Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Augusta, Georgia
Internal Number: 629718800
This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until June 30, 2022. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be 15 days after initial opening date with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st AND 15th of each month, referrals will be contingent on the availability of vacant positions). Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals OR as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Licensure or Certification: Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at grades GS-6 and above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable. Required Experience: Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) ) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable. Completion of a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) accredited program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, American Medical Association (AMA) approved school of ultrasonography, OR comparable work experience in the practice specialty of abdomen and OB/GYN. Experience and formal education in neurosonology and vascular ultrasound. Ability to provide coverage after normal working hours for emergencies. Grade Determinations: GS-08: 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 a Medical Instrument Technician (MIT) Diagnostic Ultrasound. This would be experience which provided the overall knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct diagnostic ultrasound examinations in complex and unusual cases. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants at this grade level must demonstrate the following (KSAs) knowledge, skills, and abilities. 1. Ability to perform diagnostic ultrasound examination on multiple areas of the body, including, but not limited to, the abdomen, pelvis, trans-vaginal, chest, small parts, thyroid, breast, and scrotum. 2. Ability to perform vascular studies such as vertebral, renal artery, aortic aneurysm, portal-systemic shunts, etc. 3. Ability to assist radiologists with biopsy procedures determining the location, depth, and required needle angle for the lesion to be sampled. 4. Ability to assist in surgical procedures and fluid aspirations. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician (MIT) Qualification Standards http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over; heavy carrying 45 pounds and over; straight pulling and pushing; reaching above the shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required; walking; standing; kneeling; repeated bending; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to jaeger 1-4; and far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other. ["Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) position is located at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. Incumbent will operate diagnostic ultrasonic medical scanning equipment to produce cross sectional and two dimensional pictures used to diagnose diseases and other medical conditions Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: Performing ultrasound examinations to include, but not limited to, the abdomen, neck, chest, extremities, pelvic/transvaginal, scrotum, and Vascular/Doppler studies to include DVT in upper and lower extremities for acquiring high quality examinations that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders. Performing independent portable ultrasound examinations throughout the Medical Center and occasional on call exams, or after-hours exams. Maintaining adequate supplies so that examinations are not delayed due to lack of necessary equipment and supplies. Effectively communicating with Radiologists. Handling secure processing of patient information as outlined by HIPAA and all other Federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHA policy. Performing routine housekeeping duties to assure that the ultrasound area is clean and sanitary. Assisting quality assurance technologists in performing quality assurance testing on ultrasound units using phantoms, test tools, tech check lists, etc., for the purpose of assuring peak performance of the ultrasound equipment. Work Schedule: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, some On-Call and some holidays as needed by the service\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)/PDF00583\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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