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Job Title:Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:IN-13-878164-HAK

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,990.00 to $55,844.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Friday, May 10, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0649-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Omaha, NE United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 878164

OUR MISSION:  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.

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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Important:  Current permanent VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System employees will be given first consideration. 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Note: External candidates eligible for veterans preference will receive consideration prior to considering external non-preference applicants.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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The individual selected will be responsible for patient care in the Omaha VA Dialysis Program and have 1 year of recent dialysis experience prefer.  The Dialysis Technician assigned to the Hemodialysis Unit will be able to monitor the dialysis systems for stable, chronic patients; understands medical treatment for patients with renal failure, and observes patients for desired action or adverse reactions. In addition, the hemodialysis technician recognizes and reacts to sign and symptoms that signal the onset of complications of dialysis such as hypotension or seizures. The individual must poses knowledge skills to set, operate, and disinfect all routine dialysis equipment used in this setting for unit or off unit treatments. The individual will have knowledge of the American Association of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards as they relate to RO water/dialysate quality, colony counts and actions to take if the results are out of range of expected values. Able to assist with the process to collecting water and dialysate samples, including laboratory entry, labeling and processing according to unit policy. Performs routine cannulation on patients with established grafts and fistulas and initiates dialysis assuring that patient pre dialysis observations have been done and recorded. Monitors dialysis treatments assuring proper documentation of treatment process and terminates treatment as per unit policy.

 

Work Schedule: Monday-Saturday, 4 ten-hour shifts.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

• U.S. citizenship  
• 
English Language Proficiency

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

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

(1)  GS-4

(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 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 KSAs:

OR

1.  Education.  Successful completion of two years of education above high school or an associate’s degree with a major field of study directly related to the medical instrument technician occupation.

(b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.

(c)  Assignments.  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.

(2)  GS-5

(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 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 KSAs:

OR

(b)  Education.  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 medical instrument technician functions.

(c)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.

(d)  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

 (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.  Skill in setting up, operating, and performing calibrations as required on a variety of dialysis equipment.

 2.  Skill in performing and interpreting test results (dialysate chemistries, water treatment testing for contaminates, etc.) including the ability to analyze deviations from the expected norm and responding appropriately.

 3.  Knowledge of American Association of Medical Instrumentation (AMMI) standards and unit policies as they relate to water treatment.

 4.  Knowledge of physiological and psychological changes and conditions related to end stage renal disease.

 5.  Ability to calculate dialysis baths according to the physician’s orders per patient by mixing critical concentrates, i.e., calcium, potassium, and bicarbonate.

 6.  Knowledge of Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS).

 (c)  Certification.  No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) certification.

 (d)  Assignment.  Hemodialysis Technicians at this level operate and monitor dialysis systems for chronic patients; check patient condition and determine the proper treatment procedures, technique, and machine adjustments; understand medical treatment for patients with renal failure; administer prescribed medication and observe the patient for desired action or adverse reaction; and recognize and react to signs and symptoms that signal the onset of complications of dialysis including hypotension, disequilibrium, seizures, and arrhythmias.

 (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.  This would be experience which provided knowledge the equipment, standard procedures, and typical machine problems and/or patient reactions to treatment.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

 (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 1.  Ability to assist the physician in more complex procedures such as central venous catheter insertion.

 2.  Ability to assist in training patients in home/self-care by teaching components of machine operation including water treatment and monitoring patients for compliance.

 3.  Ability to act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded technicians.

 4.  Ability to analyze deviations from the expected, determine whether the deviations are machine or patient related, and respond according to the findings.

 (c)  Certification.  No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certifications.

 (d)  Assignment.  At this level in addition to providing hemodialysis for chronic patients, hemodialysis technicians assist the physician during central venous catheter insertion, assist in the training of patients for home dialysis/self-care, and act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded hemodialysis technicians.  At this level, the technician accepts responsibility and accountability for his/her own actions.

 (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 related to the duties of the positions to be filled.  This would be experience which provided knowledge of the more complex procedures, the pharmacology related to this occupation, and knowledge of related acute disorders and diseases and their effects on organs and methods of treatment.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

 (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 1.  Knowledge of the hemodialysis process and equipment needed for home/self care including knowledge of common machine problems and repairs to such equipment.

 2.  Knowledge of the equipment and procedures for peritoneal dialysis.

 3.  Ability to assist the physician with percutaneous renal biopsies and peritoneal catheter insertion.

 4.  Ability to provide instruction to dialysis patients in home/self care and in the maintenance of the equipment.

 5.  Ability to provide instruction for physicians, nurses, and other personnel in dialysis procedures, equipment operation and maintenance, etc.

 (c)  Certification.  No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certifications.

 (d)  Assignment.  This represents the full performance level.  At this level the hemodialysis technician serves as a member of a dialysis team performing dialysis on acutely ill patients including those within an intensive care setting.  Assignments involve performing both peritoneal and hemodialysis procedures.  The dialysis technician may participate in percutaneous renal biopsies, watching the patient during the procedure and properly processing the specimen.  Assists the physician in peritoneal catheter insertions and observes the patient for vital signs and provides post operative care.  Provides instruction and monitors patients for home dialysis.  Performs training of physicians, nurses, and technicians on hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis techniques.

(IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : Input applicable reference and links.  VA Handbook 5005 at
http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office). 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Lifting up to 35 pounds for 8-12 hours, intermittently, moderate carrying (15-35 pounds) for 8 to 12 hours, intermittently, lifting over 35 pounds with assistive devices in accordance with the Safe Patient Handling Policy except in emergent situations requiring prompt patient care, pulling for 8 to 12 hours, intermittently, pushing for 8-12 hours, intermittently, reaching above the shoulders for 8-12 hours, intermittently, both hands required, walking 8-12 hours, intermittently, standing 8-12 hours intermittently, kneeling 8 to 12 hours, intermittently, repeated bending for 8-12 hours, intermittently, climbing and use of both legs and arms for 8-12 hours, intermittently, both legs required, near vision at 13 to 16" Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing aid permitted, twisting, simply grasp and fine manipulation.

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 the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled Veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submt an SF 15 "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or 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.

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.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 


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.

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application, resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 10, 2013 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·OF-306
   ·Other
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 878164.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 10, 2013  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Holly A. Koinzan
Phone: (402)995-4947
Email: HOLLY.KOINZAN@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Nebraska Western Iowa HCS
Human Resources 05
4101 Woolworth Avenue
Omaha, NE
68105

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:

IN-13-878164-HAK

Control Number:

341950700