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Job Title:Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization Lab)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JP-13-JLC-857397

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$39,356.00 to $76,589.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to Thursday, March 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0649-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

10

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Houston, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 857397 

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?

  

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

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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Preferred characteristics and/or experience.  DRT (diagnostic radiology technician) certification required because of fluoroscopy equipment

 

 

NOTE:  A Professional Standards Board will determine the selectee’s starting grade level based on the applicant’s education and experience. 

 

This position is located in the Medical Care Line in the Cardiovascular Interventional, Cardiology Section.  The Medical Instrument Technician (Cath Lab) at this level is a critical position for proper operation of the Cardiac Interventional Laboratories including two Cardiac Cath Labs with a third cath lab to be completed soon.  Between 1500 and 2000 interventional procedures are performed in the labs each year.

 

While not required, it is highly desirable due to the highly technicial radiographic equipment and complex interventional studies performed in the lab that the Medical Instrument Technician at this level hold a license, certification or registration as a qualified, fully functional Diagnostic Radiologic Technician who can carry out assigned tasks independently. 

 

Medical Instrument Technicians (Cardiac Cath Lab) at this level have specialized knowledge and skills in (1) operating the specialized cardiac cath and EP X-ray equipment in the labs and (2) assisting the physicians as a member of the cardiac cath team in special procedures, such as Tandem Heart, Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps, pressure wires, intravasular ultrasound, rotablator, cardiac stents, balloon angiograms and anjiojet.  These procedures are highly technical and require specialized knowledge of complex cardiology radiographic diagnostic procedures and tests.  Regardless of the nature of the specific assignment, the work is of sufficient scope and complexity that specialized cardiovascular training is required to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level. 

 

the position, assigned to the Cardiac Interventional Labs, rotates through the Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Labs of the Cardiology Section and maintains competency, provides backup and participates in after hours on-call for Cath Lab emergency procedures.  The incumbent serves in a multifaceted (scrub, monitor, and circulator) capacity and functions as a team member or the cardiac cath lab team.  The technician assists physicians and other team members during a variety of highly complex, potentially life threatening invasive cardiovascular procedures on stable and unstable patients throughout the lifespan continuum. 

 

 

Tour of Duty:  (Include days/times and whether alternate work schedule is available)

                    8:00 – 4:30 pm M-F or 7:30a – 4:00p; 8:30-5p; 9-5:30; 9:30-6p and rotating on call hours


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

 

(1)  GS-6

        (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.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

        (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

        1.  Knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and basic electrocardiography.

        2.  Knowledge of sterile techniques, catheterization laboratory supplies, and equipment used in the procedures.

        3.  Ability to circulate, assist, monitor, and document hemodynamics and electrocardiograms during the procedure.

        4.  Knowledge of and ability to prepare intra-aortic balloon catheters.

        (c)  Certification.  Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is desirable.

        (d)  Assignment.  The cardiac catheterization technician at this level aids physicians in aspects of cardiac catheterization and related invasive procedures such as coronary angioplasty, pulmonary angioplasty, and intra-aortic balloon insertion.  The technician must be able to recognize cardiac arrhythmias and take appropriate action. 

        (2)  GS-7 

        (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.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

        (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

        1.  Ability to assist with insertion of temporary transvenous pacemaker catheters.

        2.  Ability to maintain intra-aortic balloon pump equipment during procedures.

        3.  Ability to complete individual cases by pulling sheaths and holding pressure to obtain hemostasis.

        4.  Ability to assist with closure devices.

        5.  Ability to appropriately educate patients and patient families regarding procedures and post-catheterization care.

        (c)  Certification.  Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable.

        (d)  Assignment.  Cardiac catheterization technicians at this level aid physicians in all aspects of standard cardiac catheterization and related invasive procedures such as coronary angioplasty, pulmonary angioplasty, and intra-aortic balloon insertion.  They select, set up, and calibrate surgical instruments, catheters, radiographic contrast injectors, and radiographic imaging devices.  They prepare cardiac medication for administration by the physician and must be able to recognize cardiac arrhythmias and take appropriate action.

        (3)  GS-8

        (a)  Experience.  At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics of the positions to be filled.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

        (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

        1.  Ability to scrub, circulate, and monitor advanced procedures (including electrophysiological) to include rotoblation, intravascular ultrasound, RADI or wave-wire, angiojet, filter wires, myocardial biopsies EPS, permanent pacemaker insertions, AICD insertions, and biventricular pacemaker insertion.

        2.  Advanced knowledge of equipment, medications, and supplies used in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the ability to set-up, calibrate, operate, and troubleshoot this equipment.

        3.  Knowledge and understanding of wave forms from the great vessels and all chambers of the heart including the ability to recognize and distinguish normal from abnormal, artifact from abnormality, and forewarn the physician of an impending life-threatening situation.

        4.  Knowledge of quality control and performance improvement indicators for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and ability to prepare and analyze quality control of test results.

        (c)  Certification.  Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable.

        (d)  Assignment.  This represents the full performance level.  Cardiac catheterization technicians at this level function as full members of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Team.  They scrub, circulate, operate equipment, etc., on the most complex examination and treatment procedures including procedures such as endocardial biopsy, radio frequency ablation procedures, and intra-aortic balloon pump therapy for very critical patients.  They prepare and administer cardiac medications as directed by the attending physician.  They mentor and train lower graded technicians, nurses, nursing students, and cardiopulmonary technology students on cardiac catheterization laboratory procedures and assist the supervisor/manager with quality control and performance improvement activities.

         (4)  GS-9. 

In addition to the core competencies defined at the GS-8 full performance level, positions at this grade may be lead, supervisory, or non-supervisory with specialized advanced knowledge and assignments.

      (a)  Experience.  At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.  This would be experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of cardiac catheterization technician services.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

        (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.  KSAs 1, 2, and 3 are appropriate for all positions at this level.  KSAs 4 and 5 are to be used in accordance with their appropriateness for the specific assignment.

        1.  Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols, that pertain to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

        *2.  Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

        3.  Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.

        *4.  Ability to manage and supervise employees.

        *5.  Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training.

        (c)  Certification.  Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) is highly desirable.  Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level.

        (d)  Assignments.  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the  incumbent at least 25% of the time.

        1.  Special Assignments.  Non-supervisory medical instrument technician (cardiac catheterization) may have assignments that because of their nature substantially exceed the full performance level.  The Professional Standards Board will review proposed non-supervisory special assignments for the GS-9 level and make a determination regarding their appropriateness.  These assignments are expected to be relatively few in number and must represent substantial additional responsibility over the full performance level.

 

        2.  Lead Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization).  In certain programs, either because of their size and scope or because of a lack of specific supervisory positions, lead positions may be appropriate. 

        3.  Supervisory Cardiac Catheterization Technician.  Individuals in this assignment assume full administrative and professional responsibility for planning and directing the work of subordinate technicians.  Typically these duties include assigning and evaluating the work of subordinate staff; providing cardiac catheterization technician services in more complex cases; reviewing and making recommendations regarding new and emerging procedures; providing instruction and training to new staff; interviewing candidates for positions; recommending selections, advancements, promotions; evaluating performance; taking disciplinary action when necessary; and identifying educational or training needs.

        (5)  GS-10. 

In addition to the core competencies defined at the GS-9 level, positions at this grade may be supervisory or non-supervisory with specialized advanced knowledge and assignments.

        (a)  Experience.  At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.  This would be experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge required to provide the most complex cardiac catheterization technician services and/or supervisory knowledge, skills, and abilities.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

        (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.  KSAs 1, 2, and 3 are appropriate for all positions at this level.  KSAs 4 and 5 are to be used in accordance with their appropriateness for the specific assignment.

        1.  Advanced knowledge of complex and non-standard treatment and examination procedures and techniques.

        *2.  Ability to plan and assist in the establishment of a completely integrated treatment and examination program.

        *3.  Ability to evaluate new products and equipment and make recommendations concerning developments which would improve operations.

        *4.  Ability to manage the fiscal matters of the functions supervised (which would include fund controls, contracts, and equipment expenditures), forecast resource and equipment needs, and administer the allocated budget.

        *5.  Knowledge of and ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluation; selection of staff; and recommendation of awards, advancements, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions.

        (c)  Certification.  Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) is highly desirable.  Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level.

        (d)  Assignments.  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the  incumbent at least 25% of the time.

        1.  Special Assignments.  There may be a rare non-supervisory position supporting this grade level.  Such a position would typically include maintaining all data and research protocols for cardiac procedures and investigations as well as writing policies, procedures, and protocols for a cardiac catheterization laboratory.

        2.  Supervisory Cardiac Catheterization Technician.  Individuals at this level plan and direct programs at affiliated medical centers and satellite outpatient clinics and have full supervisory responsibility for a large staff of non-supervisory personnel and at least one subordinate team leader or supervisor.  Typically these duties include assigning and evaluating the work of subordinate staff resolving problems which may interfere with patient examination or treatment; providing cardiac catheterization technician services in more complex and non-standard cases; evaluating new products and equipment and making recommendations concerning developments which would improve operations; participating as an instructor in the facility’s clinical training program; making final decisions on selections based on recommendations from subordinate supervisors or leads; evaluating performance; taking disciplinary action when necessary; and identifying educational or training needs. 

  

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.

 

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

References :  VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Qualification Standard,


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:

Note:  General experience is any type of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

 

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled e.g., experience in operating, supervising the operation of, or instructing in the operation of equipment related to the particular specialization for which application is made. 

 

 

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


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.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.



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/Login.aspx ) 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: 857397.  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 Thursday, March 28, 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. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at
  5. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration (REQUIRED).
  6. http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). 
  7. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: (713)794-7458
Email: VHAHOUHUMANRESOURCESQUESTIONS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
Medical Care Line
Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX
77030-4298
USA

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:

JP-13-JLC-857397

Control Number:

339570000