US Department of Veterans Affairs Careers 2020 - US Department of Veterans Affairs offer a chance to apply Health Tech (Ophthalmology) COVID that will be placed in Eugene.
Health technician for the staff Ophthalmologist(s)/Optometrist(s) within at the Eugene and Roseburg VA facilities, performing a variety of health care and administrative duties that are directly related to the position. The position performs a range of standard, but complex, diagnostic ophthalmic procedures, assists during clinic-based surgical procedures, educates patients, calibrates instruments, and performs ordering, dispensing, adjusting and repair of ophthalmic lenses and eyewear.
Collaborates and assists members of the health care team in data collection, visual screening, and general care for patients. Information is used for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating patient condition and care.
Independently conducts initial interview with patients to gather medical history and information on visual complaints, past eye injuries, and family history of eye diseases. During the initial interview, identifies possible unconventional problem areas that may be affecting the patient's overall well-being. Obtains and records patient data to include the case history, medical conditions and medications currently prescribed, allergies, and date of last exam. Queries patient regarding new symptoms and or chief complaints and documents findings. I
Independently orients patient and sets up equipment in preparation of routine tests. Obtains reason for visit; pertinent signs and symptoms; past ocular and general medical history; family history both ocular and general; social history; and review of medications and allergies, including current ocular prescription and non-prescription medications. Accurately tests visual acuity at distance and near, with and without correction and/or with and without a pinhole. Measures eyeglass prescription using manual or automated lensometer, recording sphere, cylinder, axis, and prism in both plus and minus cylinder.
Measures and records the range of accommodative power; performs refractometry with an objective automated refractometer; performs contrast sensitivity testing to augment visual acuity assessment. Measures refractive error and corneal curvature using automated instrumentation. Performs testing of visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, color vision, ETDRS acuity, stereo acuity testing, glare sensitivity, and pupillometry. Performs glare testing for diminution in visual acuity for cataract patients.
Performs pupil evaluation recording pupil size, shape, symmetry, reaction to light and accommodation. Performs swinging flashlight test to detect a relative afferent pupillary defect. Performs basic refractometry and preliminary manifest refractions utilizing an auto refraction or habitual glass prescription in the phoropter. Instills eye medications (drops or ointments, including anesthetic, dye, dilating drops, cycloplegic drops, or antibiotics). Measures intraocular pressure with standard techniques, including Goldmann applanation tonometry.
Performs pachymetry to determine corneal thickness and manual keratometry or automated topography to determine corneal curvature. Performs intra-ocular lens calculations using an IOL Master or equivalent device. Performs automated visual field testing using various perimetry machines. Performs external photographs and fundus photography. Performs optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the anterior segment, retina and optic nerve. Performs patient screening and triage of potentially urgent ocular conditions.
Assists during clinic-based ophthalmic surgery, including revision of wounds, biopsies of the eyelid lesions, cultures of conjunctiva, or cornea; reformation of anterior chamber, evacuation of hyphema, repositioning of corneal endothelial grafts, intra-vitreous injections, and laser surgical procedures. Educates patients in eye care, including preoperative and postoperative instructions.
Ensures proper cleaning and disinfection; calibration, maintenance, backup, annual inventory and ordering of instruments, supplies and equipment; obtains quotes as needed; and reports needed repairs to biomedical engineering.
Selects proper instruments for specific procedure to be performed. Arranges instruments, supplies, and equipment in order and checks equipment for proper operation. Maintains sterile environment during procedure. Administers drops, ointments, and oral medications and observes patient for possible contraindications. Places patch or bandages as directed. Cleans and sterilizes instruments and sets up appropriately. Prepares smears, scrapings, and specimens of the eye for microbiological study. Assists physician with studies assuring complete documentation.
Documents data collected in patient encounters in the medical record. Receives telephone request for appointments and appointment changes.
Documents the patient's testing results and data into CPRS (or similar automated patient medical record system) for co-signature by a staff optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Maintains adequate supplies and pharmaceuticals used in the department. Responsible to report equipment malfunctions for repair to biomed and or to their immediate supervisor.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
50% or lessYou may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0640 Health Aid And Technician
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
Technicians, Ophthalmic Medical
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must have valid Drivers License due to travel requirements
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.
Screenout: Must be COA certified
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Experience. One year of experience in a health care field, such as but not limited to nursing, medical assistant, or health technician.
Education. Two years above high school with a minimum of six semester hours directly related to a health care field or associate's degree in a health care related degree.
Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. Examples are listed below:
Six months of experience in the health care field; and one year above high school; or
Six months of experience in the health care field and successful completion of a course for health care technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or ophthalmology technicians given by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
Six months of experience in the health care field and completion of an independent study course in Ophthalmic Medical Assisting.
Certification: All applicants must be certified as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). The COA certification is JCAHPO's entry-level certification examination for a Health Technician (Ophthalmology).
English Language Proficiency: Health Technicians (Ophthalmology) must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 38 U.S.C. 7407(d).
Creditable Experience Knowledge of Current Health Technician (Ophthalmology) Practice. To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with a health care field or knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the current occupation. Experience satisfying this requirement may be paid or non-paid employment in the health care field.
Quality of Experience. Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to Health Technician (Ophthalmology) experience at the next lower grade level of the position being filled. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.
Part-time Experience. Part time experience as a Health Technician (Ophthalmology) is creditable according to its relationship to the full time work week. For example, a Health Technician (Ophthalmology) employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive one full-time work week credit for each two weeks of service.
Grade Determinations: Health Technician (Ophthalmology), GS-8 (Full Performance Level) Experience. One year of experience at or equivalent to the GS-7 grade level.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
Ability to perform advanced tonometry and pupil evaluation;
Ability to perform calculations for selection of intraocular lens;
Knowledge of clinic based ophthalmic surgical assisting;
Knowledge of eye anatomy and physiology;
Knowledge of medication effects and proper instillation in the eye;
Knowledge of optics; and
Knowledge of proper cleaning and maintenance of clinic equipment.
References: VA Handbook 5005/98, Part II, Appendix G52The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8.
The primary purpose is to serve as health technician and administrative assistant for the staff Ophthalmologist(s)/Optometrist(s) within Medical-Surgical Service at the Eugene and Roseburg VA facilities, performing a variety of health care and administrative duties that are directly related to the position. The position performs a range of standard, but complex, diagnostic ophthalmic procedures, assists during clinic-based surgical procedures, educates patients, calibrates instruments, and performs ordering, dispensing, adjusting and repair of ophthalmic lenses and eyewear. The health technician collaborates and assists members of the health care team in data collection, visual screening, and general care for patients while independently conducting initial interviews with patients to gather medical history and information on visual complaints, past eye injuries, and family history of eye diseases.
This position involves a lot of walking and standing, 4-5 hours, at times. Primarily the position is sedentary with 6 or more hours working on a computer. Depth perception, vision (correctable), and the ability to distinguish colors and shades of colors is important to the duties.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
DD-214/ Statement of Service
Disability Letter (Schedule A)
Disability Letter (VA)
VA Application 10-2850
Separation Notice (RIF)
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
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