Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician EKG (Electrocardiograph) in Augusta, Georgia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Augusta, GA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 9/15/2016 (163 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 3/31/2017 (34 day(s) away)

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1802846

*This position is open continuous, applications will be reviewed and referred every two weeks as positions become available. *

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.

Augusta Georgia is the home of the world renowned 'Masters' golf tournament and is Georgia's second oldest and second largest city. Please visit the official Augusta website to learn more about this ever changing and exciting city: http://www.augustaga.org/

The Augusta Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is a two-division Medical Center that provides tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and spinal cord injury. The Medical Center is affiliated with the Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA and as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. This facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits.

Current VA employees should apply under announcement OD-16-LC-1803024-438-BU

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.

  • Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • Current permanent Federal employees will receive first consideration when filling vacancies.

Duties

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Division, Specialty Care Service Line Functional Statement Title/#:Medical Instrument Technician (EKG)/F00514/F00516 and Medical Instrument Technician (EKG) Trainee/F00161/F00513

Major Duties include the following:

  • Performs

standard EKGs and stress tests on hospitalized critically ill inpatients and outpatients. Must be skilled and knowledgeable in using techniques unique to each situation in order to obtain quality tracings.

  • Prepares patients for recording 24-hour holter tracings as well as event monitors and performing cardiac stress tests and SAECGs after cross training as required from time to time.

  • Apply GE Seer light holter recorders, or similar holter systems as well as Instromedix type event recorder or similar event recorders to patients using correct electrode positions for obtaining smooth continuous heart recording.

  • Performs cardiac and nuclear cardiac stress test.

  • Operate and monitor Electrocardiographic equipment to perform specialized examinations and studies involving exercise stress testing, ambulatory monitoring of arrhythmias, and indirect carotid pulse tracings on chronic patients.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:Experience in conducting Stress Tests.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
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.
  • Licensure, Certification and/or Registration
Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician (Electrocardiograph) Qualification Standards http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm.

*English Language Proficiency: Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken

*Citizenship: U.S Citizenship is required (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.)

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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

*GS-4 *

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 to meeting the basic requirements, applicants at this grade level must demonstrate the following (KSAs) knowledge, skills, and abilities. If selected for the position KSAs need to be completed on plain paper, with a narrative description of experience, education and training as related to each skill.

  1. Knowledge of basic medical terminology.

  2. Ability to learn the components, operating characteristics, and settings of the equipment to be used.

  3. Ability to learn typical patient reactions to the basic procedures involved and ability to recognize signs of distress.

  4. Ability to learn the standard positions for the procedure being conducted.

  5. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Assignments.At this level assignments are trainee in nature. The medical instrument technician trainee is performing limited routine assignments of a developmental nature under close supervision.

GS-5

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 to meeting the basic requirements, applicants at this grade level must demonstrate the following (KSAs) knowledge, skills, and abilities. If selected for the position KSAs need to be completed on plain paper, with a narrative description of experience, education and training as related to each skill.

  1. Knowledge of standard medical terminology to interpret physician orders or instructions.

  2. Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment.

  3. Ability to learn the normal and abnormal results for routine procedures to recognize and report obvious abnormalities.

  4. Ability to operate the equipment to administer routine/standard diagnostic treatment or procedures.

  5. 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.

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 to meeting the basic requirements, applicants at this grade level must demonstrate the following (KSAs) knowledge, skills, and abilities. If selected for the position KSAs need to be completed on plain paper, with a narrative description of experience, education and training as related to each skill.

  1. Ability to recognize special patient needs such as disabilities, impaired mobility, and complicating medical conditions in order to prepare and position the patient for the prescribed procedure.

  2. Knowledge of the specialized equipment and accessories appropriate to Holter monitoring and ability to perform such tests.

  3. Knowledge of universal precautions and sterilization techniques and ability to follow CDC guidelines in cleaning equipment.

  4. Ability to monitor the patient for adverse reactions and take appropriate action.

  5. Ability to operate the equipment to perform standard and routine highly specialized procedures including exercise stress testing.

Certification.None; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) certification.

Assignment.Medical instrument technicians (EKG) at this level receive and interpret physician’s requests for diagnostic procedures and/or treatments; explain the procedure to the patient to secure the patient’s confidence and cooperation; document the patient’s record; independently perform standardized testing monitoring the patient for adverse reactions; and operate, calibrate, and clean and/or sterilize commonly used equipment.

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. This would be experience which provided knowledge of the equipment, standard tests and procedures, and typical readings including arrhythmias and abnormalities.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants at this grade level must demonstrate the following (KSAs) knowledge, skills, and abilities. If selected for the position KSAs need to be completed on plain paper, with a narrative description of experience, education and training as related to each skill.

  1. Knowledge of typical patient reactions and signs of distress including the ability to recognize, report and treat potentially lethal arrhythmias.

  2. Knowledge of common equipment settings and standardized procedures plus knowledge of common errors and corrective measures.

  3. Ability to modify procedures/positions to obtain the correct results with patients with complicating conditions such as amputations, Parkinson’s disease, structural defects, and scar tissue.

  4. Ability to act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded technicians.

  5. Ability to conduct in-service training on the EKG equipment and related instrumentation.

Certification.None; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certifications.

Assignment.This represents the full performance level. Medical instrument technicians (EKG) at this level monitor tracings to identify arrhythmias and when gross abnormalities appear, when to repeat certain procedures, when to stop test procedures, and when to get the immediate attention of a physician.

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:The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing or walking for prolonged periods of time; climbing, both legs required, frequent bending, reaching, stooping, and stretching to set up and take apart medical instrument equipment; both hands required; lifting (light and moderate up to 44 pounds) and repositioning patients; Light carrying (under 15 pounds). Ability to access all patient care areas as required.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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 is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $28,886.00 to $52,043.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0649-04/07

Promotion Potential: 7

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens and Permanent Employees of Other Federal Agencies

Control Number: 450667300

Job Announcement Number: OD-16-LC-1802846-437-BU