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Health Technician

Job Details

Post Name Health Technician
Qualification Any Graduate
Industry Government
Employment Type Full Time
Work Hours 8 Hours
Salary USD 44760 To USD 58188 Per Year
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States 60612


This position is located in Nursing Service and is organizationally aligned under the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL. (537) – a Level 1b Complexity VHA Facility. The position functions as a non-licensed member of the nursing care team providing continuous observation of telemetry monitoring electrocardiographic (EKG) rhythms of patients.


This position provides clinical, administrative, technical, and direct patient care support. In this capacity, the incumbent must be skillful and flexible in establishing goals and setting priorities due to the fluctuating needs of the clinical staff. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Safely and correctly performs venous puncture to obtain a blood specimen from the patient after clearly explaining the procedure to the patient in a manner appropriate to the patient;
  • Safely and correctly places an intravenous catheter into a peripheral vein after clearly explaining the procedure to the patient in a manner appropriate to that specific patient;
  • Attaches a patient to an EKG machine and performs a twelve-lead EKG reading. Retrieves old EKGs using the MAC VU System;
  • At the direction of the RN, correctly applies a nasal cannula to deliver oxygen, a venturi mask, and an oxygen mask;
  • Takes vital signs and notifies the physician or nurse if any are abnormal;
  • Performs pulse oximetry;
  • Safely escorts patients to critical care areas;
  • Competently assesses oxygen tanks at the beginning of each shift for oxygen availability;
  • Delivers vital specimens to appropriate laboratories in the absence of another person so designated for this function;
  • Identifies a patient in acute distress and rapidly notifies the appropriate licensed practitioner;
  • Assists in the application of various types of restraint devices;
  • Cleans and returns equipment to the appropriate location and reports needs for equipment repair to the appropriate person;

Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday – Friday, 7:30 pm – 8:00 am, 11:30 pm – 8:00 am, alternating weekends (compressed schedule)

Physical Requirements: 

The work involves periods of prolonged extensive or considerable standing/walking or sitting. Lifts. positions push. and/or transfers patients. Lifts supplies/equipment. Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling. and crouching.

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Work Environment: The work environment involves regular and recurring exposure to infections and contagious diseases, as well as working with infectious substances, irritant reagents, and potentially. emotionally disturbed patients.

The incumbent is required to follow infection control policies relating to the use of standard precautions and posted isolation practices. The policies may require the wearing of requiring special Personal Protective Equipment with occasional exposure to peroxyacetic acid, exposure to x-rays, and exposure to blood and body fluids which are often infectious.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • May serve a probationary period
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


  • GS-06 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the federal service); an experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, abilities (KSA’s), and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position.
  • And that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Specialized experience includes:

  • SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-6: Must possess at least (1) one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5) that required the application of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position.
  • Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to providing direct patient care;
  • providing assistance while observing for signs of potential complications in patients; Examples of specialized experience include (but are not limited to):
  • The skill of Monitoring EKGs of patients on telemetry at the Central Station site;
  • identifying arrhythmias and changes in EIG rhythms; trouble-shoots machines, checking electrode attachments, contacting medical personnel, and calling codes;
  • verifying alarm setting and performing alarm parameter adjustments with RN;
  • documents EKG changes in the patient’s heart rhythm/rate in the medical record;
  • provides a telemetry monitor, identifies proper lead placement and attaches electrodes. and providing general clerical/administrative support coordination work in a medical unit.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-06 level.

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; religious; 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.

Additional information

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 drug use prior to the appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.

To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

Receiving Service Credit for 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 employees 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.

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