Surgical Technician - Operating Room

Location
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Apr 29, 2021
Closes
May 11, 2021
Ref
599720200
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Qualifications
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. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. The English Language proficiency statement appears as a Selective Placement Factor on the Assessment Questionnaire.
AND

A Quality Ranking Factor* (QRF) has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. *Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.

The quality ranking factor for this position is: Do you have the knowledge and/or experience in assisting the surgeon by performing such procedures as preparing skin grafts, suctioning, holding retractors, applying skin staples, and cutting sutures?

GENERAL AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-4: Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is six (6) months of general experience. General Experience is any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position or which provides a familiarity with environment.: (1) any type of work that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation and six (6) months of specialized experience may include: having knowledge of highly technical medical instruments, human anatomy, physiology, and aseptic technique to prepare and protect the sterile field during surgery.
OR
Specialized Experience GS-5: Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: knowledge of highly technical medical instruments, human anatomy, physiology, and aseptic technique to prepare and protect the sterile field during surgery; a wide variety of complex surgical procedures and possible complications in order to prepare for the procedure; protocol to select the correct instruments for a procedure, anticipate the needs of the surgeon during the procedure, and on a regular and recurring basis recognize and respond to a variety of critical situations, including emergency and life-threatening conditions; have a technical knowledge on the use and effects of anesthesia in order to recognize the hazards of anesthetic agents and to recognize and respond to adverse conditions during the course of the procedures; assisting in setting up sterile fields with required items for each procedures;
OR
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-6: Has at least one (1) full year of specialized experience that equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Surgical Technician. This experience must have been equivalent to the GS-05 level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: knowledge of highly technical medical instruments, human anatomy, physiology, and aseptic technique to prepare and protect the sterile field during surgery; a wide variety of complex surgical procedures and possible complications in order to prepare for the procedure; protocol to select the correct instruments for a procedure, anticipate the needs of the surgeon during the procedure, and on a regular and recurring basis recognize and respond to a variety of critical situations, including emergency and life-threatening conditions; have a technical knowledge on the use and effects of anesthesia in order to recognize the hazards of anesthetic agents and to recognize and respond to adverse conditions during the course of the procedures; assisting in setting up sterile fields with required items for each procedures; assure that all supplies and equipment are available prior to the surgical procedure; assist surgical team members in quality improvement activities; making sure the surgical team has functional equipment; operates, calibrates and maintains commonly used instruments; adheres to sterilization methods to clean instruments, of medical and surgical conditions and potential complications, medical terminology, and monitoring of medical equipment.

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • Accountability
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Production and Processing
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Ranking Factor
  • Specimen Collection


IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such 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.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. Education

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

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE GS-4: having at least two (2) years of study at an accredited community college, junior college, or college or university that included at least twelve (12) semester hours in subjects directly related to the position being filled? (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
OR
Combination of Education and Specialized Experience GS-4: having equivalent combinations of creditable experience and education as described above may meet the total experience requirements for the Health Technician position? (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

OR
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE GS-5: Successful completion of a full four (4-year) course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, with major study or at least twenty-four (24) semester hours in subjects directly related to this Health Technician position. (Transcript required)
OR
Combination of Education and Specialized Experience GS-5: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. (Transcript required)

OR
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE GS-6: having six (6) months of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-6. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one (1) year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, eighteen (18) semester hours should be considered as satisfying the one (1) year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).
OR
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE GS-6: having the equivalent combinations of experience and graduate education directly related to the work of this position? (One (1) full year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent a year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained, eighteen (18) semester hours should be considered as satisfying the one year of full-time study). (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).

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.

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