This position is assigned to the Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Veterans Transportation Services (VTS), Ambulance Service, in various VA Medical Center (VAMC) locations with an emergency room, acute care or urgent care clinic, or other similar departments performing basic and advanced life support procedures. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-09 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-08 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: responds to on-site accidents and other emergencies involving injury and illnesses, makes an independent preliminary assessment of the patient's condition and selects from a variety of prescribed protocols, administers basic and advanced life support care at emergency scene in accordance with established medical standards, which may include providing advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), international trauma life support (ITLS), PALS, PEPP, advanced airway management, CPR, and/or drug treatments, Operates or utilizes various emergency vehicles and emergency/medical equipment, tools and supplies which may include ambulance, extrication tools, blood pressure cuff, cardiac monitor, glucose monitor, defibrillator, endotracheal tube, external pacing device, 12 lead EKG airway equipment, intravenous pump, laryngoscope, oxygen terminal, pulse oximetry monitor, CPAP, auto-ventilator, pediatric equipment, medical supplies, radio communications equipment, and general office equipment, operates the emergency transport vehicle and uses telephone and radio communications equipment and systems. Certifications: 1. Must possess Basic Life Support Provider certification : copy of certification must be provided 2. Must possess National Registered Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic) certification: copy of certification must be provided 3. Must possess Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification: copy of certification must be provided There is no educational substitution for the GS-09 level. 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. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over, Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over, Pushing (1-3 hours) Reaching above shoulder Use of fingers, Walking (1-3 hours), Standing ( 1-3hours) Crawling (1 hour) Kneeling (1-3hours), Repeated bending Climbing, use of legs and arms, Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously Depth perception, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Ability to distinguish shades of colors Hearing (aid may be permitted), Hand motor skill functions, Environmental Factors: Outside Outside and inside, Excessive heat Excessive cold Excessive humidity Excessive dampness or chilling Dry atmospheric conditions Slippery or uneven walking surfaces Working around moving objects or vehicles Working alone ["A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual.\nThe Paramedic responds to on-site accidents and other emergencies involving injury and illnesses, sometimes encountering situations which may be life threatening. You will determine and prioritize appropriate medical treatment/procedures and need for additional assistance. You will perform patient triage and take/records patient's vital signs as needed, and perform physical examinations and obtain patient history, assesses status of patient's neurological system, cardiovascular system, circulatory system, skeletal system, orthopedic system, motor and sensory skills, and level of consciousness. You will determine, with due regard to the patient's condition, if and how the patient can be moved and to which medical facility the patient should be transported. You will prioritize treatments for patients having multiple problems and employ a variety of advanced emergency medicine techniques, methods, and equipment during transport to the appropriate medical facility. You will administer basic and advanced life support care at emergency scene in accordance with established medical standards, which may include providing advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), international trauma life support (ITLS), PALS, PEPP, advanced airway management, CPR, and/or drug treatments. Perform invasive and non-invasive procedures on patients with life threatening and non-life-threatening conditions per established procedures or as authorized/directed by physicians. Respond to cardiac and respiratory emergencies, performs cardiac monitoring and defibrillation; maintains circulation controls bleeding and provides spinal management and immobilization. Provide fluid resuscitation by IV and manage trauma injuries, bleeding, and post-traumatic shock. Operate or utilize various emergency vehicles and emergency/medical equipment, tools and supplies which may include ambulance, extrication tools, blood pressure cuff, cardiac monitor, glucose monitor, defibrillator, endotracheal tube, external pacing device, 12 lead EKG airway equipment, intravenous pump, laryngoscope, oxygen terminal, pulse oximetry monitor, CPAP, auto-ventilator, pediatric equipment, medical supplies, radio communications equipment, and general office equipment. Select the most efficient route to and from sites, taking into consideration traffic patterns, health facility locations, etc. Perform thorough safety and operator maintenance inspections and makes minor repairs on a variety of emergency ambulances, patient transport vehicles, and medical equipment. Ensures that the vehicles are kept clean and neat. Responsible for taking patients to and from medical areas, and coordinates, with the patient and unit, the time of departure. Assist in lifting and carrying patients into or out of transport vehicles and into treatment facility. Utilizes various tools and equipment to transport patients, such as Henley backboards, EKG monitor and defibrillator, and mechanical CPR device, etc. Paramedics will perform other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Rotating shift. Nights and weekends\nPosition Description Title/PD#: Paramedic Recruitment/Relocation Incentive/ S10135-A\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual."]
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.