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Job Title:Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography) PT Night

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OB-13-RGM-970610-NEU-EXT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,907.00 to $55,844.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, October 11, 2013 to Monday, October 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0649-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Birmingham, AL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 970610 

 

 

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?

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.  

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-08.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-06 to GS-08.  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

Please read the entire announcement before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents.  All applicable forms must be complete and signed prior to uploading.

 

NOTE:  If you apply for this position electronically (On-Line), you do not need to apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX (OPM-Occupational Questionnaire).  If you apply using both the electronic (On-Line) and manual (OPM FORM 1203-FX) methods, it will result in a duplicate processing error and you may lose consideration for this position.

The Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is an integral part of the Medical community that provides acute, tertiary, medical, and surgical care to Veterans of Alabama.   The Medical Center provides care to a veteran population of 420,000 in Alabama and treats approximately 57,000 unique veterans annually.   The medical center serves as a referral center for this area with 138 operating beds with care provided in almost all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

Birmingham, AL is located in the heart of the Southeastern United States and is a progressive center for medical research, banking, music, technology, art, engineering, and higher education.

 

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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The Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography) will display proficiency and performs at a level of excellence in all Sleep diagnostic and treatment procedures and other related procedures in accordance with the guidelines and protocols established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, BVAMC Sleep Disorders Center and procedures of the Birmingham VA Hospital.  His/her work is primarily performed in patient care areas, inpatient and outpatient.  Extensive interaction with patients, staff, physicians, family members, and visitors involved.  The selectee is able to conduct full sleep studies including overnight studies, extended EEG studies, and evaluate the relationship of events, sleep stages, and possible medical conditions which influence or result from events occuring during sleep.  The selectee anticipates problems likely to occur during the sleep study and is able to prepare for such situations, suggest changes in established procedures, or recommended alternative courses of action.  Displays proficiency and performs at a level of excellence in all sleep diagnostic procedures and other related procedures in accordance to the guidelines established by the American Sleep Disorders Association. Must be reliable, able to work independently and be self-motivated.

*Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are highly desirable but not required.

*Registration by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) is highly desirable but not required.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Tour: Thursday/Friday (Night Shift)

Duty Hours: 7:30 pm - 8:00 am.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

Citizenship.    Citizen of United States.  

Education.    There are no specific education requirements for this occupation.    

Licensure or Certification.   Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at the GS-6 or above as evidence of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs).

Physical Requirements.  Pre-employment physical examination with positive results required.  Work is primarily performed in patient care areas, in-patient and outpatient.  Extensive interaction with patients, staff, physicians, family members, and visitors involved.  Moving equipment and supplies, lifting, bending, stooping, and possible exposure to body fluid involved.   English Language Proficiency:   No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English.

QUALIFICATIONS: at the GS-06 grade level

GS-6.  At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level GS-05 To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level in the Federal Service.

IN ADDITION, THE CANDIDATE MUST DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING KSAs:  

1. Knowledge of standard devises such as oximeters, respiratory effort devices, nasal pressure devises, thermistors, thermocouples, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, and laboratory computers including the ability to calibrate and operate the equipment and recognize and eliminate recording artifacts

2. Knowledge of medical terminology and medical record organization to review medical records, sleep study orders, consent forms, medical charts etc.,

3. Knowledge of standard, computerized polysomnographs for recording continuous all night physiological data including EEG, EOG, EKG, EMG and respirator parameters,

4. Knowledge of polysmnographic procedural protocols (including overnight sleep studies, MSLT, MWT, PAP, etc).

5. Knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology and the international 10-20 electrode placement system in order to conduct sleep studies. Note: Polysomnography (PSG) Technicians at this level perform a full range of standard, routine examinations including overnight sleep studies, MSLT (Multiple Sleep Latency Test), MWT (Maintenance of Wakefulness test), and PAP (Positive Airway Pressure Titration).

QUALIFICATIONS: at the GS-07 grade level

GS-07: Do you possess one (1) year specialized experience related to this position? To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-06 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience includes: Monitor, circulate and operate equipment for moderately complex treatments and procedures for sleep study procedures.

IN ADDITION, THE CANDIDATE MUST DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING KSAs:  

1. Knowledge of CPAP function and operation to select and fit appropriate PAP patient interface devices. 

2. Ability to independently titrate and document PAP level to achieve therapeutic goals

3. Knowledge of indications, complications, and contraindications of CPAP therapy

4. Knowledge of Bi-level pressure titrations, and Bi-level spontaneous time mode with backup rate, Average Volume Assured Pressure Support, Adaptive Servoventilation, Auto Ventilation titrations.

5. Ability to recognize changes seen during the PSG tracing and identify all stages of sleep.   This includes the ability to score and analyze sleep stages in clinical polysomnography recordings.

Note: At this level Polysomnography Technician performs a full range of standard, but complex, polysomnography examinations with responsibility for properly and accurately calibrating all instruments prior to the beginning of the PSG tracing and selection of appropriate electrode montages and sensitivity and filter settings to elicit the best possible tracings.

QUALIFICATIONS: at the GS-08 grade level (Full Performance Level)

GS-08: Do you possess one (1) year specialized experience related to this position? To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience includes: This represents the full performance level.   At this level Polysomnographic Technicians are able to interact fully with the patient and physician to diagnose sleep disorders including those that are uncommon or rate.

IN ADDITION, THE CANDIDATE MUST DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING KSAs:  

1. Advance knowledge or the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and the ability to recognize uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders.

2. Ability to summarize and report polysomnographic data in narrative form.

3. Knowledge of event characteristics (e.g., respiratory, cardiac, sleep stage, seizures, etc.) and ability to take appropriate action. 

4. Ability to provide briefings and orientation to hospital staff including physicians.

5. Ability to score sleep staging and events during polysomnography acquisition (Higly desired)

Note: GS-8: Represents the full performance level of this position.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

CERTIFICATION.  

1.    Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are highly desirable but not required.

2.    Registration by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) is highly desirable but not required.

References : VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix GS27, Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard, dated February 2009.

 


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:

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. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

For more information on the VA’s preferred method of interviewing, please visit www.VA.gov/PBI .


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. 

 

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

 

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 on 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 Sbumit My Answers button at the end of the process.

The following documents must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

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/Account/Login) 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: 970610.  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 Monday, October 21, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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

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 (10-2850c)
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·Resume
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

The following documents are required:

 

REQUIRED:  Résumé/ CV.  Your resume or CV should include the vacancy announcement information and personal information including:  current/ prior Federal service information, education information, work experience which includes job title, duties, and responsibilities, employer’s name and address, supervisor’s name and telephone number, starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked per week, and salary.  Please indicate whether your supervisor(s) can be contacted.

 

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

 

REQUIRED:  If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit your most recent SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action).  NOTE:  the SF 50 must show your job title, series, grade and step, and type of appointment.                                         

REQUIRED:  Responses to the occupational questionnaire.


REQUIRED:  Unofficial copy of your transcript if  you are using education to qualify.

 

 

REQUIRED:  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service.   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).  

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Brooke Weckwarth
Phone: (205)933-8101x4595
Email: BROOKE.WECKWARTH@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Birmingham VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
700 19th Street South
Human Resources
Birmingham, AL
35233

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:

OB-13-RGM-970610-NEU-EXT

Control Number:

352650600