Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis)

Memphis Tennessee
Feb 18, 2021
Mar 20, 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
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: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d)
  • 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.
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).

Preferred Experience:
  • 5 years dialysis experience
  • CCHT or Bonet certification
  • Basic electronic dialysis machine experience preferred

Grade Determinations:
Appendix G- Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis), GS-8.

Specialized Experience: One (1) year specialized experience equivalent at the GS-7 Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis). Examples of specialized experience are: Ability to assist the physician in more complex procedures such as central venous catheter insertion; Ability to assist in training patients in home/self-care by teaching components of machine operation including water treatment and monitoring patients for compliance; Ability to act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded technicians; Ability to analyze deviations from the expected, determine whether the deviations are machine or patient related, and respond according to the findings.

Assignment. This represents the full performance level. At this level the hemodialysis technician serves as a member of a dialysis team performing dialysis on acutely ill patients including those within an intensive care setting. Assignments involve performing both peritoneal and hemodialysis procedures. The dialysis technician may participate in percutaneous renal biopsies, watching the patient during the procedure and properly processing the specimen. Assists the physician in peritoneal catheter insertions and observes the patient for vital signs and provides post operative care. Provides instruction and monitors patients for home dialysis. Performs training of physicians, nurses, and technicians on hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis techniques.

Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
  1. Knowledge of the hemodialysis process and equipment needed for home/self care including knowledge of common machine problems and repairs to such equipment.
  2. Knowledge of the equipment and procedures for peritoneal dialysis.
  3. Ability to assist the physician with percutaneous renal biopsies and peritoneal catheter insertion.
  4. Ability to provide instruction to dialysis patients in home/self care and in the maintenance of the equipment.
  5. Ability to provide instruction for physicians, nurses, and other personnel in dialysis procedures, equipment operation and maintenance, etc.
Creditable Experience - Knowledge of Current Medical Instrument Technician Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current Medical Instrument Technician practice appropriate to the identified specialty area.

References: VA Handbook 5005/54. Part II. Appendix G27. Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard GS-649. Dated June 7, 2012.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8.

Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting and Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling, Pushing, Walking, Standing, Kneeling, Repeated bending, Keyboarding, Viewing computer screen (8 - 12 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands and legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); and Emotional/Mental stability. Education

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

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