Medical Instrument Technician (Anesthesia)
This vacancy is in the Specialty Care Service Line, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Minneapolis, MN. The Anesthesia Technician assists the anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist in routine and difficult anesthetic procedures.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements as stated in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27 - Appendix A - Anesthesia.
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Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Collects patient information including observation of overall condition and recognizes and reports obvious changes in patient condition including emergencies.
Accurately documents patient information in the medical record as appropriate.
Transports patients, correctly identifying the patient prior to transport; transports blood products from the Blood Bank to the Operating Room and returns unused blood products to the Blood Bank.
Draws blood samples from arterial, pulmonary artery and central venous lines; draws blood specimens for type and screen or type and cross and signs specimen label.
Hooks up, performs routine maintenance of, and trouble-shoots invasive monitoring systems such as arterial lines, left atrial lines, interventricular and intra-cranial pressure monitoring systems, esophageal manometry, special intra-operative pressure studies.
Correctly operates i-stats, inserts peripheral IV's; performs 12 lead EKG's; recognizes lethal/serious cardiac arrhythmias.
Utilizes standard precautions for all patients which include following hand hygiene practices & procedures.
Follows isolation guidelines for individual patients. Utilizes equipment in a safe manner and reports unsafe equipment and working conditions to appropriate individuals.
Remains knowledgeable of equipment, supplies and common medications used in Anesthesia.
Anticipates anesthesiologist/anesthetists' needs for equipment and supplies.
Restocks the anesthesia cart daily and between cases.
Orders supplies as needed.
Disinfects/cleans specialized equipment as per the approved Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for each piece of equipment.
Disinfects equipment, including wheelchairs and litters, between patient uses per the appropriate SOP for the type of equipment.
Connect and operate invasive and non-invasive hemodynamic monitoring equipment, blood and fluid warmers and patient warming devices, anesthesia machines, ventilators, intubation bronchoscopes, and ultrasonic scanning devices.
Prepare and administer medications as directed by the attending physician.
Mentor and train lower graded technicians, nurses, medical students, and anesthesia residents on anesthesia technology procedures.
Assist the supervisor/manager with quality control and performance improvement activities.To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
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0649 Medical Instrument Technician
Medical Equipment Preparers
Preparers, Medical Equipment
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
* United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* Education. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels, you must have experience at the GS 6-8 levels,the grade levels of this vacancy. The education requirement at GS-04 is two years of education above high school OR possess an associate's degree with a major field of study directly related to the medical instrument technician occupation and a bachelor's degree in a major field of study appropriate to the medical instrument technician functions at the GS-05 level.
* 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 certain functional areas at the higher levels or supervisory assignments, specific certifications appropriate to the specialty are indicated in this standard under Titles and Certification/Registrations. 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.
* Physical Requirements. See VA Handbook 5019 and individual medical standards listed in the Requirements section below.
* English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, Part II, of VA Handbook 5005.
In addition to the basic requirements, for employment at the GS-6 grade level, qualifying applicants must have at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, GS-5, which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics and which is directly related to the position/specialty to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology (specifically cardiac and pulmonary); Knowledge and application of safety and infection control processes; Ability to serve as a circulating technician for supplies and to assist with documentation of hemodynamic patient data; Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies and equipment appropriate to less complex anesthetic procedures, such as those found in Ambulatory Surgery.
In addition to the basic requirements, for employment at the GS-7 grade level, qualifying applicants must have at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, GS-6, which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics and which is directly related to the position/specialty to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): Knowledge of the fundamentals of standard equipment operation, calibration and function; Knowledge of correct use of non-invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology; Ability to appropriately interact with patients during anesthetic procedures; Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies and equipment appropriate to routine anesthetic procedures, such as those found in typical inpatient settings. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current Medical Instrument Technician practice appropriate to patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology; Ability to appropriately interact with patients during anesthetic procedures; Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies and equipment appropriate to routine anesthetic procedures, such as those found in typical inpatient settings.
In addition to the basic requirements, for employment at the GS-8 grade level, qualifying applicants must have at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, GS-7, which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics and which is directly related to the position/specialty to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): Knowledge of the correct use of invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology; Knowledge of basic electrocardiography (EKG); Skill and ability to troubleshoot equipment, often while the patient is anesthetized; Skill and ability to maintain sterility during procedures; Knowledge and understanding of arterial pressure line wave forms including the ability to recognize and distinguish normal from abnormal, artifact from abnormality, and forewarn the physician or anesthetist of an impending life-threatening situation; Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies, medications, and equipment appropriate to more difficult anesthetic procedures such as those found in inpatient settings with more acutely ill patients.
Basic Life Support Certification, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification and membership in American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) are highly desirable.
: Grade and salary to be determined by the Medical Instrument Technician Professional Standards Board for this occupation, based upon a review of your qualifications. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-06 to GS-08.
VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27 - Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard, Appendix A - Anesthesia. ****Physical Requirements:
Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. The Anesthesia Technician position requires moderate carrying and lifting (up to 44 pounds), pulling and pushing (1/2 hour), reaching above the shoulder, the use of fingers and both hands, use of both legs, walking (6 hours), standing (4 hours), repeated bending (3 hours), near and far vision (correctable vision permitted), ability ot distinguish basic colors and shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), and the ability to work closely with others.
Designated Drug-Testing Position:
All 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 the VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full 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 08/29/2018 to receive consideration.
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Open & closing dates:
08/09/2018 to 08/29/2018
Pay scale & grade:
GS 6 - 8
$39,804 to $63,687 per year
Full-Time - Variable Shifts (Days, Nights, Weekends, Holidays)