Opportunity for former medics, med techs and corpsmen

Posted on 17th August 2012 in News From Outside VH

Join the ER Intermediate Care Technician pilot program in 15 VA medical centers across the country. ICTs will perform technical health care procedures and work under the supervision of physicians in the VA Emergency Departments.

ICT

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has developed a one-year pilot program that offers Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) positions to separating or recently separated Medics, Med Techs, and Corpsmen. The pilot program will operate in 15 VA Medical Center emergency rooms across the country.

ICTs will perform technical health care procedures under the supervision of Emergency Department Physicians. While employed by VA, participants in the pilot program will be encouraged to leverage existing benefits and VHA education programs to earn degrees and further their healthcare careers.

Apply now:  ICTApplications@va.gov (send resume or inquiry with contact information TODAY!

Who May be Considered

Army Medics, Air Force Med Techs, Coast Guard Hospital Corpsmen and Navy Corpsmen who have recently separated or will soon be separating from the military are welcome to apply. Former Medics, Med Techs, and Corpsmen who are currently VA employees may also be considered for the program.  Veterans eligible for a noncompetitive appointment (30 Percent or More Disabled Veteran, Veteran Recruitment Appointment, or Schedule A).  The eligibility criteria for each appointment is noted below.

30 Percent or More Disabled Veteran

  • Disabled Veterans who retired from active military service with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more; or
  • Disabled Veterans rated by the Department of Veterans as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.

Veteran Recruitment Appointment

  • Disabled Veterans; or
  • Veterans who served on active duty in the armed forces during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; or
  • Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the armed forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or
  • Recently separated Veterans (within last 3 years); and
  • Veterans discharged under honorable conditions.

Schedule A

  • Veterans who have a severe physical, psychological or intellectual disability.
  • Veterans who can show proof of disability documented by a licensed medical professional, licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or Federal or State agency.
  • Veterans who can provide a certification of job readiness for the job applied for from a licensed medical professional, licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or Federal or State agency.

Apply now:  ICTApplications@va.gov (send resume or inquiry with contact information TODAY!

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Personal Goals: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

Posted on 19th March 2011 in Veteran's Voice

Recently I had the privilege to be appointed to a position at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, in West Haven, CT. It’s been an honor going through the process of applying, interviewing, and being selected.

 

To see a goal—and realize that goal can be extremely fulfilling. Being selected for the position for which I will perform my duties, however, is just the beginning. The opportunity of course provides income for my family, but also carries the price of performing beyond the expectations of the position description.

 

As service in the military has minimum expectations of performance, so does service in the Federal Government. But minimum expectations will not wholly meet the needs of those whom you serve. And those you serve is a myriad of personnel—peers, leaders and executives within the organization, but most importantly within the VA Healthcare System—the veterans and their families.

 

During my time seeking the opportunity to be appointed to the position for which I was selected, I have had the distinct opportunity to witness the exceptional respect, consideration and care the VA Healthcare System delivers to veterans and their families.

 

It is a heart-touching and honorable position—rife in our freedoms as a nation—but it is an actionable opportunity as well.

 

What do I mean about actionable? We in service to our veterans need to engage as much as any other employee of the system engages, and as we perform these duties, we need to look for opportunities for personal performance improvement as well as opportunities for system-wide improvement and the opportunity to introduce those instances—over time.

 

It’s the beginning of a road that along the way I expect will teach me many things I’ve never learned—while allowing me to bring to bear my own experience, and together with the team of exceptionally committed professionals—continue serving our nation’s most deserving heroes. Above and beyond the call of duty.

 

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A Journey Begins

Posted on 22nd January 2011 in Veteran's Voice

My father-in-law is a retired Marine who served during the Korean War, returning as a disabled veteran. He has served his fellow veterans through his membership (and leadership) in the VFW, The American Legion, and by serving as the lead honor guard for more than 1,100 veteran’s funerals. Witnessing his dedication to his fellow veterans and their families spurred a new direction for my life, and potentially my career.

I started out by learning as much as I could about where I could work with and serve my fellow veterans here in my home state. I began my pursuit with the VA Medical Center nearby, having applied for several positions there, and learning the ropes of the varied application processes for employment with the Federal Government. Those processes will be points of discussion in later posts. It can be challenging, but it is a mountain any veteran, who wants to, can summit.

In addition, I joined two veteran’s organizations (the VFW and United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.) to not only broaden my network of fellow vets, but also with an eye toward serving as a volunteer whenever possible, and as often as possible, until I have that sought after job serving my government. I will of course continue to volunteer when called upon once employed. Volunteering to work with your fellow veterans is a great opportunity to get to know where vets needs can be best met, and volunteers are needed. Follow this link to learn more: VA Voluntary Service.

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