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The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for one (1) Occupational Therapist (OT), assigned to the Home Based Primary Care Service (HBPC) at the Yuma Community Based Outreach Clinic located in Yuma, Arizona.
The occupational therapist provides home evaluations to include the following conditions: poly-trauma patients with traumatic brain injury, CVA, spinal cord injury, amputations, cardiopulmonary, circulatory and orthopedic disorders, neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction, diabetes mellitus and its related complications, autoimmune disorders, mental illness, and cognitive impairment including dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Incumbent completes a home safety environmental assessment, Functional Independence Measure (FIM), Berg Balance Scale (BERG) and other measurement scales to determine appropriate DME, implement therapeutic interventions, and make appropriate referrals to improve the patient's functional abilities. Duties include but not limited to:
Plan, revise and implement treatment programs based upon initial and interim evaluations, including the patient and family in the process.
Utilize principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional deficits.
Interpret evaluation findings to develop and coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods to achieve stated goals.
Monitor's the patient's response to interventions and modifies treatment plan and reevaluates as indicated.
Assist the veteran in pursuing home modifications, including referral to community resources for adaptations such as remodeling, improved home access, or environmental control units..
Participate in HBPC staff meetings, as well as other Medical Center meetings as deemed appropriate by supervisor.
Maintain patient records, statistics, etc. required by and for the section/service/center.
Maintain courteous, effective communication with all medical center staff, patients and families.
Communicates and collaborates with the patients, family members, caregivers, interdisciplinary professionals or other individuals verbally and in writing.
Maintain appropriate and timely documentation in the medical records.
Provides information to the HBPC interdisciplinary team regarding the outcome of patient treatment, status and goals.
Provide appropriate devices for activities of daily living and upper extremity support.
Apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance.
Work Schedule: Monday
Friday 8:00 am
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English: Proficient in spoken and written English. Note: To be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., Chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in Veterans Health Administration (VHA), applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.
Education: graduated from a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or predecessor organizations to include an internship (supervised fieldwork experience required
by the educational institution). The ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Certification: Possess written documentation that you passed the entry-level Certification Examination for Occupational Therapist, which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
Licensure: Possess a full, current, and unrestricted state license, certification, or registration or trademark to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory, a Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia and understand that I must maintain full, current and unrestricted license, trademark, registration, or certification as required by state statute. Grade Determinations:
GS11: In addition to meeting the basic requirements; You must have completed one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS09 grade level in the Federal service performing assessments and treatment interventions for a wider range of human functioning systems. or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or directly related field.
References: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G14, Occupation Therapist Qualification Standard GS-0631
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 11.
Heavy lifting, (45 pounds and over); Pushing (Intermittent); Reaching above shoulder; Use of Fingers; Standing (intermittent); Kneeling (Intermittent); Repeated bending (Intermittent); Both legs required; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in other; Hearing aid permitted; Emotional and Mental Stability.
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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c AND Certifications
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The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
VA Form 10-2850c AND Certifications
VA Disability Letter
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You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .
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