Social Science Aid

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 2/14/2020
Description The Social Science Aid is responsible for providing direct observation of patients within the Emergency Department.

Patient Observation 75%
· Provide direct observation of patients requiring suicidal precautions, restraints, elopement risk and other safety concerns.
· Provide social interaction and diversion.
· Accompany patients to other hospital locations
· Provide continuous observation while patient is away from the Emergency Department.
· Properly lift and lower patients which are at risk of falling.
· Assist patients in litters and or wheel chairs as directed.
· Monitor the removal of patient health care devices by patients. (IVs, catheters, drainage tubes, feeding tubes etc.)
Personal Care 15%
· Make patient litters.
· Stock treatment rooms, carts and shelves.
· Check inventory for expired or expiring items.
· Collect and transport soiled linen bags.
· Stock blankets and other patient care items.
· Provide food and beverages to patients at the direction of medical staff.
· Pick up non-controlled patient medication from the pharmacy.
· Assist nurses in turning and re-positioning patients.
· Transport non-monitored patients via wheelchair or litter, to and from other hospital locations within the University Drive campus.
· Clean wheel chairs after every use according to policy.

Work Schedule: Rotating Tours
Compressed/Flexible: Not available
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Social Science Aid COT/PD00751-A and PD0751A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/06/2020.

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.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-01 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Communications
  • Organizational Stewardship
  • Technical Competence
  • Veteran and Customer Focus

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 duties of the Social Science Aid requires the ability to move and or transport patients and or materials, which
requires moving, bending, reaching, pushing, pulling, standing sitting and walking.

Work environment: Work is performed in a hospital environment and may include everyday risks and discomforts which require safety
precautions. This includes the use of safe working practices with equipment, personal protective equipment, trip/fall avoidance and awareness
as well as the observance of fire regulations. The work place is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

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