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Surgical Technician (Operating Room)
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Dallas
Texas
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Summary
As a member of the surgical team, provide assistance to the surgeon and other team members during surgical procedures; and, participate with the surgical team members in planning and implementing complex procedures under the supervision of the perioperative registered nurse (circulator) and surgeon.
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Responsibilities
Functions as a primary and lead scrub person responsible for handling surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment during all surgical procedures.
Creates, maintains and oversees the sterile field.
Performs as a scrub nurse for a wide variety of complex surgical invasive procedures and possible complications.
Anticipates and prepares surgical instruments and equipment for the next phase of surgery.
Mentors and shares information related to complex procedures with inexperienced staff on the surgical team.
Passes operating surgical instruments to the surgeon.
Handles instruments, equipment, supplies, and implants used in laparoscopic and endo vascular surgery.
Guides, supports and trains less skilled staff in surgical procedures including student surgical technicians.
Prioritizes assigned tasks based on past experience, judgment and team work
Monitors the sterile field for breaks in technique
In conjunction with the circulating registered nurse, performs sponge, sharps, and instrument counts to verify accuracy.
Accounts for all surgical instruments and equipment during the surgical procedure.
Handles surgical specimens
Prepares prosthesis and surgical devices (i.e. pain stimulators, intraocular lens, hip and knee prosthesis) during procedures
Travel Required
Not required
Supervisory status
No
Promotion Potential
7
#### Job family (Series)
0640 Health Aid And Technician
Requirements
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
May serve a probationary period.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Qualifications
To qualify for this position,
applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
* Specialized Experience
One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: experience as primary scrub technician in operating room for highly complex surgical procedures; possessing knowledge of various surgical procedures, proper handling of surgical instruments, human anatomy and physiology; possessing knowledge of aseptic technique, sterile technique, universal precautions and how to implement infection control policies and procedures; possessing knowledge of pathology care and the ability to handle specimen correctly; OR
* Graduate Education:
One (1) year of successfully completed graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position to be filled (Surgical Technician). This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. ( TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT IS ACCEPTABLE)
; OR
* Combination of both experience and graduate education
: Possess combination of both education and experience. Equivalent combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience to qualify at the GS-7 level. ( TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT IS ACCEPTABLE
) If you do not submit your transcript - education credit will not be awarded.
EXPERIENCE:
A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook ****SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT:
Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated.
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.
Note:
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.
Education
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Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: ****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
Work Schedule:
Various Shifts with on-****-A
Physical Requirements
: Duties regularly.require manual.assistance in lifting and. positioning,patients, most.of which are in stages of unconsciousness. Requires recurring prolonge.d standing, walking, bending, lifting, pushing, reaching, and prolonged stretching to provide easy accessibility of instruments and supplies for the surgeon. The surgical technician must be dexterous in passing instruments to surgeons without compromising principles of aseptic technique and in a manner requiring little or no effect from the surgeon. The surgical technician must move expeditiously in taking emergency action.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)
and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at ****Receiving Service Credit for 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.
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.
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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
Drug test required
Yes
Required Documents
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Required Documents
Documents Accepted:
Cover Letter
DD-214
Other
Resume
SF-15
SF-50
Transcript
Documents Required:
Resume
Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.
Veterans' Preference:
Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.
Applications are accepted online.
Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
Alternate Application:
If you are unable to apply online view the following Alternate Application Information instructions at ****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.
Benefits
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Benefits
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.
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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
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position,
you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/22/2018 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online
to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click Submit My Answers
to submit your application package.
NOTE:
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 USAJOBS account, ****select the Application Status
link and then select the M ore Information
link for this position. The Details 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application
in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
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Dallas VA Medical Center
4500 South Lancaster Road
Dallas, TX 75216
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Next steps
After the vacancy announcement closes, applicants are evaluated 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.
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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 process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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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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:
08/08/2018 to 08/22/2018
Service:
Competitive
Pay scale & grade:
GS 7
Salary:
$44,244 to $57,516 per year
Appointment type:
Permanent
Work schedule:
Full-Time
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