Medical Instrument Technician-EKG

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
May 23, 2018
Closes
May 31, 2018
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Physical Requirements: In accordance with physical requirements in VA Handbook 5019, the work will require long periods of regular and recurring standing and walking (8 hours) with regular and recurring heavy lifting (45 lbs).
  • Physical Requirements Cont: Ability to bend, stoop, squat, kneel, move body and extremeities quickly; push and pull equipement; carry equipment and supplies withouth personal limitaiton or restrictions
  • 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.
    • English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. Nursing Assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
    • Education or Training: Successful completion of one (1) year of education above high school with courses related to the Nursing Assistant occupation. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
    Grade Determinations:
    GS-4 (Entry Level):
    Experience and Education: 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.
    ~OR~
    Education. Successful completion of two (2) 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. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
    ~AND~
    In addition to the experience or education above, at the GS-4 level, you must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) below:
    • Knowledge of basic medical terminology
    • Ability to learn the components, operating characteristics, and settings of the equipment to be used.
    • Ability to learn typical patient reactions to the basic procedures involved and ability to recognize signs of distress.
    • Ability to learn the standard positions for the procedure being conducted.
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

    GS-5:
    In addition to the Basic Requirements above, to qualify for this position at the GS-5 level, you must meet one of the following requirements:
    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 in operating equipment related to the particular specialization for which 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 four (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. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. ~AND~
    In addition to the experience or education above, at the GS-5 level, you must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) below:
    • Knowledge of standard medical terminology to interpret physician orders or instructions.
    • Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment.
    • Ability to learn the normal and abnormal results for routine procedures to recognize and report obvious abnormalities.
    • Ability to operate the equipment to administer routine/standard diagnostic treatment or procedures.
    • Ability to perform standard operator maintenance on the equipment including the ability to disassemble, clean, reassemble, and calibrate the machine.

    GS-6:
    In addition to the Basic Requirements above, to qualify for this position at the GS-6 level, you must meet the following requirements:
    Experience:
    You must have at least one (1) full year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5) which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the duties of the positions to be filled.
    ~AND~
    In addition to the experience above, at the GS-6 level, you must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) below:
    • Ability to recognize special patient needs such as disabilities, impaired mobility, and complicating medical conditions in order to prepare and position the patient for the prescribed procedure.
    • Knowledge of the specialized equipment and accessories appropriate to Holter monitoring and ability to perform such tests.
    • Knowledge of universal precautions and sterilization techniques and ability to follow CDC guidelines in cleaning equipment.
    • Ability to monitor the patient for adverse reactions and take appropriate action.
    • Ability to operate the equipment to perform standard and routine highly specialized procedures including exercise stress testing.
    Certification. No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) certification.

    GS-7 (Full performance Level)
    In addition to the Basic Requirements above, to qualify for this position at the GS-7 level, you must meet the following requirements:
    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.
    ~AND~
    In addition to the experience above, at the GS-7 level, you must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) below:
    • Knowledge of typical patient reactions and signs of distress including the ability to recognize, report and treat potentially lethal arrhythmias.
    • Knowledge of common equipment settings and standardized procedures plus knowledge of common errors and corrective measures.
    • 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.
    • Ability to act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded technicians.
    • 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.

    References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G27. Medical Instrument Technician, dated June 7, 2012. http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-4 to GS-7. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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

    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

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

    Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    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.

    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.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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    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.

    NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

    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; religions; 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.

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