The full performance, Critical Care Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) is assigned to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA). This position serves as an advanced technician for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Step-down Unit, and/or Post-anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) for patients who are present for treatment. All candidates must have current First Aid and Basic Life Support (BLS) training before they begin working as part of the Rapid Response Team (RRT). The New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System (NMVAHCS) strives to provide the highest quality primary, secondary and tertiary health care to its beneficiaries through a compassionate, innovative health care system, excellent training and education of health care professionals, and effective use of available resources. As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. Failing to submit any documentation that is required and listed under the "Required Documents" tab may result in loss of consideration. The incumbent performs ongoing patient care duties in a critical care setting under the delegated authority of the supervising physician, licensed independent provider (LIP), and/or advanced practice provider (APP) assigned, credentialed, privileged and competent in the management and care of the patient. All ICTs are expected to communicate with their supervising physicians, licensed independent provider (LIP), and advanced practice provider (APP) to provide collaborative, timely and appropriate patient care. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following. This may involve obtaining patient health history, chief complaints, medication history, and identification of health related conditions that may impact the patient's health status. The incumbent will evaluate patients for emergent/non-emergent medical conditions, order appropriate diagnostic studies and perform a wide range of treatment procedures under the direction of the supervising physician. Necessary interventions based upon patient symptoms and established protocols/standards of care should be part of the routine capabilities of this position. The incumbent also assists in behavioral and psychiatric situations to include crisis intervention and management of aggressive or suicidal psychiatric patients. The incumbent also assists supervising physicians with complex, specialized, and potentially life threatening procedures such as defibrillation, cardioversions, insertion of chest drainage tubes, or initiation of mechanical ventilation to restore normal physiological function or prevent deterioration of the patient's condition. The incumbent may perform airway management using BIPAP and advanced airway techniques including the use of LMA and oral intubations using a laryngoscope if properly trained, credentialed and privileged. Work Schedule: Rotating shifts, including holidays, and are subject to occasional recall to maintain adequate coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Position Description Title/PD#: Intermediate Care Technician/PD50247A Physical Requirements: The work involves extended periods of heavy moving and lifting of patients. Generally, the work requires recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, and positioning of patients. Must be able to lift and/or move heavy objects over 45 pounds. Must be able to carry objects over 40 pounds for distances of at least 200 feet.
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.