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Surgical Technician Operating Room

Company name
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

San Diego, CA
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Surgical Technician, Operating Room


San Diego






The Surgical Technician (ST) position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), at the San Diego VA Medical Center (VAMC) in the Operating Room. The primary purpose of the Surgical Technician is to provide surgical care to patients. ST are allied health professionals, who are an integral part of the team of professionals providing surgical care to patients. STs work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. STs possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a surgeon's performance of procedures.

Promotion Potential

: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level, GS-6, without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

Work Schedule:

Full-time, 80-hours biweekly, Monday through Friday, 6:30am - 3:00pm and/or 10:30am - 7:00pm, 8-hour shifts. Overtime/On-Call/Weekend/Holiday work required to meet patient care needs.

Position Description/PD#:

Surgical Technician, Operating Room/10754-A (GS-6); 10756-A (GS-5)

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:

Not Authorized.

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The Surgical Technician (ST) is responsible for and handles the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. He/she understands the surgical procedure being performed, is skilled in anticipating the needs of the surgeon, and appropriately reacts during emergent situations in the operating room. He/she has the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care in the operating room during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field and sterile technique of the staff. Duties of the ST are as follows, but are not limited to:

Assists in setting up the operating room for the surgical procedure

Obtains and gathers appropriate sterile and unsterile items necessary for the surgical procedure

Assures instruments, equipment, and supplies for the surgical procedure are available and in proper working order

Checks sterile supplies for package integrity and addresses discrepancies appropriately

Opens sterile supplies for the surgical cases and sets up the sterile table with instruments, supplies, equipment, and medications/solutions needed for procedures

Confirms and labels all medications and solutions on the sterile field with the circulating nurse of the room

Scrubs, gowns, and gloves self

Gowns and gloves surgeons and other scrubbed assistants

Assists in draping the sterile field, positioning the surgical lights, surgical light manipulation, and retraction in surgical procedures

Passes instruments and other necessary

Anticipates the needs of the surgeons,anticipates additional supplies needed during a procedure

Maintains sterile technique,surveys for breaks in sterile technique

Keeps account of all counted item s on the sterile field

Properly handles specimens

Connects drains to suction apparatuses

Prepares sterile dressings

Cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization

Knowledgeable on appropriate preventative actions for surgical procedures with low, moderate, and high fire risk scores

Assists members of the team with patient transfers

Assists members of the team with turn-overand terminal cleaning of the surgical suite

Assists in prepping the surgical suite for the follow ing patient

Recognizes potentially hazardous situations and notifies appropriate personnel

Review s the patient's chart for information related to the procedure

Participates in departmental performance improvement projects

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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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 background/security investigation


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/23/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement

: 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-05 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-04. For a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. 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.

Selective Placement Factor/Quality Ranking Factor:

Certification as Surgical Technician (proof required).

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

FOR GS-05:

* Specialized Experience:

You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-04) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: refers to body structures using correct terminology; retrieves and assembles appropriate supplies and equipment necessary for the surgical procedure; connects drains to suction apparatuses for those surgical procedures that require drains; prepares sterile dressings; performs pre-cleaning of instrumentation according to Standard Operating Procedures; establishes a sterile field by opening supplies using sterile technique; performs a surgical hand scrub utilizing aseptic technique prior to the surgical procedure; scrubs, gowns, and gloves self, using sterile technique; labels all medications/solutions on the sterile field; gowns and gloves other scrubbed assistants using sterile technique; assists in draping the sterile field and positioning the surgical lights; assists EMS in postoperative OR suite turn-over; assist in patient transfers, prepping the surgical suite; OR,

* Education:

Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation. If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly relatedto the work of the position. OR,

* Combination:

Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and 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 l year of specialized experience. (Example: An applicant has 8 months of GS-4 level specialized experience and 80 semester hours of college. The applicant meets 67 percent of the required experience and 33 percent of the required education (i.e., 20 semester hours in excess of the first 60 semester hours). The applicant meets 100 percent of the total requirements and is qualified for the position.)


* Specialized Experience

: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-05) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: anticipates the needs of the surgeon during surgical procedures by passing them the correct instrumentation in a timely manner; validates correct sterilization of RME to be utilized during the surgical procedure; informs surgical team when instrumentation sterility is compromised; utilizes Universal Precautions when providing patient care; obtains and gathers appropriate sterile and unsterile instruments, equipment, and supplies necessary for the surgical procedure according to the surgeon's Preference Card and request to ensure availability and in proper working order prior to the start of cases; ensures the integrity of the sterile field is not compromised by continuously monitoring sterile technique throughout the case; communicates any breaks in sterile technique to the surgical team; performs appropriate counts with circulator prior to the operation and before incision(s) are closed; collaborates and continuously communicates with the circulating nurse of the room; collaborates with the surgical team to verify, prepare, and label specimens; collaborates with the surgical team to verify, prepare, and handle implants; recognizes potentially hazardous situations; assist in training, supervising, and orienting new staff; assists in emergency situation, and participates in departmental performance improvement projects.

Best Qualifying Criteria:

Current experience as Surgical Technician in major/complex surgical specialties including cardio-thoracic, neurosurgery, spine, orthopedics, total joints, and robotics. Vascular, gynecology, and ophthalmology highly desired. Completed ST training program.

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.

Physical Requirements:

Heavy Lifting and Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling, Pushing, Walking, Standing, Repeated bending (8 - 12 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands 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 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; and Hearing without aid. Tasks listed will be performed intermittently over the course of the scheduled shift.


There is no educational substitution for GS-06 grade level.

A transcript with graduation/completion/conferral date 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: 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.

Additional information

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

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.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members

: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

For more information on the Who may apply eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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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.


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.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents


Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the required documents below. NOTE:



. In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. Your resume MUST

include the following: the month and year for each position held, and the number of work hours per week, e.g., 03/09 - 06/11 (or Present), 40 hrs/week and a description of the duties performed for each position held.


- If prior military service, you MUST include all copies of your DD-214 Forms (Member-4 copy showing type of discharge and dates of service).Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability must also submit a copy of their disability rating letter from the Veterans Benefits Administration. Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000or TDD# 800-829-4833. If you are on terminal leave from active duty, attach a letter from your commander indicating the date of discharge and type of discharge (Statement of Service),



- If current/former Federal Government employee, you MUST include your latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action, and SF-50 displaying your highest previous rate (if applicable). You may obtain these from your current Human Resources office or your e-Official Personnel Folder. The SF-50 must display: Title, Pay Plan, Occ Code, Grade, Tenure, and Position Occupied.This includes ICTAP/CTAP documentation for displaced Federal employees, to include a copy of the agency notice in addition to your last SF-50,


If eligible for a special appointment authority, you MUST include proof of your eligibility

. This includes people with disabilities ( Schedule A appointment

) who must provide a copy of qualification certificate/letter.

** Transcripts

- If qualifying based on education, you MUST include a copy of transcript (official or unofficial) or course listing with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation.

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.

Cover Letter



Disability Letter





Veterans' Preference:

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

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.




A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply


How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

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 04/23/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

To begin, click Apply Online

to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

Click Submit My Answers

to submit your application package.


It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information



8585528585 X3432



San Diego VA Medical Center

3350 La Jolla Village Drive

San Diego, CA


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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

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Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates:

04/13/2018 to 04/23/2018


$41,970 to $60,812 per year

Pay scale & grade:

GS 5 - 6

Work schedule:


Appointment type:


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