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Lead Health Aid - Albuquerque, NM #7724407

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs

Date: 11/22/2020

City: Albuquerque, NM

Employment type: Full-time

  • Duties




The position is responsible for delivering a broad array of health care services throughout the VAMC, and its various locations that provide in-patient care, such as but not limited to living centers. The Health Aid is responsible for performing selected patient/resident related transports to different areas such as, x-rays, CT Scan, MRI, Prosthetics, Sonography and other related areas. The incumbent is expected to develop and demonstrate increasing skills in performing a variety of tasks.

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Major Duties include, but are not limited to:

Lead Duties:

  • Distribute and balances the workload among employees and assures timely accomplishment of the assigned workload.
  • Estimates and reports on expected time of completion of work and maintains records of work accomplishments and time expended and prepares productivity reports as requested.
  • Instructs employees in specific tasks and job techniques, develops SOP's and makes available written instructions, reference materials and supplies
  • Provides on-the-job training to new employees in accordance with established procedures.
  • Monitors working conditions such as seating, ventilation, lighting, safety, etc.
  • Resolves simple, informal complaints of employees and refers others to supervisor.
  • Reports to supervisor on performance, progress, and training needs of employees and behavior problems.
  • Provides information to supervisor as requested concerning promotions, reassignments, recognition of outstanding performance and personnel needs.

In-Patient Centered Care

  • Follows proper hand hygiene, universal precautions and general infections control principles.
  • Provides a range of personal care needs such as bathing, toileting, hair and nail care, and dressing in personal clothing while maintaining privacy and dignity of inpatient/resident.
  • Assists as needed with eating, drinking, positioning/turning, ambulating, transferring, and escorting inpatients/residents.
  • Maintains general cleanliness of the inpatient/resident's environment including emptying and cleaning urinals, bed pans, GU bags and suction bottles, and disposing of dirty linen and disposable briefs.
  • Provides clinical support including recording vital signs and reporting deviations to the RN.
  • Promotes skin healing by applying sterile dressings as per facility policy, wound irrigations/packing, ostomy/gastrostomy care.
  • Monitors flow of oxygen, replaces empty tanks, and fills personal use portable oxygen.
  • Escorts inpatients/residents to recreation therapy programs as needed.
  • Educates and assists with various routine procedures; educates and assists as needed with set-up and purpose of treatment supported by auxiliary equipment (such as oxygen, suction); educates/assists in various procedures covering information previously supplied by the provider or nurse.
  • Reports and removes safety hazards; utilizes correct moving and transferring techniques according to Safe Patient Handling and appropriate body mechanics.
  • Monitors appetites and food intake of inpatients/residents and obtains/records weights as needed.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM (can possibly change based on needs of the facility)

Position Description Title/PD#: Lead Health Aid/PDCV19 - 99854A and PDCV19 - 99854A

Physical Requirements: Duties require extensive periods of standing and walking. Working with residents requires regular and recurring bending, lifting (not to exceed 35 pounds), reaching, carrying, stooping, stretching and similar activities.

Work Environment: Care duties are performed in an inpatient/resident-centered environment requiring normal safety precautions. Due to the essential functions of the job, the employee may be exposed to infectious waste, disease, odors, and other situations associated with health care, including but not limited to, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, MRSA, and VRE. Universal precautions are followed at all times. While if completing kitchen responsibilities may be exposed to temperatures of refrigerators/freezers and ovens as well as wet floors.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0640 Health Aid And Technician

  • Requirements



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
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

GS-04 grade level: 6 months of general experience (defined as: (l) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.); AND 6 months of specialized experience (defined as: experience that includes support duties to medical or health personnel).


Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-04 level. Applicants must have 2 years of education that include 12 semester hours in subjects related to the position. (Transcripts MUST be uploaded if using education to qualify. Failure to do so will result in an 'Ineligible'.)


Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-04 level.

Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. For GS-4 level positions, determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the 1 year of experience required for GS-4; then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the 2 year of education that meets the requirements for GS-4. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-4.

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.


If you are using education to qualify, you MUST upload a copy of your transcripts that shows the courses taken and semester/quarter hours received. Failure to do so will result in an 'Ineligible' rating.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here:

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

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