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Job Title:Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:13-CK-BF835955

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$39,224.00 to $70,235.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0649-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Northport, NY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

NOTE:  Relocation Expenses are NOT authorized.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 835955 

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

 

This position is advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.  This is an ANTICIPATED VACANCY.  The position may be filled on a temporary (Not To Exceed 6 months) full time OR part time basis.  We are accepting applications for this temporary position through the closing date of this announcement.  If this position is not filled, your application will remain on file at this facility until the end of the calendar year.  You will be notified if a vacancy becomes available.

 

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-4 to GS-8.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of Persons with Disabilities and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.  For more information, please visit: 

 http://archive.opm.gov/disability/appempl.asp

 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hm/shav/index.aspx

 

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.  

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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Diagnostic Ultrasound Technicians operate diagnostic ultrasonic scanning equipment to produce cross sectional and two dimensional pictures of internal organs and body structures used to diagnose diseases and other medical conditions.

Major Duties:  The incumbent independently conducts difficult but standardized diagnostic ultrasonography examinations. Schedules patients for examinations. Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures, and rearranges patients scheduled, to accommodate them. Maintains records and film files of patients examined. Cross-indexes interesting cases for teaching purposes. Additionally, the following knowledge and abilities are expected at this level:

  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of the components, operating characteristics, and settings of the equipment to be used.
  • Knowledge of typical patient reactions to the basic procedures involved and ability to recognize signs of distress.
  • Knowledge of the standard positions for the procedure being conducted.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of standard medical terminology to interpret physician orders or instructions.
  • Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment.
  • Knowledge of the normal and abnormal results for routine procedures to recognize and report obvious abnormalities.
  • Knowledge of the equipment to administer routine/standard diagnostic treatment or procedures.
  • Ability to perform standard operator maintenance on the equipment including the ability to disassemble, clean, reassemble, and calibrate the machine.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy in order to receive and interpret physician requests for routine, standardized ultrasonography procedures.
  • Knowledge of tissue harmonics and soundwave propagation within the body to adjust TGC (Time Gain Compensation) for optimal image quality.
  • Knowledge of the physics of velocity, frequency of soundwaves, and their physical properties.
  • Ability to set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the conditions of the examination and the patient and to operate the equipment for standardized, routine procedures.
  • Ability to interact with patients explaining procedures and positioning the patient for the procedure.
  • Ability to set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the conditions of the examination and the patient and to operate the equipment for more complex, but standardized procedures.
  • Knowledge of zoom, expansion, prospectus, color Doppler, and pulsed echo Doppler.
  • Knowledge of the digital transmission of images.
  • Ability to alter standard, but complex procedures and protocols to meet patient needs and physical limitations.
  • Ability to perform diagnostic ultrasound examination on multiple areas of the body, including, but not limited to, the abdomen, pelvis, transvaginal, chest, blood vessels, small parts, thyroid, breast, and scrotum.
  • Ability to perform vascular studies such as vertebral, renal artery, aortic aneurysm, portal-systemic shunts, etc.
  • Ability to assist radiologists with biopsy procedures determining the location, depth, and required needle angle for the lesion to be sampled.
  • Ability to assist in surgical procedures and fluid aspirations.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • 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.
  • Licensure or Certification.  Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as ecvidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Physical Requirements.  Candidate must meet the physical requirements of this position.
  • English Language Proficiency.  Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-4:  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 position to be filled. Six months of this experience may have been in medically related fields such as nursing assistant, practical nursing, or similar fields. The remaining six months must have been in operating diagnostic and therapeutic equipment covered by this occupation. Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited at this level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following:

1. Knowledge of basic medical terminology.

2. Ability to learn the components, operating characteristics, and settings of the equipment to be used.

3. Ability to learn typical patient reactions to the basic procedures involved and ability to recognize signs of distress.

4. Ability to learn the standard positions for the procedure being conducted.

5. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Assignment. At this level assignments are trainee in nature. The medical instrument technician trainee is performing limited routine assignments of a developmental nature under close supervision.

GS-5:  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 position to be filled. This would be experience in operating equipment related to the particular specialization for which application is made or in related functional areas. Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited through this grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following:

1.  Knowledge of standard medical terminology to interpret physician orders or instructions.

2.  Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment.

3.  Ability to learn the normal and abnormal results for routine procedures to recognize and report obvious abnormalities.

4.  Ability to operate the equipment to administer routine/standard diagnostic treatment or procedures.

5.  Ability to perform standard operator maintenance on the equipment including the ability to disassemble, clean, reassemble, and calibrate the machine.

Assignment.  Medical Instrument Technicians (Trainee) at this level operate and monitor commonly used equipment performing routine procedures under normal supervision.  The technician functions somewhat independently in carrying out these standardized procedures of limited complexity.  Deviations from regular procedures, unanticipated problems, and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or help.  Some assignments at this level also include developmental duties involving more complex procedures designed to prepare the technician for promotion to higher grades in a functional area.  Such duties would be performed under closer supervision.

GS-6:  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.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following:

1.  Knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy in order to receive and interpret physician requests for routine, standardized ultrasonography procedures.

2.  Knowledge of tissue harmonics and soundwave propagation within the body to adjust TGC (Time Gain Compensation) for optimal image quality.

3.  Knowledge of the physics of velocity, frequency of soundwaves, and their physical properties.

4.  Ability to set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the conditions of the examination and the patient and to operate the equipment for standardized, routine procedures.

5.  Ability to interact with patients explaining procedures and positioning the patient for the procedure.

Certification.  Registration by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARMS) AND Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is highly desirable.

Assignment.  At this level, medical instrument technicians (diagnostic ultrasound) perform examinations which are routine and standardized in nature.  They position the patient as needed for the best test results, set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the condition of the examination and patient, move and adjust depths and types of scan in accordance with procedures, perform operator preventive maintenance and care of equipment, and assist higher graded technicians in performing more complicated examinations.

GS-7:  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 diagnostic ultrasonography examinations.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following:

1.  Ability to set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the conditions of the examination and the patient and to operate the equipment for more complex, but standardized procedures.

2.  Knowledge of zoom, expansion, prospectus, color Doppler, and pulsed echo Doppler.

3.  Knowledge of the digital transmission of images.

4.  Ability to alter standard, but complex procedures and protocols to meet patient needs and physical limitations.

 

Certification.  Registration by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARMS) AND Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable.

 

Experience.  At this level the medical instrument technician (diagnostic ultrasound) performs complex, standardized procedures independently.  They have the knowledge to alter procedures, equipment settings, transducers used, etc., to accommodate patient needs and still produce a quality image for diagnostic purposes.  They will also be required to assist with the performance of more complicated procedures and non-standardized procedures in a developmental capacity.

 

GS-8Experience.  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 overall knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct diagnostic ultrasound examinations in complex and unusual cases.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following:

1.  Ability to perform diagnostic ultrasound examination on multiple areas of the body, including, but not limited to, the abdomen, pelvis, transvaginal, chest, small parts, thyroid, breast, and scrotum.

2.  Ability to perform vascular studies such as vertebral, renal artery, aortic aneurysm, portal-systemic shunts, etc.

3.  Ability to assist radiologists with biopsy procedures determining the location, depth, and required needle angle for the lesion to be sampled.

4.  Ability to assist in surgical procedures and fluid aspirations.

 

Certification.  Registration by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARMS) AND Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable.

 

Assignment:  at this level, the technician is expected to perform the full range of procedures including the special complicated examinations for which there are no standard instructions or procedures.  They perform independent portable ultrasound examinations in the intensive care units, emergency room, surgery, and throughout the Medical Center when required.  They also work independently on evenings, nights, and weekend tours of duty as scheduled and/or when on call.

 


Education:  Education may be substituted for experience ONLY at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels.

For GS-4:  Successful completion of two years of education above high school or an associate's degre with a major field of study directly related to this Diagnostic Ultrasound position.

For GS-5:  Successful completion of 4 academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation, or a bachelor's degree in a major field of study appropriate to the functions of this position.

 

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



OTHER INFORMATION:

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING APPLICATION PROCESS AND MATERIAL REQUIREMENTS 

Requests for reconsiderations will NOT be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  If you do not submit the required documents, you will not receive consideration for this position.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software and/or fax transmissions, etc.

 

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  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.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 835955.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 08, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Optional Form 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment) http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.PDF (required)
  4. Occupational Questionnaire
  5. College Transcripts (if using education to qualify at the GS-4 or GS-5 level)
  6. Licenses and/or Certifications (as described in the vacancy announcement)
  7. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  8. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. 

Resume Reminder:  Your resume must include the following information for each job listed:  Job Title, Duties (be as detailed as possible), Month & Year Start/End Dates (e.g., June 2007 to April 2008), Full time or Part Time Status (include hours worked per week). 

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Connie Kalfa
Phone: (631)261-4400x2708
Email: CONNIE.KALFA@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Northport VAMC
Human Resources 05J
79 Middleville Road
Northport, NY
11768

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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Job Announcement Number:

13-CK-BF835955

Control Number:

336982500