The VA Alaska Health Care System is recruiting for highly motivated Intermediate Care Technicians (ICT) to join our teams in Anchorage, AK and Wasilla, AK. This position serves as an advance technician for outpatient care settings such as; primary care, mental health, and specialty clinics and performs ongoing patient care duties in an outpatient clinical setting.. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) Program is a program designed to hire former military corpsmen, combat medics and medical technicians into positions at VA Medical Centers as an integral part of the medical team. ICTs operate within clearly-defined clinical competencies. For more information, you can visit https://www.vacareers.va.gov/Careers/IntermediateCare. Patient Screening: Duties include performing observation-based screening and collecting patient information in collaboration with licensed personnel. This may involve completing clinical reminders, obtaining patient health history, chief complaints, medication history, and identification of health-related conditions that may impact the patient's health status. Mental Health Services: The incumbent assists in behavioral/psychiatric situations in an outpatient setting. This can include assisting licensed personnel with crisis intervention, management of aggressive or suicidal psychiatric patients, by providing one-to-one observations and applying prevention and management of disruptive behavior techniques (PMDB). The incumbent performs duties focused on communication techniques required to complete the questioners and templates approved for use in any outpatient clinical setting, including active listening, restating, and mirroring. The incumbent will maintain a safe and therapeutic environment for the patient while promoting a sense of worth and dignity under the supervision of the licensed personnel. Clinical Tasks: The incumbent assists outpatient licensed staff with the delivery of care to patients with complex, specialized, and potentially life-threatening situations. The incumbent assists licensed staff with preparing patients for medical evaluation, setting up equipment, passing instruments and providing treatment during in person or virtual visits. The incumbent operates specialized medical equipment to obtain diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes. The incumbent is responsible for collecting a wide range of specimens and preparing them for transfer to processing. Observes patient status and keeps licensed clinical staff informed of any change in condition. Medication Administration: Medication administration will comply with national and local directives and policies. Administration methods may include intramuscular, oral, topical, eye drops, ear drops, intranasal, rectal suppositories, local anesthetics, nebulized medications, subcutaneous, and intradermal. Follows national and local pharmacy and facility guidelines for disposal of medications. Clinical responsibilities include but are not limited to: Performing Diagnostic Tests. Examples: Vital Signs, 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) Point-of-Care. Examples: glucometer, COVID swabbing. Specimen collection and Preparation. Examples: collecting and labeling venous blood samples. Wound Care. Examples: bandaging, application of dressings and wound measurements. Medication Administration: nebulized medications, topical, limited PO meds, vaccine administration. Mental Health Care: Examples: Crisis intervention, performs behavioral/mental health screens. Treatments and Interventions: Examples: Cryotherapy, incision and drainage, ambulation, and Foley coude' catheter insertion. Suture and/or Staple Removal. Splinting and Casting. Patient education within scope of care or while providing an intervention. Electronic Health Record (EHR): Thoroughly and appropriately documents actions, interventions and procedures in the medical record. Examples: Procedural notes and progress notes. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0800-1630; Compressed Tour may be available. Position Description Title/PD#: Intermediate Care Technician/PD99968A Physical Requirements: The work involves extended periods of bending, standing and walking. Generally, the work requires recurring physical exertion with assisting patients. Working Conditions: On a regular and recurring basis, employee is exposed to infection, exposure to communicable diseases and contagious diseases. The assignment requires him/her to comply with special safety and health precautions by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) according to universal precautions. The following will be communicated to applicants for VA employment in a testing designated position and will also be included in all VA vacancy announcements for such positions: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drugs use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
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.