U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Medical Supply Technician - SPS
The Medical Supply Technician will rotate assignments to include but not limited to: Decontamination, Endoscope Reprocessing, Surgical and Clinical Instrument Set Assembly (Prep), and Case Cart Assembly and RME Distribution. This position requires extensive knowledge of a complete range of surgical, medical and dental instrumentation and supplies. Surgical instruments are very complex and are used for Orthopedics, Ophthalmic, Gynecological, ENT and Urology cases among others. Many of the instruments sets are valued over $75,000 each must be handled with the utmost of care. The incumbent must understand how to utilize manufacturer instructions for use and documents to complete cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of highly sophisticated instruments and equipment. An understanding of OSHA, CDC, FDA requirements as well as AAMI, AORN and IAHSCMM recommendations is required while working within all sections of the Sterile Processing Service. In order to keep up with the ever changing SPS technical requirements, the incumbent is responsible to participate in all scheduled training and complete training requirements within the designated time frame. VA SPS Level one training and complete training requirements within the designated time frame. VA SPS Level One training must be completed within the first three months of employment and VA SPS, IAHCSMM or CBSPD certification should be completed within one year of employment. The incumbent is responsible to complete other duties as assigned.
7:00 am to 10:00 pm (multiple shifts) Monday thru Friday
Medical Supply Technician - SPS/619-09363-A
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION:
Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a 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 VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
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Major duties and responsibilities include:
Determines the proper technique used to decontaminate and disinfect all critical and semi-critical RME;
Reprocesses all critical and semi-critical RME;
Inspects all processed items for patient and employee safety noting that all gross contamination has been removed;
Processes instrument trays per instrumentation inventory lists, arranging instruments in the trays in a correct manner;
Assembles a full range of surgical instrumentation trays from simple sets of four or five instruments to very complex sets of up to and sometimes greater than 150 instruments;
Decontaminates and reprocesses a variety of complex, delicate, and costly endoscopes - disassembling, processing, and determining the appropriate methods for sterilization;
Receives contaminated supplies, and inspects items for damage to ensure equipment is in good working condition;
Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids, and other contaminants by wiping, soaking, rinsing, scrubbing, and use of ultrasonic equipment;
Loads and operates sterilizers such as steam and low temperature H2O2.
Monitors performance of sterilizers for quality control by conducting bacteriological tests;
Receives sterilized trays, sets, and packs from sterilizers;
Performs and documents daily tests on Sterile Processing Service equipment, and
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel to other facilities with in CAVHCS.
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0622 Medical Supply Aide And Technician
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 background/security investigation
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/05/2018.
: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-5 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-4. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
* Specialized Experience:
You must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-4) in Federal service that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Specialized experience is experience in decontaminating, sterilizing, processing, assembling, troubleshooting, preparing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies, surgical instruments, and equipment. You must possess knowledge of the technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating conditions of medical supply items; knowledge and experience in decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures; knowledge of aseptic techniques; and skill in operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers. Some specialized experience may have been acquired through work as an operating room technician, medical instrument technician, nursing assistant with responsibilities of sterilizing, storing and issuing sterile/unsterile medical supplies and equipment, corpsman, surgical technician or laboratory worker, where you were responsible for performing these duties. OR,
Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses directly related to the work of this position to meet the specialized experience required. This education must have been obtained in an accredited technical school, college or university. To qualify based solely on education, you must include a copy of your transcripts. OR,
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education that totals a year. Note: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience. To qualify using a combination of experience and education, you must include a copy of your transcripts.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Applies Technology to Tasks
Attention to Detail
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.
: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Requires standing and walking during the entire workday and frequent bending and lifting of supply packages (occasionally weighing as much as forty pounds). The employee regularly pushes loaded carts weighing several hundred pounds, aligns them on tracks leading to automatic transport systems in sometimes crowded quarters and works them over slight rises such as door sills.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
(ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan
(CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
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.
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.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
SF-50 Official Personnel Action
- For current or previous Federal employees you must submit a SF-50 that shows current position, title, occupation code, grade and step. SF-50(s) must also provide sufficient proof that time-in-grade requirements have been met for promotion. (Required)
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Other Veterans Document
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.
For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
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To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 06/05/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10208699.
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Agency contact information
Central Alabama VA Medical Center-Montgomery
215 Perry Hill Road
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499661000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates:
05/15/2018 to 06/05/2018
$33,394 to $43,414 per year
Pay scale & grade:
Full-Time - Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System
The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.