This position serves as a Clinical Dietetic Technician in the Women's Health section of the VA Medical Center in Kapolei, HI and, as an Interdisciplinary Care Team member, is responsible for providing a high-level of technical assistance and support to the Clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in providing all steps of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Process. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/16/2024. 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-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. 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. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. 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. Basic Education Requirement: To meet the basic education requirement, all applicants must have successfully completed a course of study in an accredited college leading to an associate's degree in Dietetic Technology with an emphasis in Nutrition Care or the equivalent post-secondary education. Education must have included instruction in nutrition care/diet therapy, the natural sciences (e.g. anatomy, physiology, biochemistry), social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology), food sciences, medical terminology, communications, and education. In addition, education must have included supervised field experience in a hospital or similar clinical setting. Note: Copies of pertinent transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application. Education will not be credited without documentation. Minimum Qualification Requirement: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement, you must also meet the following: Specialized Experience: You must possess at least one (1) year of progressively responsible specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 in the field of clinical dietetic technology in which you have demonstrated successful use on the following knowledges, skills, abilities and other characteristics: 1) Knowledge of human nutrition requirements in health and disease; 2) Ability to gather data from the medical record and document information pertinent to nutritional care; 3) Ability to monitor and influence the patient's nutritional intake; 4) Ability to provide nutrition education for selected groups of patients; 5) Skill in patient interviewing and nutrition counseling; 6) Ability to interact and communicate orally with people from a variety of backgrounds; and 7) Ability to function effectively in a support position within a Clinical Dietetic section of a general medical and surgical and/or psychiatric hospital. Qualifying Specialized Experience includes: Developing and revising nutrition care plans; Interpreting significance of abnormal laboratory values related to nutritional status; Performing nutrition screening, assessing meal intakes and adjusting meal plans as appropriate; Providing nutrition education; Communicating with patients and other health care team members regarding patients' nutritional needs; Using nutrition technology applications; and Assessing the effectiveness of nutrition care plans, documenting care plans using the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) guidelines. Competencies for this position: Clinical Data Collection/Documentation Communications Food Service Patient Care Technical Competence 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work requires waling, standing, bending, carrying of light items, such as meal trays, instruction material, book and manuals. Some of the work is sedentary, such as computer activities. Computer entry of electronic progress notes, entailing multiple episodes of keyboard strokes is a daily responsibility. It may be necessary to push electronic equipment and arrange classroom areas in preparation of classes. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["As a Clinical Dietetic Technician, you will: Collaboratively work with the Clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Obtain, verify, and interpret data needed to identify nutrition-related problems, their causes, and their significance Use data obtained from the nutrition assessment to identify the chief nutrition problem, its etiology, and the signs and symptoms to support the diagnosis Develop and implement the clinical nutrition care plan to address and manage the nutrition diagnosis Communicate, monitor, and document (in the medical record) the response to nutrition therapy in accordance with regulatory standards Perform other related duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30am - 4pm ** Possible Saturday Rotation Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Clinical Dietetic Technician/PD99792S Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Critical Skills Incentive (CSI): Not Approved Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. At VA Long Beach Healthcare System, our health care teams are deeply experienced and guided by the needs of Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our medical center provides primary care and specialty health services, including cardiology, mental health care, treatment for spinal cord injuries and disorders, suicide prevention, women’s health services, and more.