Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Escort in Iowa City, Iowa
Summary The main purpose of this position is to serve as a Patient Escort under the screening and escort section of the Environmental Management Service at the Iowa City VA Medical Center. The incumbent is responsible for performing daily COVID-19 screening of patients, staff, and visitors as well as escorting and/or transporting patients to the appropriate locations for tests, procedures, and other destinations. Responsibilities Major duties include, but are not limited to: Ensure all persons entering the Iowa City VA Medical Center are properly screened for COVID-19 in accordance with established guidelines. Transport patients and their personal effects to the correct location for procedures, tests, and other destinations, notifying nursing or ancillary personnel upon arrival or departure. Reports immediately any unusual symptoms of patients i.e., fainting or shortness of breath during time of transport. Follow required hand-off communication procedures to ensure proper patient identification. Provide transport equipment as requested or as needed, taking into consideration various factors as the patient's medical state, the urgency of the request, the route to be taken, or the locations involved. Assist patients in and out of vehicles upon arrival/departure. Assist nursing team in transferring patients to or from transport equipment if needed. Attend to the care of documents relating to the patient. Prepare and maintain records of work volume. Perform clerical tasks related to the scheduling and processing necessary to complete all escort activities. Keep up to date knowledge of room and/or clinic changes. Coordinate with volunteers assigned to patient escort, using judgment in distributing assignments. Make adjustments to planned schedules in order to meet changing deadlines and/or priorities set by nursing staff. Run various errands related to patient care as needed including picking up and delivering specimens, paperwork, pharmacy items, records, supplies, equipment, patient clothing, etc. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: Full-time and part-time work schedules are available with a minimum work requirement of 16 hours per week. Tour of duty beginning and end times vary between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (i.e., first shift), Sunday through Saturday. Availability and schedule preferences will be discussed during the interview process. Premium Pay: Full-time employees are entitled to additional compensation (i.e., Premium Pay) for Sunday work performed during a regularly scheduled tour of duty, at a rate of 25 percent of his or her hourly rate of basic pay. Part-time employees are not entitled to additional compensation for Sunday work. Position Description Title/PD#: Escort/50473-ACV19 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards. SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement will be referred without ranking per 5 CFR part 302. Veterans have absolute preference. The selecting official will select for appointment to each vacancy from the highest available preference category, as long as at least three candidates remain in that group. When fewer than three candidates remain in the highest category, consideration may be expanded to include the next category. When, in making an appointment, the selecting official passes over a preference eligible, the agency shall follow the procedures in 5 U.S.C. 3318(c) and 3319(c). 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: The work of this position will require extended periods of sitting, standing, and walking up to 8 hours per day, and will require the incumbent to exert moderately heavy physical effort in doing such tasks as occasionally lifting and carrying heavy objects. The incumbent will be required to climb and descend stairs, push and pull wheelchairs and other patient care related equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. The incumbent must be able to lift and carry equipment and miscellaneous objects weighing up to 20 pounds. Work in in a medical center setting and involves possible exposure to contagious disease which may require protective equipment and precautions. The incumbent will be required to work both indoors and out, and will be exposed to elements typical of the regional climate including temperatures ranging from sub-zero to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and weather conditions including rain, high winds, snow, and ice. Education Additional Information 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. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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. Financial disclosure not required. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.