Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Internal Number: 686212600
This position is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks. Incumbent must be competent in the production, use, recognition, and analysis of ultrasound images and patterns used for patient diagnosis and treatment. The Technician is regarded as a reliable source for all ultrasound imaging, and the interpreting Radiologist relies heavily on the skills, knowledge and abilities of the position in providing a final interpretation. 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. Education. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. 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. English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA policy. Grade Determination: Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound), GS-8: 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 ultrasound examinations in complex and unusual cases. IMPORTANT NOTE: Resume must include hours worked per week for work experience credit. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Demonstrated 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, transvaginal, 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. IMPORTANT NOTE: KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties in order to be found qualified for this position/grade level, please be specific in describing duties performed which demonstrate that you possess the KSAs required for the position/grade levels. Certification. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable. Preferred Experience: Performing a variety of ultrasound examinations of the abdomen, neck, chest and extremities, retroperitoneal space for the purpose of acquiring high quality exams that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of medical disorders; Renal, Biliary tree, Abdominal vascular/dopplers, arterial and venous studies of extremities and cerebrovascular circulation. Small parts exams to include testes, thyroids, superficial abnormalities. GYN exams to include endovaginal ultrasound. Cardiac ultrasound Transthoracic and Transesophageal. Assists radiologist with cyst punctures, aspiration biopsies and catheter placements for diagnostic treatment using ultrasound techniques. Requires the use of surgical sterile techniques, syringes, needles, contrast. Registration of one or more specialties via ARDMS or CCI. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15, PART II APPENDIX G27 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-8. 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. ["Current permanent VA and Federal employees should apply under internal announcement: CBST-11709334-23-DB TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE, OR YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ELECTRONIC NOTICE THAT YOU ARE RATED INELIGIBLE. SEE QUALIFICATIONS SECTION AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SECTION FOR DETAILS. KSAs MUST BE DEMONSTRATED IN YOUR RESUME. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT AND REFER BACK TO IT OFTEN WHEN WRITING YOUR RESUME. *RESUME REQUIREMENT: YOUR RESUME MUST INCLUDE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FOR EACH POSITION LISTED: JOB TITLE, AVERAGE HOURS WORKED PER WEEK, DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES, BEGINNING AND ENDING DATE (MONTH/YEAR). IMPORTANT NOTE: KSAs listed below in the QUALIFICATIONS section must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties in order to be found qualified for this position/grade level; please be specific in describing duties performed which demonstrate that you possess the KSAs listed below that are required for the position. IMPORTANT NOTE: Resume must include hours worked per week for work experience credit. Duties may include but are not limited to: NOTE: BREAST ULTRASOUNDS ARE NOT CURRENTLY PERFORMED AT THIS FACILITY. Sets up and adjusts all equipment and manually maneuvers the transducer to perform exam while being cognizant of sound ergonomic practices. Obtains pertinent diagnostic examinations through knowledge of both normal and abnormal human anatomy. Maintains effective control of the ultrasound area by coordinating, planning, organizing and executing daily workload potential to expedite workflow patterns within various facets of imaging service. Works very closely with supervisor and the ultrasound scheduler to effectively coordinate health care activities and ensure that the procedural data is incorporated into management workload profiles and the computerized Patient Record System. Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures, and rearranges patient schedules to accommodate such studies Performs ultrasound examinations of the abdomen, neck, chest and extremities, and retroperitoneal space for the purpose of acquiring high quality examinations that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders. Performs routine informatics tasks using PACs, CPRS, VISTA and imaging systems work lists for the purpose of maintaining accurate ultrasound records so that easy recall of patient examinations may be achieved. Maintains adequate supplies so that examinations are not delayed due to the lack of necessary equipment and supplies. Works closely with OIT and/or Biomed to place requests and resolve equipment issues. Assists the Radiologist in the performance of cyst punctures, aspiration biopsies and catheter placements for the purpose of diagnostic treatment using ultrasound techniques. Gathers related information such as patient chart, x-rays etc., so that correlation of examinations to other studies may be made by Technician prior to performing exam. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM, with rotating call after hours. Telework: Not available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 564-00008-F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be Authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
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