Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Electrocardiograph Technician-EKG) in Palo Alto, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
6 vacancies in the following location:
  • Palo Alto, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (19 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1816233

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 VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.

VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital with an affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine which provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties. Our Health Care System operates over 800 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary - all to serve more than 67,000 enrolled Veterans.

You can learn more about VAPAHCS by visiting 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 and/or Federal employees should apply under VK-17-AV-1816245-BU .

NOTE: Declining to be interviews, failure to respond/accept interview attempts, or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.


Work Schedule:* *Monday to Sunday, Shifts vary to meet the needs of the unit.

The MIT-Electrocardiograph Technician (EKG) monitor the patient's electrocardiogram waveforms in a centralized station and notify the appropriate clinical staff as directed. He/she must be willing to work cooperatively as a member of the inpatient team and demonstrate customer service principals in all aspects of work. He/she will perform job duties independently and in accordance with established departmental and hospital procedures, including telemetry monitoring and patient care-related procedures.

*The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: *

  • Provides continuous cardiac surveillance, rhythm interpretation, and reporting of monitor tracings of patients to appropriate clinical staff.
  • Continuously monitors electrocardiogram tracings, oxygen saturation, central venous pressures, and arterial pressure wave forms and values.
  • Recognizes changes in patients' condition and is astute in identifying the need for intervention.
  • Operates and monitors ECG equipment to perform specialized examinations and studies involving identifying location of myocardium injury and ischemia.
  • Routinely evaluates the integrity of equipment both prior to placement on patient and during the patient's telemetry monitoring.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination and drug testing.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • *English Language Proficiency. *Medical Instrument Technician must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a.
  • *Physical Requirements. *See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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 Determinations:

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 duties of Medical Instrument Technician [Electrocardiograph Technician-EKG]. This would be experience which provided knowledge of the equipment, standard tests and procedures, and typical readings including arrhythmias and abnormalities. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  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: No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certifications.

References: VA Handbook 5005/54 PART II APPENDIX GS27. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: 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.

*Drug Testing: *All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug 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 the VA. In addition, any offer of employment will be rescinded with a verified positive drug test. VA employees in drug testing designated positions are also subject to post appointment random drug testing.

Physical Requirements:

Functional requirements require heavy lifting and carrying (45 pounds and over); pushing (4 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking and standing (6 hours); kneeling (intermittently); climbing; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; 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; and hearing aid permitted

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

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

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.

Salary Range: $47,525.00 to $61,783.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0649-07/07

Promotion Potential: 07

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452264400

Job Announcement Number: VK-17-AV-1816233-BU