The Observation/Transport Aid serves as a member of the health care team. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/26/2023. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: GS-03 Grade Level: Experience: Must possess at least 6 months of experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of this position. This experience provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of this occupation. OR Education: One year of education above high school with course(s) related to the occupation (i.e. medical or health related). (Transcripts required at time of application.) OR Combination of Experience of Education: Equivalent combination of education and experience. (Transcripts required at time of application.) General Experience: (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Successfully completed post-high school education is qualifying for GS-3. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business or technical school. Combining Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. For GS-3 level positions, determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the 6 months' experience required for GS-3; then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the l year of education that meets the requirements for GS-3. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-3. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Communications Critical Thinking Eye-Hand Coordination Patient Care 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 and Work Environment: Duties require extensive periods of standing and/or walking 6 to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, with stooping and bending without limitation. Must be able to lift and/or move heavy objects over 40 lbs. for distances at least 200 feet. Assignment involves positioning patients and transferring them to wheelchairs and litters using good body mechanics. The incumbent observes normal safety precautions in the working area and is expected to report safety hazards. Observation of responsible isolation techniques is performed. Verbal and/or physical outbursts from emotionally disturbed patients and distraught visitors may occur and are usually unpredictable. Individuals employed within the parameters of this position can expect to perform tasks that expose the individual to blood, body fluids, or tissues. This classification based on exposure risk is known as Category I. 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/. ["Scope of Duties: Performs transport services for acutely, seriously, and chronically ill patients with a variety of medical, surgical, and psychiatric problems. Transports patients by wheelchair or litter to and from all units (inpatient wards, outpatient clinics, laboratory, radiology, and other treatment areas) within the Medical Center. Performs basic nursing care activities such as comfort and safety measures, transferring patients from beds, litters, wheelchairs, and contour beds. Identifies emergency situations (choking, cardiac and respiratory arrests, suicidal attempts, emotionally disturbed behavior, etc.) through direct observation and promptly follows appropriate medical center policies and procedures. Delivers specimens to and from laboratory, as well as, nursing and treatment units. Identifies gross symptoms and behavioral changes through observation and reports this to the Registered nurse. Maintains record of requests and services rendered. Provides appropriate care as a person at bedside for patients who need to be monitored by staff and contact appropriate patient care team (provider, nurse, etc.) of any substantial changes or issues. Responsible for responding to all facility Code Blues and Rapid Responses with the proper litter and ensuring that litter is properly maintained. Cleans patient areas as needed. Keeps patient rooms supplies with the items need to provide patient care. Contacts Logistics and /or SPS when needed items are not in stock. Monitors linen levels in rooms, blanket warmers, and clean linen room. Ensues isolation carts are stocked and supplied appropriately, if not, contacts pertinent parties. Monitors area for oxygen tanks. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Full-time, Rotating shifts to cover days, evenings, weekends and holidays. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Patient Observation Aid/PD7485-A and PD07485A Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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