedule: Full time; varied shifts: will work a total of four 10 hour shifts a week with rotation including weekends and holidays. Days or evenings dependent on department needs. Telework: Not available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Paid Time Off: Receive 13 to 26 days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave per year, 13 sick days annual with no limitation on accumulation, and 11 paid federal holidays. Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401k with up to 5% in contributions by VA. Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement). For More Information on Benefits: https://www.vacareers.va.gov/Benefits/EmploymentBenefits/
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.