The Healthcare Technician position is located at the Lebanon VA Medical Center, RTTP Unit. The incumbent serves a Health Technician (HT) with the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP). The HT provides extended care to ambulatory Veterans with complex medical, psychiatric, substance use and homeless problems. The Health Technicians provide seven days a week coverage of the facility on a rotational basis. Develops and maintains a therapeutic professional helping relationship with Veterans admitted to the RRTP. Provides orientation to new residents by explaining RR TP policies/procedures, explanation of the structure, rules and goals of the RR TP, to assure that residents are informed and can benefit from program involvement. Identifies and/ or resolves residents' problems or makes appropriate referral to clinical or administrative staff. Makes self accessible to residents and serves as a role model for appropriate behavior. Contributes to treatment team decision concerning the therapeutic progress of residents. Responsible for reinforcing, setting limits, or counseling residents in accordance with established treatment plan and program guidelines. Leads and facilitates educational classes and support groups for residents to increase their knowledge, enhance their coping skills, and prepare residents for return to independent living. Collects urine specimen for laboratory analysis and conducts random breathalyzer tests on residents returning from off-station trips, passes and when use of substance is suspected. Documents same in medical record. Documents in clinical record the resident's progress towards treatment goals, identified treatment issues and recommendations, educational and group sessions, treatment plan reviews, and any unusual resident behavior or incidents. Performs vital signs and glucometer checks and notifies nursing or medical staff of needed intervention. Supervises residents in general housekeeping tasks of the RR TP and inspects residents' s living areas to maintain clean, safe and healthful environment. May be required to transport residents, in government vehicle, to appropriate medical facilities during emergency situations. Provides direction during fire drills and/or disaster situations. Instructs residents in appropriate procedures. Conducts resident face-to-face checks in accordance with policy. Coordinates with back-up staff to ensure urgent tasks are accomplished in case of absence. Provides coverage needs resulting from planned and unplanned staff absences. Work Schedule: Night Shift (0000-0800am) including Weekend and Holiday Rotation Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Health Technician/PD05093A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.