OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans? To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/16/2022. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Must be a citizen of the United States. Must be proficient in spoken and written English GS-8 Experience: At least 1 full year of experience 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 knowledge of the more complex procedures, the pharmacology related to this occupation, and knowledge of related acute disorders and diseases and their effects on organs and methods of treatments and serving as a member of a dialysis team performing dialysis on acutely ill patients including those within an intensive care setting. Assignments involve performing both peritoneal and hemodialysis procedures. Participating in percutaneous renal biopsies, watching the patient during the procedure and properly processing the specimen. Assisting the physician in peritoneal catheter insertions and observing the patient for vital signs and provides post-operative care. Providing instruction and monitors patients for home dialysis. Performing training of physicians, nurses, and technicians on hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis techniques. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of the hemodialysis process and equipment needed for home/self-care including knowledge of common machine problems and repairs to such equipment. 2. Knowledge of the equipment and procedures for peritoneal dialysis. 3. Ability to assist the physician with percutaneous renal biopsies and peritoneal catheter insertion. 4. Ability to provide instruction to dialysis patients in home/self-care and in the maintenance of the equipment. 5. Ability to provide instruction for physicians, nurses, and other personnel in dialysis procedures, equipment operation and maintenance, etc. PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: 2-3 years of Dialysis experience. Certification as a Dialysis Technician. References: VA Handbook 5005/5, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standards. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. Physical Requirements: There will be walking, standing for extended periods of time, twisting, turning, sitting, pushing, bending, repetitive keyboarding, or carrying of heavy items. Pushing and pulling of dialysis equipment. ["This Medical Instrument Technician (MIT) - Hemodialysis position is located at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. The MIT is responsible for responsible for the operation of hemodialysis equipment in the treatment of patients with renal failure; monitoring patients during dialysis treatments; cleaning, sterilizing, and maintenance of dialysis equipment; monitoring the quality of the water used for dialysis; collecting, recording and reporting water culture results; setting up and operating hemodialysis equipment; selecting, ordering, stocking, and preparing supplies needed for dialysis procedures; and mentoring new technicians. MAJOR DUTIES: Provides hemodialysis treatment to patients with renal failure. Initiates and terminates dialysis treatments following standard procedures. Monitors patients throughout treatment and makes necessary adjustments with consultation or notification of the RN according to the patient's medical condition, previous experience, and accepted practices. Connects patient to dialysis via the patient's access (fistula, graft, etc.) and operates equipment to initiate extracorporeal circulation and performance of dialysis. Prepares and dismantles extracorporeal blood circuits and the dialysis machine to create a sterile, air-free blood circuit using a standard aseptic procedure. Obtains blood specimens for routine or special tests. Collects laboratory specimens from patients using syringes, needles, tubes, using and clean and sterile techniques. Observes dialysate delivery unit for correct functioning during dialysis and adjusts when necessary. Adjusts hemoglobin detector sensitivity during dialysis. Responds to equipment alarms, adjusts alarm limits, and corrects the cause of malfunction which triggered the alarm. WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time, Monday-Saturday, with variable start times: Monday-Wednesday-Friday 0400-2000, Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday 0400-1630. This position includes Federal Holiday rotation as well."]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.