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Job Title:Medical Instrument Technican (EKG)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-626-13-965742-BJM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$38,790.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 20, 2013 to Friday, October 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0649-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Nashville, TN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 965742 (Include on all documents)

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.

Vacancy ID: 965742

***10/01/2013 available vacancy changed from 1 to 2 positions.***

***PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ENSURE THAT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE. ***

***YOUR GRADE AND SALARY WILL BE DETERMINED BASED ON YOUR EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AND WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD. NOTE: APPLICANTS MAY BE BOARDED AT A LOWER GRADE DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION.***

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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .  

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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This position may require travel between the Murfreesboro, Nashville and Outpatient Clinics as needed.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00a - 4:30p

The incumbent is skilled in performing electrocardiograms using knowledge of anatomy and technique to obtain high-quality recordings. The incumbent is proficient in operating a variety of computerized electrocardiograph equipment. Testing is performed in the following locations: Heart Station, intensive care units, operating room, and patients bedside (where special skills/techniques are utilized in dealing with the critically ill) Responsibilities include daily inspection, cleaning and routine daily maintenance of electrocardiograph equipment.

The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Instrument Technician include but are not limited to the following:

  • Operating and monitoring electrocardiograph equipment used in diagnosing cardiac disease. This includes various models of electrocardiographic machines, exercise equipment (including treadmill, stationary bicycle and arm ergometer), and ambulatory Holter/Event monitor recorders.
  • Processes electrocardiograms utilizing the MUSE (electronic archiving) system. Data is downloaded regularly and retrieved as required.
  • Programs equipment and received emergency electrocardiograms from other VA medial centers and outpatient clinics; forwards recordings to appropriate physician.
  • Ability to recognize and interpret basic cardiac dysrhythmias and with the aid of computerized electrocardiogram interpretation and in-service training, recognized abnormalities in cardiac function and the need for physician intervention.
  • Prepares ambulatory rhythm analysis (Holter/Event monitor) recordings. This includes preparation of the recorder, patient instruction, skin preparation and electrode placement. The incumbent analyzes the digital recordings, edits and selects appropriate portions of the recording for physician interpretation.
  • Assists the cardiologist or physician assistant in performing exercise tests
  • Ensures appropriate diagnostic and CPT codes are documented for each patient.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

YOUR GRADE AND SALARY WILL BE DETERMINED BASED ON YOUR EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AND WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD.

Full Performance level of this position is a GS-7

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 knowledge of the equipment, standard tests and procedures, and typical readings including arrhythmias and abnormalities. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Knowledge of typical patient reactions and signs of distress including the ability to recognize, report and treat potentially lethal arrhythmias.

2. Knowledge of common equipment settings and standardized procedures plus knowledge of common errors and corrective measures.

3. Ability to modify procedures/positions to obtain the correct results with patients with complicating conditions such as amputations, Parkinson's disease, structural defects, and scar tissue.

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

5. Ability to conduct in-service training on the EKG equipment and related instrumentation.

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.

Assignment. This represents the full performance level. Medical instrument technicians (EKG) at this level operate and monitor electrocardiographic equipment to perform specialized examinations and studies involving exercise stress testing, ambulatory monitoring of arrhythmias, and indirect carotid pulse tracings on chronic patients. They monitor tracings to identify arrhythmias and when gross abnormalities appear, when to repeat certain procedures, when to stop test procedures, and when to get the immediate attention of a physician. They evaluate test results to determine appropriate machine adjustments and use alternative techniques and procedures when established procedures do not accomplish acceptable results. This includes adapting equipment and accessories to yield the best results during the examination. They edit and select an appropriate sample portion of the tracing for further interpretation by the physician.

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

References : VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical instrument Technician QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2006.


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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. ***

Basic Cardiac Life Support(BCLS) and Advanaced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) are desired but not required.

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 site specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

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.


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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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.  

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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 

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 965742

2.  Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

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.

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



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.  CV or Resume. (required)

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.  Online Questionnaire (required).

4.   Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application. (Current permanent Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) employees are not required to submit this form.)

5.  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).  

6.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jill Miller
Phone: (615)873-7556
Email: JALANDRIA.MILLER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Tennessee Valley HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Murfreesboro, TN
37129

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:

VHA-626-13-965742-BJM

Control Number:

352099700