Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Care Transportation Technician in Amarillo, Texas
THE CLOSING DATE FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED. IF YOU HAD PREVIOUSLY APPLIED, YOU DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY.
This position is located at the VA Health Care System, Amarillo, Texas in the Veterans Transportation Service (VTS), Ambulance Service. In this position you will be performing non-emergency transportation to and from the Medical Center(s), Community Based Outpatient Clinics, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Community Living Centers, Dialysis Centers, Veterans' homes, and other outpatient facilities as needed.
Work Schedule: 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Work includes evenings, nights, callbacks, weekends and/or holidays.
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
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- Conducts patient assessments to ensure safe vehicle transport and to determin the need for assistance when entering and exiting the vehicle.
- Transports patients for diagnostic studies or appointments and/or transports lab specimens.
- Administers oxygen monitoring equipment to patients.
- Performs assessments to patients to obtain patient history, status of neurological, cardiovascular, circulatory, skeletal, and orthopedic systems, motor and sensory skills, and level of consciousness for the purpose of safe transport.
- Administers Basic and Advanced Life Support care which may include providing CPR, manual defibrillation, and/or medications.
- Assists in transporting non-ambulatory patients as directed.
- Operates communication equipment to obtain and relay information to and from dispatchers or health care providers.
- Conducts CPR training and assists with EMS awareness programs.
- Performs a variety of BLS/ALS supporting diagnostic duties which include taking, recording and reporting to the supervisor unusual diviations in vital signs.
- Performs patient triage, take and records patient's vital signs as needed.
- Serves as back-up to Motor Vehicle Operator.
- Provides a thorough safety inspection and operator maintenance of motor vehicle(s).
- Ensures reusable equipment is appropriately cleaned, treated and when necessary replaced and all disposable supplies are disposed of appropriately.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
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0640 Health Aid And Technician
- Emergency Medical Technicians
- Emergency Medical Technicians And Paramedics
- Healthcare Support Workers, All Other
Technicians, Emergency Medical
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- May be required to serve a probationary period.
- Pre-employment physical is required.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS:
This position includes Selective Placement Factors (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.
The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Possess current, valid Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT/Paramedic) Certifications. (A copy of both certifications must be submitted to be creditable) AND VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE REQUIRED
Possess a Valid (unrestricted) State Driver's License. (We cannot accept pictures, therefore, do not submit a copy of your driver's license. This will be verified by the hiring facility if interviewed). AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY- In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
PLUS In addition to meeting the Selective Placement Factors, Valid Drivers License, and English Language Proficiency, you must meet at least one of the following qualifications:
You must have one (1) year of specialized experience directly related to this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5) in the Federal Service that is directly related to the position. Specialized experience includes: performing ongoing patient care during patient transport, performing minor triage while making decisions on assessment of the patient; obtaining patient health history, complaints, medications, and identifying health related conditions that may impact health status during transport; administering Basic and Advanced Life Support care (BLS/ALS); using radio equipment to communicate with dispatch and healthcare providers; inspecting and operating patient transport vehicles; using various tools and equipment to safely transport patients. (This experience must be directly and clearly supported by your resume to be creditable.) VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE MUST BE DOCUMENTED ON YOUR RESUME AND MUST INCLUDE HOURS WORKED PER WEEK AS WELL AS DATES WORKED INCLUDING MONTH/YEAR IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CREDIT. - OR -
You may substitute education for specialized experience if you have successfully completed six months (9 semester credits) of graduate education (beyond a Bachelor's degree) or an internship. Only education directly related to this position is creditable. (Copy of transcript is required at the time of application) -OR-
Equivalent combinations of creditable experience and education as described above may also be used to meet total qualification requirements for this position at the next lower grade level. (Copy of transcript is required at the time of application)
You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
- Emergency Care
- Oral Communication
- Patient Care
IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.
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; 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.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Physical Requirements: The work involves extended periods of heavy moving, repositioning and lifting of patients. Generally, the work requires recurring bending, lifting, stooping, and stretching to position patients. Actions may be under adverse conditions, in confined surroundings which may cause you to experience cuts, bruises, etc., requiring you to comply with special safety and health precautions.
Work may expose you on a regular and recurring basis, to infection and contagious diseases, is required to work in all types of weather conditions, and faces risks and discomforts to include the occasional possibility of noxious fumes and dangerous substances, requiring the employee to comply with special safety and health precautions and/or to use protective gear. You must be able to wear and tolerate an N95 or equivalent mask.
Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (806) 355-9703.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
Your responses to the assessment questionnaire will be reviewed along with the information provided in your resume and supporting documentation to determine if you are qualified for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered and/or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens announcements will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The categories are defined as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors. Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligible applicants that meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category (except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher).
Background checks and security clearance
- Required Documents
IMPORTANT: Please ensure your resume include up-to-date contact information (phone number(s), email address(s), etc.)
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT/Paramedic) Certifications
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
- Cover Letter
- Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT/Paramedic) Certifications
- Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference:When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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- How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/27/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10156531.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJobs account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Agency contact information
VHA Nationwide Recruitment
Thomas E Creek VA Medical Center 6010 Amarillo Boulevard, West Amarillo, TX US
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Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications per Category Rating procedures to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
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- Privacy Act
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- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493712000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 03/13/2018 to 03/27/2018
Salary: $37,223 to $48,385 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 6
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent