The incumbent operates independently as a Diagnostic Ultrasound Technologist (Echocardiography) and is responsible for day to day operations of the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory. The procedures are performed upon patients who have diagnoses of congenital heart disease, congestive heart disease, acquired heart disease and coronary artery disease.
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The technologist is proficient in the use of specific physiologic analytical equipment that is used to evaluate the anatomy and physiology related to these conditions. They have specialized knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biological systems, and complex computing to complete these examinations. This highly technical task involves a systemized examination of the anatomic appearance and functional characteristics of the patient's cardiovascular system. Specific standardized measurements are made, recorded, and relayed to the interpreting physician. The patient population treated is at high risk for cardiopulmonary arrest and the technologist must be competent to assist with the rescue during these events. The technologist will thus bear a high degree of responsibility for the organization, practices, and work outcomes for this very specialized department. The individual will work closely with the Physicians who interpret the echocardiograms. Guaranteed 20 hours per week with option for additional hours based on workload.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm
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0649 Medical Instrument Technician
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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
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Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
* United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English
* Education: There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation.
* 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.
(a) 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 positions to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the heart and great vessels.
2. Knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias and their relationship to hemodynamic conditions of the cardiac cycle.
3. Knowledge of basic cardiac ultrasound physics and the acoustic mechanisms by which high quality cardiac images are obtained.
4. Ability to set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the conditions of the examination and the patient and to operate the equipment for standardized, routine procedures.
5. Ability to interact with patients explaining procedures and positioning the patient for the procedure.
(c) Certification. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is desirable.
(d) Assignment. Echocardiography technician assignments at this level involve performing routine, standardized cardiac ultrasound examinations under the supervision of a fully qualified cardiac sonographer. The work involves generating adequate gray scale images to define cardiac borders and learning to perform Doppler integration of cardiac valves for determination of flow velocities.
(a) 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 positions to be filled. This would be experience which provided the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to independently conduct difficult but standardized echocardiographic examinations. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to scan transthoracic echocardiograms in all views with colorflow and some Doppler.
Ability to conduct cardiac testing to determine the severity and variety of cardiac problems, i.e., valvular dysfunction, myocardial wall kinesia, effusions, endocardial lesions, etc.
Knowledge of the set-up for transesophageal echocardiograms.
Ability to set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the conditions of the examination and the patient and to operate the equipment for more complex, but standardized procedures.
(c) Certification. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable.
(d) Assignment. At this level, medical instrument technicians (echocardiography) perform a range of standard, but complex, echocardiographic examinations with responsibility for calibrating all instruments prior to the procedure. They are expected to keep an accurate record of tests, daily logs, and videotapes. They maintain cidex logs.
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 positions to be filled. This would be experience which provided the overall knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct diagnostic echocardiography examinations in complex and unusual cases. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to produce diagnostic quality images and Doppler frequency shift recordings using M-mode, two-dimensional, pulsed and continuous wave Doppler spectral display, and colorflow Doppler imaging.
Knowledge of normal echocardiographic findings and deviations produced by a wide variety of cardiovascular diseases.
Ability to perform complex procedures such as cardiac studies of the four chambers of the heart and valves using sector scanning techniques to detect stenotic and incompetent valves, chamber enlargement, and pericardial effusion and cardiovascular studies deriving pressure gradients across obstructed valves, etc.
Ability to perform complementary ultrasonic examinations (including noninvasive) transthoracic, Bubble studies and contrast echocardiography, (invasive) stress echocardiography, and transesophageal echocardiography.
Ability to adapt transducer positioning, instrument controls, and examination techniques to the individual patient being studied and the problem being evaluated including recognizing pertinent abnormalities and documenting abnormal findings.
VA HAndbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27
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.
The work requires long periods of standing, bending, walking, heavy lifting, 45 lbs and over, and moderate carrying, 15-44 lbs. Must have above average agility and dexterity for the operation of highly technical equipment and response to emergencies.
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Open & closing dates:
08/09/2018 to 08/24/2018
Pay scale & grade:
$37,223 to $59,557 per year