Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Technician (MICU) in Houston, Texas

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Note: Medical Knowledge and specific ICU skills are required for completion of tasks and other patient care activities.

This position is located in the Medical Care Line Services, MICU/CCU. Sections. The incumbent serves as a member of the Critical Care Unit, assisting with patient care activities under the direction of the Nurse Manager or designee. The position is responsible for expediting the care and treatment of patients and ensuring implementation of all requested diagnostic exam and performing routine and complex patient care duties. This position is required to perform administrative and clerical duties. Duties and responsibilities of the Health Technician are varied and involve accomplishing both clinical and administrative tasks associated with the treatment and care of inpatients assigned to the unit. The member participates in the assessment of physical, functional, psychosocial, and end of life planning needs of patients assigned in collaboration with the provider, social worker , nurses and / or health care providers.

Patient Care*:*

  1. Performs basic nursing care according to standards of care policy and procedure, including but not limited to:
  • Oral Hygiene

  • Takes vital signs, height and weight, B.P., P.R.T., Pain

  • Measures intake and output and documents in patient record

  • Suctioning naso/oral cavity

  • Bathing (bed bath, partial bath, tub, shower, foot bath, Sitz bath

  • Shaving

  • Hair care, including shampoo for bedfast patients

  • Eye care, including prosthesis

  • Skin care (topical ointments, Duoderm etc.)

  • Observe and reports signs of skin breakdown to RN/LVN

  • Range of motion (passive and active)

  • Post-mortem care

  • Transfers assistance (bed to chair, chair to bed, etc.)

  • Itemizes patient belongings according to unit procedures

  1. Performs diagnostic support:
  • Documents and reports vital signs, height and weight

  • Neuro vital signs

  • Blood Glucose testing

  • Collection of specimens: blood (including blood cultures), urine, sputum, emesis, and feces.

  • Urine Glucose testing

  • Correctly applies electrodes for 12-lead EKGs and obtains EKG printouts.

  • Applies pulse oximetry

  • Assists physicians with setting up for procedures

  • Transports specimens to lab

  1. Performs simple and complex procedures, which include but not limited to:
  • Simple dressing changes

  • Complex dressing changes

  • Colostomy wound skin care & application of appliances

  • Sets up suctioning equipment

  • Patient isolation

  • Application of Ace bandages and anti-embolic stockings

  • Application of external urinary catheter

  • Incentive spirometer; observes and documents patients response

  • Application of ice packs and K-thermia pads

  • Hypo-hyperthermia equipment

  • Oxygen equipment set up and including portable oxygen tank

  • Foley catheter care

  • Application and reapplication of restraints and prosthetic devices according to approved protocols

  • Insertion of Foley catheter

  • Observe and report skin condition for patients in restraints and report to RN/LVN

  • Performs designated basic treatments and procedures as specific to work area

  • Tracheal suctioning of patients

  • Application of Sequential Compression Devices

  • Correct insertion of urinary catheters and irrigation procedures

  • Assisting patients with ambulation, range of motion exercises, and other rehabilitative and restorative aspects of nursing care

Work Schedule: 12:00 a.m. (midnight)- 8:00 a.m. - may include extended hours and weekends.

*Position Description Title/PD#: * Health Technician GS-0640-6 PD # 8206-A

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current, permanent employees of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas, and its Outpatient Clinics, Permanent Employees of the Houston National Cemetery, Houston VBA employees, O/I&T;, Vet Center, MidSouth CPAC, VISN 16 Contracting employees serviced by the MEDVAMC and MEDVAMC VCS employees permanently employed for at least 90 days. If you do not meet this area of consideration, you will not be considered for this position.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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0640 Health Aid And Technician

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  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Must meet all time-in-grade requirements.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

*PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: *The work is basically sedentary, but a great deal of walking to all parts of the Medical Center is required since the incumbent will be working with a variety of clinical and administrative services. The work may require a moderate degree of physical effort when performing minor computer maintenance, repair, or installation activities.

Time-in-grade:Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade at any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For this GS-6 position, you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5 level.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized Experience:

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level. Generally, specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience in assisting in the planning, and reporting of data/statistical results of program studies; updating and tracking all authorized non-VA Care/CITC services; preparing, composing and/or reviewing correspondence geared for the purpose of obtaining or supplying information; maintaining patient data and retrieving a variety of computerized data; and using software applications to draw information from a wide variety of sources in order to prepare reports.

Note: Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above the GS-05 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. A transcript mush be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualification on education.

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.


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: 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.

Additional information

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA 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 on about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

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.

"Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position."

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.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.

1) Knowledge and skills in performing patient care procedures.

2) Knowledge of DHCP/Vista, CPRS, and other computer programs. 3) Knowledge of patient and employee safety principles.

4) Knowledge and ability to demonstrate good communication and customer service skills.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  • Resume

  • SF-50

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

  • Cover Letter

  • Transcript

Please include your most current non-award SF-50 that shows your status, grade and step.

Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference:When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

*Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: *You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2009034.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides 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.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 28, 2017 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. 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,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Jessica L. Creal





Medical Care Line Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center 2002 Holcombe Blvd Houston, TX USA

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Next steps

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.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office at OPM
  • Office of Equal Opportunity

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/14/2017 to 09/28/2017

Salary: $41,673 to $54,180 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 06

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Agency Employees Only