This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until December 29, 2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be May 18, 2023, with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st of each month. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. 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. English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English. 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). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the criteria for the grade requirement must be met. GS-8 (a) 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 a knowledge of the more complex procedures as well as knowledge of the uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Advanced knowledge or the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and the ability to recognize uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders. 2. Ability to summarize and report polysomnographic data in narrative form. 3. Knowledge of event characteristics (e.g., respiratory, cardiac, sleep stage, seizures, etc.) and ability to take appropriate action. 4. Ability to provide briefings and orientation to hospital staff including physicians. (c) Certification. No certification or registration is required. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard, dated June 7, 2012. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-08. ["Duties include but not limited to: Scans patient's health records of common and complicated medical conditions pertinent to the performance of sleep testing procedures. He/she explains the procedure to patients to insure patient comfort for optional recording of sleep studies. Anticipates and corrects patient discomfort, mechanical and electrical interface (artifacts). Scans/examines environment of recording to detect and eliminate possible sources of artifacts in order to preserve integrity of recording. Recognizes patient movements and diagnostic findings and makes changes in recording techniques and parameters to optimize display of the phenomenon in question. Performs patient physical assessments related to sleep disorders, including mask fittings and adjustments, etc. Conducts patient setups, calibration and acquisition performance verification; performs pre and post-test calibrations. Able to perform monitoring of multiple physiological data throughout the specific tests conducted. Troubleshoots polysomnographic recording equipment. Identifies and treats appropriately sleep related breathing disorders. Integrates polysomnographic data into patient care by coordinating care with other functional areas of the Sleep Center, such as CPAP Clinic and Sleep Clinics. Provides patient instructions and education. Recognizes the need for medical intervention if patient safety is at risk. Removes, and sterilizes electrodes and sensors at completion of study, as needed; orders necessary supplies and equipment's for the Sleep Lab, etc. Able to perform timely sleep staging of the sleep studies according to the latest professional standards and specific VA Sleep Lab protocols, generates reports for physician interpretations, assists physicians and trainees in insuring quality standards of the sleep reports are maintained. Evaluates the validity of data in relation to the testing system and accepted procedures. Correlates quantitative data with patient data (i.e., history, medications, card downloads, etc) to verify results. Performs additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results. Recognizes abnormal results that require immediate attention by the physician and reports them directly. Makes appropriate phone calls and uses appropriate communication means (e.g., faxes) to obtain data from non-VA sources, documents the interaction and makes the documentation available to the providers and medical records department. Must be reliable, able to work independently and be self-motivated. Performs other duties as assigned by management. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 0730 - 1600 (Subject to change based on Agency needs.) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: F51620 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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