Health Technician (Massage Therapy) Advanced Clinical Level
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Tomah, Wisconsin
Internal Number: 689226000
This position is located at the Tomah VAMC and is supervised by the Whole Health Clinical Director who provides clinical oversight. Current, permanent employees of the Tomah, WI VA Medical Center and its outreach facilities including CBOCs and VCS employees may also apply to announcement number TM-11729390-23-KR that will close on 12/5/2022 Basic Requirements: The basic requirements for employment as a Health Technician (Massage Therapy) are prescribed by Public Law 96-151 and codified in 38 U.S.C. § 7402. To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of Health Technician (Massage Therapy) in VHA must meet the following: English Language Proficiency Education: Candidates must complete a minimum 500-hour massage therapy education program. Transcripts or Student Record Required. Licensure, Registration, or Certification Requirement: Candidates must possess a current license, registration or hold certifications as described below. Copy of certification required Currently licensed registered or certified to practice as massage therapist in a state, territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Acceptable credentials must have required successful completion of minimum 500-hour massage therapy education program and pass the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Examination, or equivalent state-issued examination. Possess and maintain a board certification from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Grade Determination: In addition to the basic requirements above the following is the amount of experience required to be appointed to a Health Technician (Massage Therapy) Advanced Clinical Level at the GS-8 grade level. Experience: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must possess one year of progressive experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level which will be approximately 3 years of post-basic requirement experience in the occupation. Experience includes: Independently asses the physical and mental status of patients; takes complete patient history and perform a physical assessment; interprets relevant clinical information to identify each patient's specific needs, identifies indications/contraindications for massage, and develops the plan of care; performs massage therapy services with high level of complexity; evaluates patient responses to treatment and documents responses in an electronic environment; coordinates follow up massage therapy; serves as consultants to health care team in the evaluation and treatment of the patient; and assists with clinical supervision of massage therapy students. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate all the following KSAs. (1) Skill in providing advanced massage techniques using the appropriate tools, supplies, and equipment based on the needs of the patient. (2) Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology relevant to massage therapy within specialty population(s). (3) Ability to modify massage therapy techniques based on an understanding of specialty populations, and various clinical/environmental settings. (4) Knowledge of teaching methods and learning principles. (5) Ability to conduct research and quality improvement activities, related to massage therapy. (6) Knowledge of complementary integrative health, ad holistic health principles. References: VA Handbook 5005/108, Part II, Appendix G56, Health Technician (Massage Therapy) Qualification Standards effective 3/12/2019. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Service. ["The Health Technician (Massage Therapy) provides a full range of complex treatment procedures and modalities, which may include reflexology, injury rehabilitation, lymphatic drainage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, and/or craniosacral work; provides massage therapy services for specialty areas, such as pain management, poly-trauma, surgery, traumatic brain injury, palliative care, neurology, orthopedics, geriatrics, cardiology, pulmonary, rheumatology, spinal cord injury, mental health and oncology. Duties include: -Provides individualized massage therapy treatment utilizing standard patient evaluation procedures to formulate a treatment plan. -Incorporates various massage therapy and bodywork techniques. -Provides advanced massage therapy services of greater complexity applied to specialty populations in various clinical/environmental settings. -Provides massage therapy instruction for self-care to patient and family as determined appropriate. -Educates patients on healthy lifestyle including hydration, basic nutrition, stretching, exercise, mind-body techniques, sleep habits, stress management and other matters related to massage therapy care. -Documents and codes information related to patient care in the electronic health care record. -Identifies, collects and analyzes aggregate patient care information to ensure safety and quality of care. -Participates in research and quality improvement activities related to massage therapy. -Reviews patient referrals to screen for appropriateness of care and direct Veterans to other services when necessary. -Performs additional duties as assigned. Creditable Experience: To be creditable, the candidate's experience must be evidenced by active professional practice, paid/non-paid employment in the practice of massage therapy, using knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics referred to as core competencies associated with the scope of massage therapy practice. Work Schedule: Part Time - 20 hours per week, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:00am-4:30pm. Work schedule will be discussed at interview. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.