Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration MEDICAL INSTRUMENT TECHNICIAN (VASCULAR) in Memphis, Tennessee
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Memphis, TN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Friday 3/11/2016 (225 day(s) ago)
** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (70 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1629185
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.
The VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and nine community based outpatient clinics (CBOC). It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs. Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics. Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center. Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).
Of the nine active CBOCs in the catchment area, three are VA staffed and 6 are contracted. The VA Memphis South CBOC, located 8 miles from the Memphis VA Medical Center, provided primary and mental health care to 7,174 Veterans. The VA Memphis North CBOC, located 11 miles from the medical center also provided primary and mental health services and saw 5,696 patients. The VA Memphis Jackson CBOC, located 80 miles from the medical center, saw 6,390 patients. The VAMC Memphis also has contract CBOCs located in Smithville and Byhalia, MS; Jonesboro and Helena, AR; Savannah and Dyersburg, TN, which provide primary and mental health care to Veterans. As a result, the Memphis VA Medical Center CBOCs improve access and reduce the travel distance for approximately 33,000 Veterans in outlying counties.
The VAMC in Memphis is part of the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network, VISN 9, which includes facilities in Lexington and Louisville, KY; Huntington,WV; and Nashville and Mountain Home, TN.
For more information about the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/
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.
Current VA employees should apply under VIN 1522984.
This position is located in the Surgical Service at the Memphis VA Medical Center. The Medical Instrument Technician is expected to perform a full range of vascular ultrasound procedures. The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
- Performing noninvasive diagnostic procedures of the major veins and arteries peripheral to the heart;
- Applying quantitative and qualitative methods of assessing arterial, venous, and cerebrovascular vessels to evaluate blood flow, identify collateral pathways and anatomical pathology, or obtain vessel measurements;
- Performing procedures according to established and validated techniques using a variety of modalities and testing equipment;
- Performing complex procedures which includes intra-operative scanning, ultrasound guided needed aspiration and injection;
- Scheduling patients for examinations;
- Evaluating the nature of critical and emergency procedures, and rearranges patients scheduled to accommodate them;
- Maintaining records and film files of patients examined; and
- Cross-indexing interesting cases for teaching purposes.
Work Schedule: Full Time; Monday through Friday; 8:00am to 4:30pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Medical Instrument Technician (Vascular)
- Not Required
- 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.
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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.
Licensure or Certification. 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 the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.
English Language Proficiency.Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience: Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Vascular Sonographer (RVS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable.
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.
GS-6: 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 which demonstrates the knowledge skills and abilities to perform routine, standardized vascular ultrasound procedures where the technician is not expected to deviate from established procedures. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Ability to perform standardized, routine vascular ultrasound procedures and/or examinations of upper and lower extremity, abdominal, and extra-cranial cerebrovascular vessels.
Knowledge of anatomy and physiology including location and function of major body organs and structures as they relate to vascular ultrasonography.
Ability to prepare preliminary reports from examination including documentation of procedural difficulties in the medical record.
No certification or registration is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) certification.
Assignments at this level are characterized by the performance of routine, standardized vascular ultrasound procedures and techniques in accordance with instructions.
GS-7: 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 positions to be filled. This would be experience which demonstrates that the technician has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform complex procedures requiring the ability to select appropriate equipment based on symptomology and the objective of the examination and the ability to adapt procedures and techniques to enhance diagnostic results. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Ability to perform noninvasive vascular ultrasound procedures or examinations of upper and lower vessels which require adaption of procedures or instruments.
Knowledge of anatomy and physiology including location and function of major body organs and structures as they relate to vascular ultrasonography. This would also include knowledge of physiological influences on the hemodynamics of blood flow.
Knowledge pharmacology and chemistry to understand drug reactions, action, effects, and method of administration specifically related to vascular ultrasonography.
Knowledge of disease entities that impact the vascular system and their influence on the test results to select the appropriate procedures.
Ability to obtain patient history and perform an appropriate physical assessment based on patient presentation and type of exam to include observation, inspection, auscultation, and palpation.
No certification or registration is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certifications.
At the GS-7 level the medical instrument technician (vascular) is expected to perform complex noninvasive vascular testing for diagnostic purposes. These procedures are performed with a variety of testing equipment and modalities to include B mode scanning, duplex imaging, Doppler spectral analysis, photoplethysmography, and upper and lower extremity, digit, and pensile blood pressures. The technician must be able to deviate from normal technique when necessary.
GS-8: 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 demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform noninvasive vascular ultrasound procedures as a senior technician. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of cross-sectional and longitudinal vascular anatomy in normal and abnormal vessels, anatomical planes and tissue structures, physiologic effects of disease entities that impact the vascular system, signs and symptoms of acute and chronic vascular disease, and the characteristic appearance of aneurysms, pseudoaneurysms, thromboses, stenoses, occlusions, AV fistulae, and morphology of atherosclerotic plaque formulation.
Ability to provide Doppler information of peripheral vessels; demonstrate characteristic differences related to the organs they supply; accurately quantify carotid artery stenoses; and identify and correlate specific waveform analysis, plethysmographic tracings, velocity changes, and pressure gradients characteristic of normal, obstructed, or occluded vessels or grafts.
Ability to perform intracranial (transcranial) vascular examinations.
Ability to operate the instruments to extract the highest quality image utilizing the appropriate transducer frequency, Doppler angle, focal zones, gain, depth, color map, wall filter, and sample volume.
Ability to provide objective data to document progression or regression of disease.
At the GS-8 level the medical instrument technician (vascular) functions as a senior technician. They are expected to perform the full range of vascular ultrasound procedures including the most complex and non-routine and to make appropriate adjustments in established procedures and techniques to obtain the results required for clinical diagnosis and documentation. At this level the technician would also have the ability to perform intracranial (transcranial) vascular examinations.
References: VA Handbook 5005 http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc
can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
When using specialized experience to qualify for a specific grade level, your resume' must demonstrate that you meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) indicated for that grade level. The link to the full qualification standard can be accessed here: *http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf***
DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your responses.
Physical Requirements:Assists patients on and off the table and will be required to sit, stand, carry or lift in the performance of daily duties and responsibilities. Light lifting (under 15 lbs.); Light carrying (15-44 lbs.); reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; both hands required; both legs required; standing (4-6 hours); ability for simultaneously rapid mental and muscular coordination; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish basic shades of color; hearing (aid permitted).
What To Expect Next
After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.
We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.
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.**
Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accomadations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accomodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommadation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade,transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
Probationary Period:New appointees are required to serve a 1 year probationary period.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Salary Range: $35,609.00 to $56,974.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0649-06/08
Promotion Potential: 08
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Control Number: 429818700
Job Announcement Number: RZ-16-SSC-1629185-HT38