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Job Title: Orthotist
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Grand Island, NE
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/27/2017
Expire Date: 11/26/2017
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Job Description
Orthotist

The Orthotist position is in the Prosthetics & Sensory Aids Service. The primary purpose of the work of an Orthotist is to supply Veterans with off the shelf and custom bracing, orthotics, footwear and other clinically mandated necessary medical devices in the day to day operations of the Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Follows established regulations and procedures to insure patient privacy.
  • Independently performs patient's clinical assessments such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc. for patients with few comorbidities.
  • Involved in the development of prescription criteria for orthotic devices.
  • Fits, fabricates, adjusts, and repairs custom orthoses through various methods and materials and measures and fits patients for pre-fabricated devices.
  • Measures, casts and scans patient to develop positive molds for custom work and custom molded footwear.
  • Prepares the positive mold and performs scans, tracing, and impressions of body segments for lamination and/or metal, thermoplastics, thermosetting acrylic or epoxy resins, carbon, fiberglass and nylon.
  • Performs biomechanical/bench alignment, formation of metal components and bench fabrication for orthoses.
  • Follows all manufacture's specifications related to patient safety, lab safety and component safety.
  • Evaluates the final product as to the specifications, trim lines, contours, quality, pleasing cosmetic aesthetics and safety of the item.
  • Responsible for submitting, packing and shipping necessary items as related to work.
  • Performs appropriate documentation of workload, procedure coding, progress notes in electronic medical record, appointments and encounters.
  • Maintains current knowledge of new products, procedures, materials and techniques as related to their scope of practice.
  • Attends professional seminars and manufacturers' training seminars as related to their scope of practice.
  • Completes mandatory training per National, VISN and Local requirements.
  • Transforms materials such as leather, metal, plastics, and fabric using hand and power tools to fabricate orthotic and prosthetic appliances.
  • Fabricates negative molds using a variety of casting materials such as plaster of Paris, alginate, orthoplast, etc., in order to make positive molds which have exact anatomical landmarks, identifying pressure. points, bony prominences and other contours of the body parts. He/she maintains the knowledge and technical ability to modify positive molds by removal or addition of materials to accommodate pressure sensitive areas.
  • Instruct the patient in wearing and maintaining an orthotic/prosthetic device to maximize the benefit, functionality and the durability of the device.
  • Review medical files of veterans.
  • Interview veterans and inspect prosthetic equipment /appliances. Assists in device review for the clothing allowance program.
  • Assist in inspection and any recommendations of contractor prosthetic shop inspections.
  • Assist in implementing of JCAHO standards of care.
  • Assist in coordinating amputee clinics.
  • Assist in preparing correspondence to Veterans, health care officials; responds to a variety of correspondence.
  • Serve as technical advisor and subject matter expert.
  • Assist to ensure clinic recommendations and decisions are implemented.
  • Modifies shoes for specific disabilities using hand and power tools to promote ambulation with the least amount of discomfort and the greatest possible function.
  • Performs preventive and corrective maintenance on an shop equipment and tools to keep them in proper operating condition and to achieve the maximum life of the equipment and tools.
  • Understand and use proper medical, prosthetic and orthotic terminology when reading prescriptions and consulting with physicians.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Functional Statement Title/#: Orthotist GS-0667

***Relocation/recruitment incentive is authorized for highly qualified candidates.***

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in orthotics and prosthetics from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program or bachelor's degree or higher in any major along with a post-graduate orthotics or prosthetics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program.
  • Board certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) as an orthotist, prosthetist, or orthotist/prosthetist.

GS-11

Experience.Completion of1 year of experienceas an orthotist/prosthetistequivalentto the next lower grade that demonstrates possession of theknowledge, skills and abilities needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting.

Demonstrated Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities
1.Ability to attend clinics and participate as a fully participating member of the treatment team with considerable influence in the development of the treatment plan. This includes advanced knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.
2.Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications, and to design unique or innovative devices to accommodate those conditions.
3.Ability to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.

Assignments. This is considered to be the full performance level. The orthotist/prosthetist communicates and interacts with physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and caregivers in various interdisciplinary clinical settings, rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, vascular care, podiatry, oncology, etc., as a subject matter expert to develop the orthotic and/or prosthetic treatment plan. The work includes complex patient analyses in accordance with established procedures for patients with unusual conditions, multiple complex conditions, interrelated conditions, etc.; assessment of the patient for indications/contra-indications and discussion of the assessment with the physician/requesting provider for the purpose of developing the overall treatment plan with considerable influence in the development of that plan; consideration of new and emerging technologies in designing unique or innovative devices to accommodate or treat a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications. The orthotist/prosthetist at this level is expected to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.

References: VA Handbook 5005/91 Part II, Appendix G32, Orthotist/Prosthetist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:?, Work requires movement throughout the medical center, standing, bending, sitting, reaching and lifting up to 50 pounds. There exists prolonged periods of working at a computer terminal. Ability to retrieve equipment from a storage room is required. Climbing associated with stocking of equipment and other items in storage areas is necessary. Normal safety precautions are utilized as appropriate for office, hospital and warehouse settings. The work involves moderate discomfort when visiting sites away from the office. At times the employee may be required to wear personal protective equipment (i.e., mask and gown) when visiting work areas with other environmental exposures including the wheelchair repair shop or Orthotic Laboratory.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(VA Form 10-2850c)
*Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*OF-306
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). (Available at the VA Forms Website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search)

A Non-Award SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) is REQUIRED for all current and former Federal employees. The SF-50 must reflect the highest grade and step held in Federal Service.

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.


Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2013935.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in orthotics and prosthetics from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program or bachelor's degree or higher in any major along with a post-graduate orthotics or prosthetics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program.
  • Board certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) as an orthotist, prosthetist, or orthotist/prosthetist.

GS-11

Experience.Completion of1 year of experienceas an orthotist/prosthetistequivalentto the next lower grade that demonstrates possession of theknowledge, skills and abilities needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting.

Demonstrated Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities
1.Ability to attend clinics and participate as a fully participating member of the treatment team with considerable influence in the development of the treatment plan. This includes advanced knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.
2.Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications, and to design unique or innovative devices to accommodate those conditions.
3.Ability to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.

Assignments. This is considered to be the full performance level. The orthotist/prosthetist communicates and interacts with physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and caregivers in various interdisciplinary clinical settings, rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, vascular care, podiatry, oncology, etc., as a subject matter expert to develop the orthotic and/or prosthetic treatment plan. The work includes complex patient analyses in accordance with established procedures for patients with unusual conditions, multiple complex conditions, interrelated conditions, etc.; assessment of the patient for indications/contra-indications and discussion of the assessment with the physician/requesting provider for the purpose of developing the overall treatment plan with considerable influence in the development of that plan; consideration of new and emerging technologies in designing unique or innovative devices to accommodate or treat a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications. The orthotist/prosthetist at this level is expected to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.

References: VA Handbook 5005/91 Part II, Appendix G32, Orthotist/Prosthetist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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