Health Technician (HT) at NYHHCS- Brooklyn campus, is as a ward-based member of the health care delivery team under the supervision of the Nursing Care Coordinator (NCC). The HT performs routine outpatient and Inpatient phlebotomy, electrocardiograms, Stress Test, Holter Monitor, chart documentation duties, direct patient care duties, patient/family teaching duties, patient safety duties and others as assigned by Patient Care Team Coordinator (PCTC). To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/18/2022. You may qualify based on your experience as described below for GS-6: .GS-6: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-5 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Ability to perform healthcare procedures under the direction and supervision of licensed personnel, Experience in assisting in behavioral/psychiatric situations in an outpatient setting. Assisting outpatient licensed staff with the delivery of care to patients with complex, specialized, and potentially life-threatening situations; Experience collecting a wide range of specimens and preparing them for transfer to processing. Experience observing patient status and keeping licensed clinical staff informed of any change in condition. Experience in specimen collection and preparation. Experience assisting with patient exams and screening, utilizing technology such as telehealth peripherals. Practical knowledge of the major body systems, i.e., skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive and genitourinary, to perform patient examination and to provide prompt and efficient patient care and appropriate patient handling. Working knowledge of diagnostic signs, e.g., pulse, respiration, blood pressure, temperature, skin color, pupils of the eyes, state of consciousness, ability to move on command, reaction to pain, etc., to perform patient evaluation, to provide patient care, and to ensure appropriate patient handling. Knowledge of Point of Care Testing, i.e. blood glucose, antigen testing, nasal swabbing. Experience in 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG). Preferred specialized experience: successful completion and current of Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification Note Substitution for Education : There is no educational substitution for the GS-06 level. Diagnostic Medical TestingFlexibilityInfection ControlInterpersonal SkillsOrganizational Awareness 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: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work requires standing and walking for long periods of time. The HT must frequently lift, bend, reach, stop and stretch to perform necessary procedures. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["Duties may include but are not limited to: Records treatments, findings and progress in the patient record. Reports to the professional nurse or physician any significant signs, symptoms or behavioral changes observed in the patient. Performs standard 12 - lead EKGs and mounts tracings for interpretation. HT is responsible for routine maintenance, storage and cleaning of EKG equipment. Performs venipuncture according to written protocols to ensure proper collection, labeling, handling and delivery of blood specimens to the lab. Uses aseptic technique to obtain blood cultures. Collects specimens for blood glucose analysis, using the blood glucose monitoring instrument. Enters and verifies completed test results and reports results to appropriate individual& Calibrates, cleans and maintains the instrument. Completes appropriate laboratory slips to accompany blood samples to the lab. Observes patients' general reaction, rate of absorption of intravenous fluids - notifying nurse of changes in accordance with set limits. Taking, recording and reporting to nurse deviations in vital signs. Transports patients to required destinations. Prepares and assists with examinations, diagnostic and therapeutic tests according to written procedures and policies. Performs and records nursing care which includes basic and complex nursing care procedures; caring for patients with thoracotomy tubes; assisting with checking and monitoring a patient receiving blood components; and/or patients reviewing neuro and vascular checks. Also performs gravity tube feedings per nasogastric and gastrotomy tubes. Bathes, turns, lifts and performs oral care, hair care, related hygienic care and post-mortem care; anticipates and answers patient's call for assistance. Performs and records a variety of advanced specialized treatments which include nasal, nasopharyngeal and/or tracheostomy suctioning, inserting urethral and suprapubic catheters, instituting and maintaining bladder irrigations with three-way urethral catheters. Utilizes aseptic techniques when applying compresses or complicated dressings which may include irrigations and packing; empties Hemovac and Jackson Pratt drains. Provides care for patients requiring artificial ventilatory assistance and decubitus ulcer care. Obtaining and preparing equipment and supplies for peritoneal dialysis. Hangs solution, empties bottles, records quantities and reports abnormalities. Caring for patients in isolation. Care for psychiatric patients. Carries out other duties as assigned. This includes performing described Health Tech duties for an additional unit, or in a reassigned unit or float position. The HT may rotate to all tours of duty, days, evenings and nights. Work Schedule: First vacancy Monday - Friday 05:00am - 13:30pm & second vacancy Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.\nTelework: This position is not suitable for telework\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Description/PD#: Health Technician/PD08272A\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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