This position is located in the Emergency Department of the Nursing Service at the Salt Lake City Department of Veterans Affairs. The incumbent of this position will assist Emergency Department Physicians with complex, specialized and potentially life threatening procedure such as defibrillation, cardioversions, insertion of chest drainage tubes, or initiation of mechanical ventilation to restore normal physiological function or prevent deterioration of patient's condition. This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until October 8, 2021. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be April 22, 2021, with subsequent cut-off dates each month. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. Duties include, but are not limited to: Assist with related technical health care procedures under the supervision of the Emergency Department Physicians. Performs ongoing patient care duties in the Emergency Department. Provides assessment and management of ambulatory patients seen in the Emergency Department. Obtains patient health history, chief complaints, medication history, and identification of health related conditions that may impact the patient's health. Evaluate patients for emergency medical conditions, order appropriate diagnostic studies and perform a wide range of treatment procedures under the direction of the supervising physician Intervenes based upon patient symptoms and established protocols/standards of care. Assists in behavioral/psychiatric situations to include crisis intervention, management of aggressive or suicidal psychiatric patients, and one-to-one observations. Assesses patient status and keeps physician informed of any change or need for additional treatment. Collects specimen, prepares and transfers to the lab for processing of blood, tissue, urine, stool and sputum. Monitors and obtains test results as soon as available and informs physicians promptly to facilitate patient care. Uses the Emergency Severity Index (ESI) triage tool to properly assess. If trained, may complete procedures such as ear irrigation, Venipuncture, IVs, Enemas and others as deemed competent by supervising physician. If trained, may complete Diagnostics such as EKG, Rapid Strep Swabs, Urine dip, Urine Pregnancy Test, visual acuity and others as deemed competent by supervising physician. If trained, may administer Oxygen, basic IV fluids and Meds as deemed competent by supervising physician. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Rotating shifts to include nights, weekends and holidays Position Description Title/PD#: Intermediate Care Technician/PD11811A Physical Requirements: The work involves extended periods of heavy moving and lifting of patients. Generally, the work requires recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, and positioning of patients.
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.