This position is assigned to the Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), at the Dallas VA Medical Center under the Emergency Medicine Service. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-09 specialized 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. You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-8 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include: 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. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have two full years of graduate education or a master's degree meets the requirements for GS-9, if it is directly related to the work of the position. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience directly related to the work of the position and education beyond one full year of graduate education. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) 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 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. ["This is an open continuous announcement and will remain open until 6/26/2023. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available. The first cut-off date is April 3, 2023. Applications will expire after 90 days, and applicants must update their application through USAJobs for further consideration. A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. The 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: Tour of Duty will vary as the site is open 24 hours; Rotating shift. Nights and weekends and holidays. Mandatory overtime may be required pending staffing needs. Position Description Title/PD#: Paramedic - Recruitment/Relocation Incentive/10135A Physical Requirements: The Paramedic work involves extended periods of heavy moving and lifting of patients in a variety of situations. Generally, the work requires recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, and positioning of patients, frequently under adverse conditions or in confined areas. Paramedics may be required to spend prolonged periods in protective breathing apparatus and protective clothing during chemical, nuclear, biological, or hazardous materials incidents/exercises."]
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