To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Citizenship Citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization
English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7401(d), 7407(d).
Experience GS-6 level: At least one full year experience as a Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization) equivalent to the next lower level (GS-5) which demonstrates the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) related to the duties of the position to be filled. 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. Examples of demonstrated and required knowledge, skills and abilities include: Knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and basic electrocardiography; Knowledge of sterile techniques, catheterization laboratory supplies, and equipment used in the procedures; Ability to circulate, assist, monitor, and document hemodynamics and electrocardiograms during the procedure; Knowledge of and ability to prepare intra-aortic balloon catheters.
Certification at the GS 6 Grade Level: Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is desirable.
Experience GS-7 level: At least one full year of experience as a Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization) equivalent to the next lower level (GS-6) which demonstrates the KSAs related to the duties of the position. The 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. Eexamples of demonstrated and required knowledge, skills and abilities include: Ability to assist with insertion of temporary transvenous pacemaker catheters; Ability to maintain intra-aortic balloon pump equipment during procedures; Ability to complete individual cases by pulling sheaths and holding pressure to obtain hemostasis; Ability to assist with closure devices; Ability to appropriately educate patients and patient families regarding procedures and post-catheterization care.
Certification at the GS 7 Grade Level: Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable.
GS-8 level: At least one full year of experience as a Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization) equivalent to the next lower level (GS-7) which demonstrates the KSAs related to the duties of the position. The 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. Examples of demonstrated and required knowledge, skills and abilities included: 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; 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; 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; Knowledge of quality control and performance improvement indicators for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and ability to prepare and analyze quality control of test results.
Certification at the GS 8 Grade Level: 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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: In addition can demonstrate the following KSAs:
KSA1: Knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and basic electrocardiography.
KSA2: Knowledge of sterile techniques, catheterization laboratory supplies, and equipment used in the procedures.
KSA3: Ability to circulate, assist, monitor, and document hemodynamics and electrocardiograms during the procedure.
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