Medical Instrument Technician (Gastroenterology)

Location
Temple, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Apr 24, 2021
Closes
May 14, 2021
Ref
599451000
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Qualifications
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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).

Preferred Experience:
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
  • At least 2 years GI Technician experience, or experience in similar field
Grade Determinations:
GS-04: 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. 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.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
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-05: 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 [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:
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.

Assignment. Medical Instrument Technicians (Trainee) at this level operate and monitor commonly used equipment performing routine procedures under normal supervision. The technician functions somewhat independently in carrying out these standardized procedures of limited complexity. Deviations from regular procedures, unanticipated problems, and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or help. Some assignments at this level also include developmental duties involving more complex procedures designed to prepare the technician for promotion to higher grades in a functional area. Such duties would be performed under closer supervision.

GS-06: Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-05) 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:
Ability to set up endoscopy equipment, ensuring endoscopes and ancillary equipment functions properly; Ability to aid the physician with standard and routine procedures such as colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD); Knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy in order to assist practitioner with routine standardized gastroenterology procedures; Ability to interact with patients explaining procedures and positioning the patient for the procedure, recognizing disabilities or impaired mobility and assisting the patient as necessary; Ability to reprocess and maintain specialty critical reusable medical equipment (RME), following approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and universal precautions; Ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policies; Ability to manually clean and disinfect non-critical reusable equipment and surfaces, dispose of one-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.
Assignment. Technicians at this level aid the staff with procedures which are routine and standardized in nature. They explain the procedure to the patient to secure the patient's confidence and cooperation; position patients for procedures; and restock linen and consumable supplies. They set-up, clean, and ensure proper performance of the endoscopic equipment; and prepare the procedure rooms for turn-over, adhering to universal precautions and SOPs. The technician logs procedure and reprocessing data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policy. Assignments at this level require knowledge of basic medical terminology as well as common gastrointestinal anatomy. Qualification standards for the GS-07 grade level continue in the Education section of this announcement. Education

GS-07: Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-06) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled. This would be experience which provided knowledge of proper performance of endoscopic equipment and procedures.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of endoscopic equipment and use in basic and complex endoscopic procedures; Knowledge of anatomy and physiology related to the GI system, with ability to recognize and report obvious abnormalities during procedures; Ability to assist physician with specialized, complex procedures; Knowledge of universal precautions and disinfection techniques and ability to follow SOP's to clean reusable medical equipment (RME); Ability to collaborate, communicate, and demonstrate customer service skills and interpersonal skills with all healthcare professionals to ensure quality and continuity of care; Ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policies; 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.

Assignment. This represents the full performance level. Technicians at this level function with minimal instruction, assisting the staff with complex specialized procedures such as ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). They are proficient with GI endoscopic equipment and ensure proper performance of endoscopic equipment; select alternate equipment or adjust equipment settings to accommodate patient needs and produce high quality technique. They collect, process, and label all specimens; train other technicians in basic endoscopic procedures; work in and outside the GI unit offering technician support during emergent and on-call endoscopic cases; and assist the nurse in patient care duties such as obtaining vital signs, dressing and documenting all pertinent information in the patient's records. They inventory and maintain par levels of specialty equipment for the endoscopy unit.
References: VHA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27.

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: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over, Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds, Pulling hand over hand, Pushing, Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking 4 hours, Standing 4 hours, Both 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 to 20/40 in the other, Hearing (aid permitted)
Environmental Factors: Electrical energy, Working around machinery with moving parts, Working closely with others, Working alone

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.

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

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