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Job Title:Medical Instrument Technician

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:NOL-13-818568-WBM-524

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$38,790.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 10, 2013 to Thursday, January 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0649-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
New Orleans Metro Area, LA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number:818568

Functional Statement is available for review in Human Resources Management. This position is assigned to Office of Nurse Executive, APU, New Orleans, LA.

TOUR OF DUTY: Monday thru Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

NOTE: Salary To Be Determined By Professional Standards Board 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Subject to background/suitability investigation

DUTIES:

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Receives requests or instructions for procedures.  Interprets request or instructions for medical or health care personal.  Performs as technician in endoscopy unit. Receives assignments for variety of examinations.  Employee independently interprets and carries out requests.Secures patients’ confidence and cooperation during procedures.  Assists in explaining procedures, positioning patients for desired results, and cushioning and shielding patients as appropriate.  Varies procedure or position to adjust to patients’ medical condition.  Provides patient care that is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional, and chronological maturation needs of the adult and/or geriatric patient. Independently explains procedures and positions patients for a variety of invasive procedures.  Answers patient’s questions during procedures.  Operates and maintains medical instruments and equipment for diagnostic and treatment procedures.Determines technical factors, sets controls and operates equipment and instruments. Sets up and adjusts specialized equipment with multiple features that requires precise patient positioning to operate correctly.  Selects and sets technical factors for invasive procedures.  Sets equipment parameters based on the patient’s diagnosis or specific and/or individualized testing criteria.  Makes precise adjustments to clarify readings and measurements. Assists in the performance of invasive procedures.  Uses a practical knowledge of the location and function of major body organs and structures related to the specialized field in which the employee works.  Collects information, Recognizes deviations in patient’s condition and takes appropriate action.  Sets up all necessary accessories or supplies and advises other medical personnel of new equipment, accessories or supplies.  Ensures proper cleaning and decontamination of all endoscopy equipment.  Performs minor maintenance and adjustments.Serves as a GI technician for all types of endoscopic procedures.  Performs the full range of complex procedures using specialized equipment that requires precise adjustments to respond to individual patient conditions or test sequences.  Serves as technical expert in the operation and maintenance of specialized equipment and instruments.  Assists in the performance or independently performs invasive procedures.  Uses a practical knowledge of the location and function of major body organs and structures in order to position the patient and/or connect monitoring equipment to take optimum advantage of equipment capabilities.  Makes continuing adjustments to equipment and positions as results are interpreted.  Sets up all necessary accessories or supplies and advises other medical personnel of new equipment, accessories or supplies.  Ensures proper cleaning and performs minor maintenance and recognizes deviations in patient’s condition and takes appropriate action.  Provides assistance of a technical, specialized, or support nature to health and medical personnel in the diagnosis or treatment of patient illnesses or medical conditions.  Supports medical and health care professionals in test and procedures to diagnose and treat medical conditions.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: VA Handbook, Part II, Appendix G27 Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard GS-649.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

a.     Citizenship.     Citizenship of the United States.   

b.     Education. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels.  

c.     Licensure or Certification.   Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation: however, it is strongly desirable at the GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.  

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

GS-07 

    (a)   Experience.   At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled.   This would be experience which provided the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to independently conduct difficult but standardized echocardiographic examinations.   In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:  

    (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

       1.   Knowledge of endoscopic equipment and use in basic and complex endoscopic procedures.  

       2.   Knowledge of anatomy and physiology related to the GI system, with ability to recognize and report obvious abnormalities during procedures. 

       3.   Ability to assist physician with specialized, complex procedures. 

       4.   Knowledge of universal precautions and disinfection techniques and ability to follow SOP's to clean reusable medical equipment (RME). 

       5.   Ability to collaborate, communicate, and demonstrate customer service skills and interpersonal skills with all healthcare professionals to ensure quality and continuity of care.  

       6.   Ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policies.  

       7.   Ability to deliver patient care, including vital sign measurements and medication administration.  

   (c)   Certification.   No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BLS certification.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Proficiency in the English language is required for direct patient care positions.  (P.L. 95-201).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Pre-employment Physical Required 

PROBATIONARY PERIOD:  This position requires completion of a 1-years probationary period, if not already served.  

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy.  All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months.  This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. THIS POSITION IS CONSIDERED A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated on the detailed information submitted in your resume that reflects your knowledge, skills, and ability neccessary to meet the qualification of this position.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  In addition to the traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at the http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

PBI Interviews: Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs).  For more information on the performance based interview process, see www.va.gov/pbi

Eligibles: Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   Federal Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and copy of their most recent SF50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.   Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

Reasonable Accommodation:  Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodation for any part of the application process, contact the hiring agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers  button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, January 31, 2013

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 818568 
  2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.
  3. Evidence of Veterans Preference:  If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must submit your DD Form 214 or an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference with appropriate supporting documentation.

Note:  To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you. 

Applying Via Fax: 

1.  Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire

2.  Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

After we receive your completed application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.  Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when your rating is determined.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. Resume or VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations http://www.vacareers.va.gov/vacareers_Jobs_Forms.cfm) NOTE: YOUR RESUME MUST CONTAIN DATES OF EMPLOYMENT (MM/YY), AND HOURS WORKED PER WEEK. FAILURE TO PROVIDE ALL REQUESTED INFORMATION MAY PREVENT US FROM GIVING YOU CREDIT FOR EXPERIENCE. 
  2. Response to the questionnaire.
  3. Copy of your transcript (if you are using education to qualify).
  4. Latest SF-50 (current and former federal employees), if applicable.
  5. Member 4 copy of your DD-214, SF-15 if claiming 10pt preference and VA disability award letter (for Veterans), if applicable.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Willie Martin
Phone: (504)558-1410
Email: WILLIE.MARTIN3@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA New Orleans HCS
Department of Veteran Affairs
Southeast LA Veteran HC Sys 1555 Poydras
Suite 1300
New Orleans, LA
70112

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. The qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and interview.

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Job Announcement Number:

NOL-13-818568-WBM-524

Control Number:

334931400