The Primary Purpose of the Position is to provide direct assistant to the radiologic staff to enhance the care of the patient who is undergoing an x-ray procedure. The position is designed to maximize the use of technical skills of radiologic technologists. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-04 grade level: Individual Occupational Requirement: Experience. Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled. OR Education and Training. Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in subjects related to the position, Health Technician (Radiology). (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) Minimum Qualifications Requirement: Experience. Have at least six (6) months of general experience and six (6) months of specialized experience at the GS-3 grade or equivalent level that gave me the knowledge, skills, abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. OR Qualifying experience includes but may not be limited to: Support duties to medical or health personnel such as radiologists, x-ray technicians or radiologic technologists that required application of the knowledge, methods and techniques of the position to be filled. NOTE: Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, are not required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements. Education. Possess successful completion of two (2) years of study that include at least 12 semester hours in subjects where it is directly related to the work of a Health Technician (Radiology). OR NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted, and education must be from an accredited college or university. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) Experience/Education Combination. Possess a combination of education and experience as described above. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-04. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications 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; 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. ["The Health Technician is a multi-functional position that provides direct patient care during the exam process and is instrumental in assisting staff radiologists, diagnostic radiology technologists and medical instrument technologists in the performance of their duties. The Health Technician also provides direct patient care by monitoring the health of the patient during their stay in Imaging Service and managing inpatient processed and prepared for exams. The incumbent must have the knowledge and skill sufficient to observe and report on any reactions on the part of patients to medication or breathing machines. The incumbent ensures coordination with escort to return patient to their designated area. The employee is responsible for assisting the radiologist and technologists in performing complex imaging exams, especially during biopsy procedures and all invasive procedures. The position is designed to enhance the ability of the physician to carry out the procedure without using additional physicians or staff nurse. The incumbent must have skill and knowledge in passing/retrieving medical instruments and\nmaterials to the radiologist while performing diagnostic exams. May be required to assemble or help assemble equipment to be used during various imaging procedures using sterile technique when necessary. Employee will work with all modalities: mammography, CT, MRI, Diagnostic Ultrasound, special procedures and general radiology sections. Must be multi-faceted in knowledge and procedures of each modality to ensure appropriate level of care is administered. Employee will work in multiple locations throughout Imaging Service. The incumbent must be knowledgeable in equipment terminology, contrast (drug) terminology and supply terminology. The employee is responsible for escorting patients throughout the Imaging Service and transporting patients to and from wards when necessary. Escorts patients from the Imaging Service waiting room to a dressing area and, if necessary, helps patients get appropriately dressed for their procedure. Assists patients in getting on and off examination tables if required. If necessary, assists patients to a bathroom following their examination. Helps clean patients in the event of spills and assists patients with changing gowns. Assists the X-ray, Ultrasound, CT, or MRI technologists in cleaning and disinfecting x-ray tables and other equipment after patient use. Assists in monitoring wheelchair and litter bound patients and helps ensure these patient's needs are met while in the Imaging Service. The incumbent informs patients of pre-examination procedures and/or requirements such as NPO, latest period timeframe to take medications or to commence medication(s), proper bowel preparation as ordered, take detailed and complete physical and medical histories on patients as directed. Sets up patients for treatment or tests that may include, but limited to, bloodwork or starting IV. Directs or assists patients to imaging exam room, monitors patients when technologist leaves the exam room. For safe practices, Health Technicians, while working in the MRI section, will always be present due to the magnetic field in the MRI suite. The employee will complete their yearly training requirement on Level 1 MRI Safety Training. They must be ready at all times to prevent an untoward event while the patient is in the scanning room. The incumbent performs a variety of clerical and administrative activities including, but not limited to, picking up supplies as needed, retrieval of mammography film jackets from and filing of film jackets to the department film library, preparing appointment/exam instruction letters for mailing, faxing release of information forms to other medical facilities, filing paper reports in proper film jackets, recognizing and giving priority\nhandling to all emergency patient needs, separating and packaging x-ray films to be sent to the Federal Records Center, if necessary, and rotating current and previous years film files. May be required to receive and register patients. Employee may be required to digitize hard copy films into the CTVHCS Picture Archival and Communication System (PACS). The employee must also use computer functions and software to prepare documents that may include, but are not limited to word processing, database and spreadsheets to enter, maintain, and retrieve patient records/data. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 7:30am - 4:00pm\nPosition Description Title/PD#: Health Technician (Radiology)/PD04230A\nPhysical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; Straight pulling; Pulling hand over hand; Pushing; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Walking (8 hours); Standing (8 hours); Kneeling (2 hours); Depth perception; Hearing (aid permitted)."]
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