Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Houston, Texas, Texas
Internal Number: 718682800
This Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) position is located within the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Care Line (DTCL) at Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 1. United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3.g. 2. 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. 3. 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. 4. Grandfathering Provision: 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). 5. English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005 chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a. GRADE DETERMINATION: In addition to meeting the above Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Grade Determination criteria below: Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound), GS-09 (a) Experience. Individuals must possess at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. This would be specialized experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of diagnostic ultrasonography services. To receive credit, you must demonstrate experience through job tasks and list hours worked per week in your resume. (b) In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*) in their resume: Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols that pertain to diagnostic ultrasonography. *Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels. (c) Certification. Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable. You must provide a copy of your valid, current, certification to receive credit. Preferred Experience: Knowledge of Diagnostic Ultrasound exams including liver, spleen, gallbladder, aorta, kidneys, thyroid gland, scrotum, pelvic/ transvaginal, and small parts. Minimum 1 years of hospital experience / patient care. Interpersonal communication---ability to act as a liaison between family member and patients as it relates to patient care. Ability to work closely with all medical personal to include but not limited to Dr's, RN's, DRT's, Management. Knowledge of sterile techniques / maintaining sterile field. Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) and/or ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification References: VA Handbook 5005/54, Part II, Appendix G27. Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard GS-0649, dated June 7, 2012 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. Physical Requirements: The physical demands of the work includes: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; straight pulling; pulling hand over hand; pushing up to 4 hours; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, good dexterity (both hands required); prolonged walking, prolonged standing; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); speed in working; and emotional stability. Must have the ability to stand and work while wearing a lead apron for possibly long periods of time. Work is performed in a health care setting. Work may involve exposure to infection and possible contagious diseases. Standard precautions and isolation techniques will be employed as indicated. There are occasion where response to physical and/or verbal abuse by patients requires knowledge gained from ongoing violence in the workplace training. Working conditions include: outside and inside work; exposure to radiant energy; constant noise (machinery/equipment); working around hazardous machinery with moving parts; working closely with others; working alone; protracted or irregular hours of work; occasional odors; and maybe required to wear a mask. ["This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 29, 2023 or until this position is filled. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be April 26, 2023 and every Wednesday or as needed until it closes. Current permanent VA employees, Federal employees from and other federal agency should apply under CBST-11922446-23-AYC. Duties include but are not limited to: Receives patients, explains methods of the procedure, positions the patient, and makes necessary scanning adjustment for the requested examination. Independently performs standard ultrasound examinations such as abdomen, thyroid, scrotum, pelvic, extremities and small parts. Confers with the radiologist to establish requirements of nonstandard examinations and determines technical factors positioning to satisfy the requirements which are crucial to patient diagnosis. Schedules patients for examination, evaluates nature of critical and emergency procedures and rearranges patients' priorities to accommodate them. Advises radiologist or referring physician of results of examination and provides them with a preliminary diagnostic evaluation. Notifies them of significant examinations requiring their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination. Evaluates new products and equipment for possible future purchase. Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to supervisor those, which would improve the operation of the section. Attends seminars, conferences, and continuing education programs. Prepares examination room for various procedures. Using aseptic/sterile technique sets up trays with proper needles, medications, test tubes, etc., for the procedures to be performed. Maintains supplies required for all ultrasound examinations/ procedures. Assists manufacturer representatives and biomedical engineers in the calibration and troubleshooting of malfunctions associated with each ultrasound unit. Performs a proportionate number of examinations. Explains purpose of the exam to be performed and any requirements of the exam to the patients and unit staff. Modifies standard procedures and adapt precedent situations to individualize each imaging procedure objectives of the study and the patient's disease process. Demonstrates initiative in learning of new developments and recommending adoption of nonstandard approaches to improve established procedures. Makes minor equipment adjustments, repairs and exercises care in the handling and safeguarding of all equipment. Technologist will check equipment for proper function prior to performing procedures. Report equipment malfunction in a timely manner. When necessary, a Maximo ticket shall be entered to ensure timely repairs and so as proper attention is ensured to maintain the integrity of the equipment. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 3:30 pm to Midnight, required to be On call / Work Holidays & weekends on rotating based Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 580-00060-F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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