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This position is located in Audiology Service at the Danville VAMC in Danville, Illinois and associated CBOCs. The duties and responsibilities are to be carried out in all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the Audiology service. The health technician supports the function of the clinical programs in Audiology. To qualify for the position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 1. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States (U.S.). Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with 38 U.S.C. § 7407(a). 2. Experience and Education. (a) Experience. Six (6) months of creditable experience in a health care industry comparable to the next lower level (GS-3) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities related to the duties of the Health Technician Audiology -OR- (b) Education. Successful completion of two academic years above high school leading to an associate degree or a bachelor's degree with at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the health care industry. Transcripts Required. -OR- (c) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of creditable experience and education which are qualifying for meeting the basic requirements. An example of a combination of experience/education is three months of experience comparable to the next lower level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled and one year above high school with a minimum of 6 semester hours related to the health care industry. Transcripts Required. GRADE DETERMINATIONS. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met for grade determination: GS-06: (1) Experience. Completion of one year of progressive experience and/or experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled. AND (2) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: KSA 1 - Knowledge of normal and abnormal ear anatomy. KSA 2 - Knowledge of hearing physiology and function to educate patients and families. KSA 3 - Knowledge of hearing aids, hearing assistive technology, hearing aid manufacturers and manufacturer software. KSA 4 - Ability to solve problems or make decisions regarding hearing aid, hearing assistive technology and patient care, consistent with the documented and co-signed plan of care under the supervision of an audiologist.\ KSA 5 - Ability to prepare patients for testing procedures. KSA 6 - Ability to document and code patient procedures. References: VA Handbook 5005/143; PART II; APPENDIX G70; dated May 13, 2021 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary but also requires some standing, walking, bending, lifting and carrying of light items. The work requires above average dexterity to manipulate small hearing aid parts. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. ["Primary responsibility is for patient care, supporting diagnostic and treatment procedures, patient charting and patient education, which do not require a full professional audiology education or knowledge and skills represented by audiology licensure. As a Staff Health Technician in Audiology the incumbent carries out both direct patient care and administrative duties. Direct Patient Care and Administrative duties may include but are not limited to: Greeting and escorting patients. Instructing/counseling on hearing loss, hearing aids or other assistive listening devices, individually or group setting. Conducts interview of patients being seen for audiometric assessment. Complete histories and surveys. Non-diagnostic otoscopy. Earmold impressions. Troubleshooting hearing aids and repairing devices. Receives and screens calls. Medical record documentation. Managing office supplies. Purchase card holder. Tracking loaner stock hearing aids. Certifying and issuing hearing aids, entering orders and repairs. Research Determine and responding to inquires. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30 pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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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.