Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Anesthesia) in North Chicago, Illinois

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1976337

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes!

This position is located within the SPECIALTY CARE MEDICINE AND SURGERY at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility. Join the FHCC's team of energetic, career-minded professionals!

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.

Duties

Setting up, maintaining, and cleaning anesthesia equipment. Transporting patients to and from operating rooms. Assisting in patient position for spinal, epidurals, and regional blocks. Cleaning and restocking anesthesia carts. Performing basic trouble shooting techniques. At the full performance level, Incumbent will aid anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists in less-complex anesthetic procedures such as regional anesthesia (epidural and spinal), laryngeal mask anesthesia, and monitor anesthesia care under close supervision.

Duties also include the following:

  • Inspects and if necessary changes CO2 absorber.
  • Inspects and if necessary changes EKG tables.
  • Inspects and organizes transducer cables.
  • Assures that clean suction tubing and suction catheter is present.
  • Assures that a clean anesthesia circuit is present on the machine.
  • Assures that a pulse oximeter cable is present.
  • Assures that varying sizes of clean blood pressure cuffs are in the room.
  • Sets up IV's arterial and central lines as needed.

Work Schedule:* Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm. *Functional Statement Title/#:Medical Instrument Technician (Anesthesia)

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • May be required to serve a probationary period.
Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Licensure or Certifications (Not required but strongly desirable at the GS-06 grade level and above.)
  • English Proficiency.

Preferred Expeirence: Basic Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at the GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.

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.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

In addition to the basic requirements above the following is the amount of experience required to qualify for this position at a GS-06, GS-7 or GS-8 grade level.

GS-6 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.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA's:

  1. Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology (specifically cardiac and pulmonary).

  2. Knowledge and application of safety and infection control processes.

  3. Ability to serve as a circulating technician for supplies and to assist with documentation of hemodynamic patient data.

  4. Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies and equipment appropriate to less complex anesthetic procedures, such as those found in Ambulatory Surgery.

Certification: No certification or registration is required. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certifications is desirable for employees at this level.

GS-7 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.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA's:

  1. Knowledge of the fundamentals of standard equipment operation, calibration and functions.

  2. Knowledge of correct of non-invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology.

  3. Ability to appropriately interact with patients during anesthetic procedures.

  4. Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies and equipment appropriate to routine anesthetic procedures, such as those found in typical inpatient settings.

Certification: No certification or registration is required. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certifications is desirable for employees at this level.

GS-8 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.

  1. Knowledge of the correct use of invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology.

  2. Knowledge of basic electrocardiography (EKG).

  3. Skill and ability to troubleshoot equipment, often while patient is anesthetized.

  4. Skill and ability to maintain sterility during procedures.

  5. Knowledge and understanding of arterial pressure line wave forms including the ability to recognize and distinguish normal from abnormal, artifact from abnormality, and forewarn the physician or anesthetist of an impending life-threatening situation.

  6. Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies, medications, and equipment appropriate to more difficult anesthetic procedures such as those found in inpatients settings with more acutely ill patients.

Certification: No certification or registration is required. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certifications is desirable for employees at this level.

References: VA Handbook 5005/54 Part II Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician Qualifications Standard

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.

Physical Requirements: Work is mainly sedentary but requires some bending, walking, standing, pushing of carts and equipment, and the carrying of such items as patient records, light sterile supplies, and letter mail.

Medical Instrument Technician Functional Requirements: Moderate Lifting (15 -44 lbs ); Moderate Carrying (15 - 44 lbs); Pushing (.5 hour); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Kneeling (.5 hour); Repeated bending (.5 hour); Climbing, legs only (.25 hour); 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 other; Ability to distinguish basic color; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental & Emotional Stability (Must be able to function in stresssful situations).

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. 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.

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BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

Receiving Service Credit for 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

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

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

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472478600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $40,362.00 to $64,572.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0649-06/08

Promotion Potential: 08

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Current, permanent, civilian employees of the FHCC (and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics) where this vacancy is offered, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and employees of other Federal Agenices.

Control Number: 472478600

Job Announcement Number: DK-17-1976337-BU