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Medical Instrument Technician

Job Details

Hiring Organization VA North Texas Health Care System
Post Name Medical Instrument Technician
Qualification 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.
Industry Government
Employment Type Full Time
Work Hours 8 Hours
Salary USD 34916 To USD 62903 Per Year
Location DallasTexasUnited States 75216

Duties

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provides technician support during emergent and on-call endoscopic cases.
  • Ensures proper performance of equipment, set up equipment, and initiates reprocessing of endoscopic reusable medical equipment (RME).
  • Performs and assists with diagnostic procedures used to diagnose gastrointestinal disease and assists with delegated tasks of direct and indirect care under the supervision of the registered nurse and physician in Endoscopy.
  • Functions independently on all GI Endoscopy procedures, handling instruments, supplies, and equipment during procedures such as Colonoscopy, EGD, EGD with dilatations, EUS, ERCP, Pill Cam, Fine Needle Aspirations, banding varies, enteroscopy, endoscopic mucosal resections, stent placements, PEG tube placement, and other complex procedures.
  • Assists in performing GI Endoscopy procedures, and managing supplies and complex equipment.- Obtains documents and communicates technical data to the RN and physician.
  • Assists the gastroenterologist by performing such procedures as obtaining specimens, cytology, injecting contrast solutions, dye, and suctioning.
  • Correctly obtains handles, manages, labels, and submits specimens.- Prepares procedure room for the performance of a GI procedure.
  • Sets up and ensures proper functioning of equipment prior to the procedure, including calibration as indicated.
  • Plans and discusses each procedure with the GI team and assures that all supplies and equipment are available prior to the start of the GI procedure.
  • Operates and maintains medical Instruments and equipment for diagnostic and treatment procedures.
  • Practices principles of sterile and aseptic technique, preparing instruments independently and Without direct supervision.
  • Utilizes universal precautions and follows all Infection control policies and procedures, when handling specimens, supplies, and equipment.
  • Follows all RME reprocessing protocols for a high level of disinfection.
  • Observes, identify and immediately correct a break in procedure and/or technique by any member of the GI Endoscopy Team.
  • Interacts with numerous healthcare personnel and all levels of students. May teach or assist in training specific aseptic techniques and operation of equipment.
  • Assists with all activities of the GI/DPP unit, gather and maintain supplies and equipment, cleans equipment, assists with patient care needs, collects patient information/data, transports patients ambulatory or via wheelchair or stretcher, and provides patient education.

Preferred Experience:

  • Three years of clinical/patient care experience.
  • Three years of Endoscopic specialty area experience
  • CPRS/VISTA/Provation Software experience.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM and opportunity for after-hour calls – May be required to work other shifts, be on call, work weekends and/or holidays as patient care and needs of the service required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to the appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) – See “Additional Information” below for details.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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.
  • 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 indicated in this standard under “Titles and Certification/Registrations”.
  • English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
  • May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Grade Determinations:

GS-4

  • 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,
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • GS-5
    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 experienced in operating equipment related to the particular specialization for which the 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.
    OR,
  • 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.
  • In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
  1. Knowledge of standard medical terminology to interpret physician orders or instructions.
  2. Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for 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.

    GS-6
  6. Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
  7. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  8. Ability to set up endoscopy equipment, ensuring endoscopes and ancillary equipment function properly.
  9. Ability to aid the physician with standard and routine procedures such as colonoscopy and
    esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD).
  10. Knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy in order to assist practitioners with routine
    standardized gastroenterology procedures.
  11. Ability to interact with patients explain procedures and position the patient for the procedure,
    recognizing disabilities or impaired mobility and assisting the patient as necessary.
  12. Ability to reprocess and maintain specialty critical reusable medical equipment (RME), following
    approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and universal precautions.
  13. Ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to
    patient privacy and information security policies.
  14. Ability to manually clean and disinfect non-critical reusable equipment and surfaces, dispose of one[1]time-use equipment and trash per facility policy, and restock supplies such as linens, suction equipment, and
    cleaning products.
  • Certification. No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

    GS-7 GI Technician (Full Performance Level)
  • Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled. This would experience that provide knowledge of the proper performance of endoscopic equipment and procedures. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  1. Knowledge of endoscopic equipment and use in basic and complex endoscopic procedures.
  2. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology related to the GI system, with the ability to recognize and report
    obvious abnormalities during procedures.
  3. Ability to assist physicians with specialized, complex procedures.
  4. Knowledge of universal precautions and disinfection techniques and ability to follow SOPs to clean
    reusable medical equipment (RME).
  5. Ability to collaborate, communicate, and demonstrate customer service skills and interpersonal skills
    with all healthcare professionals to ensure quality and continuity of care.
  6. Ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to
    patient privacy and information security policies.
  7. Ability to deliver patient care, including vital sign measurements and medication administration.
  • Certification. No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BLS certification.

Preferred Experience: See DUTIES section

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix GS-27, Appendix L

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-04 to GS-07.

Physical Requirements: 

Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds Light carrying, under 15 pounds, Pulling hand over hand (8-12 hours), Pushing (8-12 hours) Reaching above shoulder Use of fingers Both hands required Walking (8-12 hours) Standing (8-12) hours.

Repeated bending (8-12 hours) Climbing, legs only (8-12 hours), Climbing, use of legs and arms Both legs required, Near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″ to Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid permitted).

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or 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.

Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious, or pregnancy).

VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date.

The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

Benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social).

Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on a resume or during the interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate’s abilities, and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

Benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Required Documents

As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have – whether you’re a permanent, part-time, temporary, or intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you’re eligible under their policies.

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

  • VA Application 10-2850-C (Current within 90 days)
  • Resume
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: About VA Form 10-2850C | Veterans Affairs. The following documents are accepted and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position.
 
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50s (current/former Federal employees), etc.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • OF-306
  • Other Application Documentation
  • VA Application 10-2850-C (Current within 90 days)
  • Other (3)
  • Other (4)
  • Other (5)
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Professional Certification
  • Proof of Marriage Status
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript
Veterans’ Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows the dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.).
 
If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation.
 
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 “Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference” with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans’ Preferences, please visit Feds Hire Vets – Veterans – Job Seekers – Veterans’ Preference.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met.

After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement that all HCP receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons.

Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.

HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers, and VA-leased medical facilities.

HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers, and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities.

HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows, and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.

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  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals, or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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