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Position is located within the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP), a 64-bed residential facility which operates an 18-bed homeless program, a 20-bed residential substance abuse program, 18-bed PTSD programs, and 8-beds for the Restorative Pain program. The MHRRTP program is designed to provide residential rehabilitation and treatment services for Veterans with multiple and severe medical conditions, mental illness, addiction, or psychosocial deficits. The MH RRTP identifies and addresses goals of rehabilitation, recovery, health maintenance, improved quality of life, and community integration in addition to specific treatment of medical conditions, mental illnesses, addictive disorders, and homelessness. The residential component emphasizes incorporation of clinical treatment gains into a lifestyle of self-care and personal responsibility. Treatment intensity, environmental structures, milieu, and type of supervision vary based on Veteran needs and preferences. These programs provide 7 day a week, 24 hour a day coverage for highly complex patients that suffer from a variety of comorbidities including medical, psychiatric, substance abuse, and socioeconomic crises. The Health Technician assists medical and nursing staff through a wide range of technical, specialized support services which aids in the diagnosis, treatment, or facilitation of community care for the Veterans served. The Health Technician performs a variety of clinical, laboratory, and administrative work in support of the inpatient services provided to Veterans within the MHRRTP. Assists medical and nursing staff through technical and specialized support services which aids in the diagnosis or treatment of patients; Performs clinical, laboratory, and administrative work in support of the inpatient services; Takes patients' vital signs; Obtains laboratory specimens and prepares them for transport by labeling and sealing within biohazard bags; Performs Urine Drug Screens to determine illicit substances used by Veterans; Arranges and passes medical instruments or supplies to medical provider or registered nurse during procedures such as dressing changes, wound care, nail care/clipping, foot care, and post-operative patient care management; Gathers diagnostic information for medical providers by monitoring Veterans using specialized machines including continuous pulse oximetry monitoring, point of care whole blood glucose testing, orthostatic blood pressure monitoring, halter monitoring, and 12-lead EKG; Educates patients on the use of medical devices such as TENS units, CPAP machines, BPAP machines, nebulizers, and splint; Independently performs direct patient care activities including intakes, breathalyzers, obtaining vital signs, 12-lead EKGs, educational reminders, medication reconciliation, and any other procedures requested by provider or supervisor; Correctly documents all findings in the Veteran's electronic medical record; Adheres to safety and infection control procedures; Initiates first aid and basic life support training, personal protective equipment as indicated, and additional support devices such as an automatic electronic defibrillator; Contacts emergency services, 911, when necessary and provides report to paramedics regarding emergent situation; Assists with the preparation of paperwork for emergency personal, escorts emergency personal within the facility, and supports as requested; Provides crisis intervention in situations of a medical, psychiatric, and/or behavioral nature. Utilizing a high degree of independent judgement, promptly assesses situations and assumes control of the situation by initiating appropriate action to secure medical care, behavioral modification, or police assistance. Uses techniques from the prevention and management of disruptive behavior to verbally deescalate patients or take the appropriate precautions to reduce injury. Recognizes signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and can identify Veterans most at risk of an opioid overdose. Recognizes the signs of suicide risk and promptly takes action to intervene by providing emotional support, encouragement, and escorts Veterans to provider for further assessment. Connects Veterans to VA and community resources by advocating for the use of the Veteran's Crisis Line. Continuously educates Veterans and visitors on breaking the stigma of mental health. Performs health and welfare checks on Veterans within the facility on 2-hour rounds to ensure stability and engagement in programming. Work Schedule: Night shift, 11:30 p.m. - 08:00 a.m.; rotating weekends Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician/ PD41369A and PD41396A No incentives are authorized Financial Disclosure: Not required. Physical Requirements: Overall duties require occasional lifting, carrying 50+ lbs., sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, climbing ladders, kneeling, bending, stooping, twisting, pulling/pushing, simple grasping, and reaching above shoulder. Conditions may also include heat, cold, excess humidity, work with chemicals, dust, noise, driving a vehicle, fire manipulation. Flexibility, tact, initiative and critical thinking are needed to perform duties with residents with wide range of diagnostic categories.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.