This position is located at the Tomah, Wisconsin VA Medical Center 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-11803502-23-KR that will close on 2/7/2023. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: The following are the basic requirements and qualifications for this position at the entry level at the GS-5 grade. Citizenship: Candidates must be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3.g.). English Language Proficiency: Health Technicians (Massage Therapy) must be proficient in spoken and written English. 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 Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements above the following is the amount of experience required to be appointed to a Health Technician (Massage Therapy) at the GS-5 through GS-7 grade level. GS-5 Entry Level: None beyond the basic requirements as per the above. GS-6 Developmental Level: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must possess at least one (1) year of creditable experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-5). In addition, demonstrating the following KSAs: Skill to provide massage techniques including draping, using the appropriate tools, supplies, and equipment based on the needs of the patient. Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, therapeutic effects, and evidence-based practice of massage therapy. Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team in a health care setting. Knowledge of all patient safety procedures, rules, and regulations as they pertain to a clinical environment. Ability to effectively communicate verbally/non-verbally and in writing through a variety of modalities. GS-7 Full Performance Level: At least one (1) full year of creditable experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-06) as a Health Technician (Message Therapy). In addition, demonstration of the following KSAs: Ability to assess the physical and mental status of patients (including history and physical assessment), interpret the appropriate information to identify each patient's population-specific needs, identify indications/contraindications for massage, develop the plan of care, and monitor their response to treatment. Ability to use various communication techniques to encourage and educate individuals and groups to enhance massage therapy outcomes. Skill in developing and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships. Ability to advise staff and students in massage therapy practices. References: VA Handbook 5005/108, Part II, Appendix G56, Health Technician (Massage Therapy) Qualification Standards effective 3/12/2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-05 to GS-07. 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. Full performance level of a Health Technician (Massage Therapy) is a GS-7. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to a GS-7. The major duties described below are at the full-performance level of a GS-7. Duties include: Assesses the physical and mental status of patients and take complete patient history including performing a physical assessment. Interprets relevant clinical information to identify patient's specific needs, identify indications/contraindications for massage, and develop the plan of care. Performs massage therapy services with complexity higher than the developmental level. Performs duties with limited supervision and seeks assistance from the supervisor in urgent or emergent circumstances. Evaluates patient responses to treatment and documents responses to treatment. Enters treatment in an electronic environment. Coordinates follow up massage therapy as necessary. Serves as a consultant to the health care team in the evaluation and treatment of the patient. Assists with the clinical supervision of massage therapy students Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 20 hours per week between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May be converted to full-time. Work schedule will be discussed at interview. Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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