This Health Technician (Optometry) position is located at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. The purpose of this position is to perform a variety of specialized optometry procedures. These include, but are not limited to, obtaining visual acuity, eyeglass prescriptions, ophthalmic history and medication use, and eye pressure. Services are provided in an outpatient clinic setting. 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. BASIC REQUIREMENTS. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States (U.S.). Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with 38 U.S.C. § 7407(a). Experience and Education. (1) Experience. One year of experience as a health technician or assistant in the health care field demonstrating the applicant's ability to perform the work or by demonstrating a basic understanding of work in the health care field; OR (2) Education. Successful completion of two academic years above high school with a minimum of 12 semester hours related to health technician/assistant or health technician (optometry)/assistant or associate degree, or completion of an independent study course in an optometry related technician or assistant field; OR (3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. Examples are listed below: (a) Six months of experience comparable to the next lower level which demonstrates the knowledge of optometry assistant theory and practices and general understanding of the health technician/assistant duties and one year above high school with a minimum of six semester hours of health technician/assistant or health technician (optometry)/assistant related courses. (b) Successful completion of a course for health care technicians or assistants, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or hospital training in a program given by the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. Maritime Service, or the U.S. Public Health Service, may be substituted on a month-for-month basis. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-6. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. GS-7 Specialized Experience: Must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-6) in the Federal Service that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Health Technician. Specialized experience includes: Experience working with an Optometrist preparing patients for examinations. Measuring visual acuity and eye pressure, entrance testing and performing visual fields and digital photography. Possessing knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the eye and surrounding tissues, e.g., components of the eye, common eye diseases and their effects in optometry/ophthalmology. Performing maintenance on complex ophthalmic instruments and equipment, such as visual acuity projectors, direct and indirect ophthalmoscopes, retinoscopes, lensometers, perimeters, funduscopic camera and slit lamps. OR GS-7 Education: Must have successfully completed one full year of graduate education (18 semester hours or equivalent), or an internship in course matter with a major that included courses directly related to the work of the Health Technician position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. (Transcripts Required) OR GS-7 Combination of Specialized Experience and Education: Must have an equivalent combination of related graduate level education and specialized experience to meet the total experience requirement. (Transcripts Required) Physical Requirements: The position requires fine motor skills and dexterity necessary for working with ophthalmic equipment. The position requires the operation of several different devices under dim illumination for the examination of patients. These generally require that the operator sit opposite the patient, using one hand to support the eyelids in the static position while the body, head and other hand of the operator must be able to shift positions sometimes rapidly to obtain the optimal picture field. The operator's eye is employed in this arrangement and the combination of static position and adjusting movements can be stressful and tiring. There are extensive periods of regular and recurring standing, walking, sitting, bending, lifting, pushing and reaching. It requires pushing a patient in a wheelchair. Clinic duties require providing manual assistance in lifting and positioning patients, e.g., wheelchair-bound patients. Various equipment items and some heavy objects must be moved or relocated, e.g., visual field machine. It requires walking throughout the clinic environment to access fixing and printing equipment, etc. It requires frequent computer use. The individual must be able to work for sustained periods under pressure. The ability to be flexible in regards to patient needs is critical. ["Duties Include: Responsible for obtaining a patient's physical history to include chief complaint, pertinent signs/symptoms, past history (both ocular and general), family history (both ocular and general), social history and review of medications and allergies to include current eye medications. Performs spectacle data collection using a manual lensometer; including measurement of sphere, cylinder and axis by lensometry, whether single vision, progressive add, bifocal or trifocal; whether glass or plastic lenses; amount and base direction of prism power. Obtains visual acuity using Snellen acuity chart (with and without glasses). Assesses for anterior chamber depth, color vision, confrontation fields, pupil size, pupil reaction to light, and afferent papillary defect. Obtains refraction using automated refraction equipment. Performs intraocular pressure checks using applanation tomometry, or tonopen in appropriate situation. Instills diagnostic eye drops as ordered. Analyzes glasses using Lensometer. Performs Humphrey fields. Accurately records all results in CPRS. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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