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Job Title:Medical Instrument Technician - Hemodialysis

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:FZ-13-955422-DP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$29,098.00 to $58,055.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 13, 2013 to Thursday, October 03, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0649-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Cleveland, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 955422

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.

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is a 673-bed tertiary healthcare facility which provides care to over 100,000 veterans in northern Ohio. We provide care through our main medical facility at the Wade Park campus, 13 community based outpatient clinics, and 3 vet centers. The medical center has been recognized for more programs of excellence than any other Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These programs of excellence include: Open Heart Surgery, Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Substance Abuse Care, Spinal Cord Injury Care, Medical Care of the Homeless, Domiciliary Care of the Homeless, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Advance Platform Technology, Primary Care Education, and Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education. We are a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services to Veterans with state-of-the art technology as well as medical education and research. Our main campus in Cleveland, Ohio has a full service ER for both general acute care and psychiatric care and a comprehensive reference clinical laboratory. With us, you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career experience.

NOTE: A Professional Standard Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. 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. 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship.
  • Occupational physical may be required.
  • English Language Proficiency.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:

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The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for a Medical Instrument Technician. The Medical Instrument Technicians will function on the Hemodialysis Unit within Nursing Service at the Wade Park facility. The Medical  Instrument Technician duties include:

  • Understanding and performing the set up and operation of the dialysis machines and various related pieces of equipment.
  • Operating diagnostic and therapeutic medical instruments and equipment as part of the treatment for the patient undergoing hemodialysis treatment.
  • Disinfecting equipment after use according to protocol.
  • Collecting and recording vital signs of the dialysis patient pre, post, and intra-dialysis to secure the physiologic status of the patient. Obtaining access to circulation via fistula, graft or catheter, utilizing aseptic techniques.
  • Preparing and/or modifying chemical preparation for the concentrations of special chemical baths as ordered for specific patients.
  • Maintaining surveillance of water treatment system to ensure sufficiently treated water for delivery system with documentation.
  • Assuring that all elements of the water system are rinsed and disinfected according to protocol.
  • Performing and interpreting laboratory test results and analyzing deviations from the norm.
  • Maintaining complete, timely and thorough documentation of treatment records that reflect the care provided.
  • Performing routine dialysis treatments under the supervision of the RN on duty.
  • Ensuring levels of chlorine/chloramines are acceptably low prior to initiation of treatment at designated times throughout the day. Conducting minor trouble shooting and repair of equipment, where applicable.
  • Ensuring the proper mixing and delivery of dialysate to the dialysis machines, with validation by external devices.

Work Schedule: 5am-5:30pm (varied start times) and days.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Citizenship: Citizenship of the United States.

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. See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions.

English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Title 38 of the United States Code.

Licensure or Certification: Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. For certain functional areas at the higher levels or supervisory assignments, specific certifications appropriate to the specialty are required.

Preferred Certification: Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

To qualify at the GS-6 level:

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 which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform routine, standardized cardiac ultrasound procedures under the supervision of a fully qualified cardiac sonographer, generating gray scale images to define cardiac borders, and learning to perform Doppler intergration of cardiac valves for determination of flow velocities.

To qualify at the GS-7 level:

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 demonstrates that the technician has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform a full range of standard, but complex, echocardiographic examinations with the responsibility for calibrating all instruments prior to procedure.

To qualify at the GS-8 level:

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 which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to identify and record anomolies indicative of disease, injury, or other medically significant condition from ultrasound imaging and simultaneous recordings of the Doppler, and incorporating causes and results of a variety of symptoms into a plan of ultrasound diagnostic examination.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one year hemodialysis experience with the ability to set up, operate, and perform calibrations on a variety of dialysis equipment based on patient test results and physician orders.


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. You 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.

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:

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

HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Thursday, October 03, 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. verification is needed.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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 955422
  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 Thursday, October 03, 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.

The following documents are required:

  • CV or Resume (when listing previous employment please include month and year).
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf).
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  • If prior military service, include all copies of your DD-214 or proof of service as well as proof of disability, if applicable.
  • If currently employed in the federal government, include your most recent SF-50 showing title, series, and grade.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Alyssa DeGiovanni
Phone: (216)791-2300x2155
Email: ALYSSA.DEGIOVANNI@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Cleveland VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs 05W
10701 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH
44106

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed. You will be disqualified if your résumé does not reflect experience and education as outlined in the qualifications section. You will be notified when a qualification determination is made.

Areas of Consideration – Applicants will be considered based on the following 3 areas of consideration.

  • First Area of Consideration (facility employees) – Current, permanent Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) employees.
  • Second Area of Consideration (other VA employees) – Current, permanent Department of Veterans Affairs Employees (VA employees who are located somewhere other than Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC).
  • Third Area of Consideration (external candidates) – All other US Citizens.

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Job Announcement Number:

FZ-13-955422-DP

Control Number:

351583600