Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Gastroenterology) in Kansas City, Missouri
The Kansas City VA Medical Center is seeking three highly qualified Medical Instrument Technicians (Gastroenterology) to work in our Medical Subspecialty Service Line. This position is located within the Gastroenterology (GI) Suite at the Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center. The GI Endoscopy suite is responsible for providing high quality comprehensive care to all veterans that require elective & emergent invasive GI procedures.
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The Medical Instrument Technician (MIT) is responsible for the overall technical management of the GI suite. Technical skills vary from preliminary cleaning of instruments to a high level of competency in the function and operation of sophisticated computerized video endoscopic instruments and fluoroscopes. Patient teaching occurs in both pre- and post-procedural settings. The technician must be able to adapt quickly to unusual and emergent situations or special request of the physicians for completion of the procedures.
The MIT performs and assists in diagnostic examinations. Procedures include, but are not limited to: Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Enteroscopy, EUS, Paracentesis, Peg Tube placements (removal), Smart pills, Dilation, Manometry, Bronchoscopy, EBUS, and ERCP. The MIT educates/instructs the patient in the procedure to be performed and takes part in the post-procedure care of the patient. The MIT works with state of the art technology. Assists with scheduling and coordinating special procedures, preparation and logistics of patients and operation and maintenance of bio-medical equipment including video endoscopes, state of the art laser and fluoroscopy diagnostic equipment. Prepares the procedure room for the performance of GI endoscopic procedures under the direction of the Endoscopist, Nurse Manager and Charge Nurse assisting with procedures with minimal supervision. Serves as an integral part of the endoscopy team of physicians, nurses and technicians in the performance of endoscopic procedures (with and without endoscopic therapeutics). Responsible for high level disinfection of endoscopes, leak checks of all scopes, preventive maintenance and minor repairs of all equipment. Cleans and hecks-laser fibers. Maintains adequate inventory of supplies and places orders as well as follows through on obtaining any deficient supplies/equipment. Attends and participates in endoscopy staff meetings. When not assisting in diagnostic procedures the Medical Instrument Technician is expected to answer phones, assist in the recovery/pre-operative area, restock, and general administrative functions, and data entry skills.
Work Schedule: Varied Day Shift with On-Call hours Functional* Statement Title/#:* Medical Instrument Technician (Gastroenterology) Fi*nancial Disclosure Report:* Not Required.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/31/2019. 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. * English Language Proficiency:Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a. * 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. For all specialties identified in this standard, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition. Preferred Experience: GI-Endoscopy experience
Required Certification: Basic Life Support Certification (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is preferred.
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, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 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.
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, the candidate must demonstrate the following: 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, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA's: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 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 findings. 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.
GS-6*Experience:* At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA's: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 1. Ability to set up endoscopy equipment, insuring endoscopes and ancillary equipment functions properly. 2. Ability to aid the physician with standard and routine procedures such as colonoscopy and esophagogastro duodenoscopy (EGD). 3. Knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy in order to assist practitioner with routine standardized gastroenterology procedures. 4. Ability to interact with patients explaining procedures and positioning the patient for the procedure, recognizing disabilities or impaired mobility and assisting the patient as necessary. 5. Ability to reprocess and maintain specialty critical reusable medical equipment following approved Standard Operating Procedures and universal precautions. 6. Ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policies. 7. Ability to manually clean and disinfect non-critical reusable equipment and surfaces, dispose of one-time-use equipment and trash per facility policy, and restock supplies such as linens, suction equipment, and cleaning products.
GS-7 Experience: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled. This would be experience which provided knowledge of proper performance of endoscopic equipment and procedures. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA's: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 1. Knowledge of endoscopic equipment and use in basic and complex endoscopic procedures. 2. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology related to the GI system, with ability to recognize and report obvious abnormalities during procedures. 3. Ability to assist physician with specialized, complex procedures. 4. Knowledge of universal precautions and disinfection techniques and ability to follow SOP's to clean reusable medical equipment.5. Ability to collaborate, communicate, and demonstrate customer service skills and interpersonal skills with all healthcare professionals to ensure quality and continuity of care. 6. Ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policies. 7. Ability to deliver patient care, including vital sign measurements and medication administration.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-04 to GS-07.
References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G27 dated March 17, 2006. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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Physical Requirements:High levels of energy and stamina are needed to cope with the demands of a rigorous job. While performing duties of this job the Endoscopy Technician is frequently required to stand, walk, bend and reach. Good strength and well developed musculoskeletal function are necessary for occasional lifting and positioning or transfer of patients who are sedated. Highly refined dexterity is necessary to handle demands of highly sophisticated procedures and equipment. Excellent visual skills are necessary for evaluation of clinical status of patients and adequacy of small biopsy specimens. Must be able to lift and/or move over 50 pounds. Incumbent must have good manual dexterity and keyboarding skills. Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens.
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(816) 861-4700 X53834
Kansas City VA Medical Center 4801 Linwood Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64128 US
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Open & closing dates: 02/08/2019 to 12/31/2019
Pay scale & grade: GS 4 - 7
Salary: $30,036 to $54,113 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time