Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration HEALTH TECHNICIAN in Hines, Illinois

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Hines, IL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Temporary NTE 1 year

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (5 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID: 1822882

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to


NOTE: This is a TEMPORARYappointment (not-to-exceed 1 year). This appointment may be renewed for additional service in accordance with Agency needs for 1 additional year. Temporary positions offer health insurance (if the employee is expected to work at least 130 hours per month for at least 90 days) but do not offer life insurance or retirement benefits and may be terminated at any time before the expiration date. The appointment to a Temporary position does not confer eligibility for promotion or reassignment to other positions or the ability to be non-competitively converted to permanent employment.

This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-06. At the GS-05 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-06. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

Employee will be assigned to Nursing Service, VA Hospital, Hines, IL, performing various direct and indirect patient care activities and related supportive services under the general guidance and direction of a Registered Nurse (RN). Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Contributes to patients' well-being by providing assistance with personal hygiene, bowel/bladder care, physical comfort and a clean and safe environment; performs, reports, and records measurements, such as vital signs, intake and output, pulse oximetry, glucose finger stick, and other parameters; and provides appropriate support to patients in meeting their nutritional needs.
  • Identifies obvious patient problems, symptoms, behavioral changes and deviations from normal, and reports to the appropriate Registered Nurse (RN); and performs Electrocardiogram (EKG) and provides results to the RN.
  • Collects urine, stool, sputum, and blood specimens by phlebotomy using appropriate procedures; and labels and delivers all specimens to the laboratory as indicated.
  • Applies appropriate principles of body mechanics and patient safety in assisting patients with movement, positioning, ambulation, and transportation; assists nurses/physicians with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; and assist in emergency situations and initiates cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when indicated.
  • Utilizes equipment and supplies correctly and safely; and maintains a clean, safe, and orderly work environment.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 4:00pm.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION:Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Background investigation may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

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.

This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (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:

Must possess experience performing phlebotomy and proper application of 12-lead Electrocardiogram (EKG).

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE-GS5: Applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience which has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. Technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology; performing and recording measurements (i.e., vital signs, pulse oximetry, etc.); performing EKGs; collecting specimens (urine, sputum, blood); assisting with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; documenting in the medical record; and maintaining equipment and supplies.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (Transcript Required) -Successful completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full-time academic 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, secretarial, or technical school.


COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (Transcript Required) - Combination of successfully completed post high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE-GS6: Applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal Service. Technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology; performing and recording measurements (i.e., vital signs, pulse oximetry, etc.); performing EKGs; collecting specimens (urine, sputum, blood); assisting with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; documenting in the medical record; maintaining equipment and supplies; and recognizing and responding to emergent situations.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (Transcript Required):Successful completion of six (6) months of graduate education directly related to the work of the position meets the requirements for GS-6. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.


COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE* (Transcript Required):* Combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.
  • Ability to contribute to the patient plan of care through documentation as well as communicating the patient's needs and outcomes to the health care provider, as appropriate.
  • Skill in performing safety/emergency procedures related to patient transport, infection control, environmental safety, and CPR.
  • Ability to observe the patient's emotional reactions to care and therapy and communicate to the RN.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Requires extensive periods of standing and walking. Patient care activities require regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, pushing, and similar activities using appropriate body mechanics and other assistive devices for patient and/or equipment movement and transfer. The employee protects self and others from injury.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

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).

* 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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. 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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (708)202-8387x23431.

Other Information

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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees 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.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $35,452.00 to $51,373.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0640-05/06

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453430400

Job Announcement Number: ANS-17-SCM-1822882-4CA-BU