Medical Instrument Technician Hemodialysis Job in MEMPHIS, TN

Vacancy No. CBTG-4997-10992183-21-CMC Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $47,899.00 to $62,269.00 Grade 8 to 8
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 12/22/2020 Close Date 6/30/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
MEMPHIS, TN


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 12/22/2020 to 06/30/2021

  • Service

    Excepted

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 8

  • Salary

    $47,899 to $62,269 per year

  • Appointment type

    Permanent

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time

Locations

1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Memphis, TN
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

No

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until June 30, 2021. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be January 15, 2021, with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st of each month. 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.

Announcement number

CBTG-4997-10992183-21-CMC

Control number

587760200

  • Videos
    Videos

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/00ehNfVIhUA

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    The Hemodialysis Medical Instrument Technician at this level has a minimum of one-year experience at the next lower grade level and is assigned to the Dialysis unit. The incumbent is organizationally responsible to Nursing Service. The hemodialysis (HD) medical instrument technician (MIT) is a specialized position in which direct patient care is performed where the incumbent understands the principles of dialysis, operates and monitors dialysis systems for chronic and acute patients.

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    Responsibilities

    The duties and responsibilities of the hemodialysis patient care technician include but are not limited to the following:

    • Explains dialysis procedure and operation of the Hemodialysis machine to patients before treatment to allay anxieties. Cleans area of established access (AV fistulas, or graft, using antiseptic solution. The incumbent takes and records patients pre-dialysis weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiration rate.
    • Initiates and terminates dialysis by establishing and maintaining a circulatory access for therapy by inserting needles into AV fistulas and vein grafts. Incumbent verifies good blood flow prior to dialysis treatment and makes adjustments to the needle placement to allow for optimal blood flow rates.
    • Connects hemodialysis machine to access in patients forearm site to start blood circulating through dialyzer.
    • Performs dressing change and access for initiation of the hemodialysis treatment. Obtains blood work as ordered. Incumbent uses sterile/clean techniques when initiating and terminating dialysis.
    • Monitors and reacts to patients' conditions while on dialysis such as hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, vomiting, nausea, bleeding, unresponsiveness, headaches etc.
    • Assumes primary responsibility for patients as assigned, including patients who are hepatitis B antigen positive, hepatitis C positive and/or HIV positive.
    • Responsible for delivering specimens to the lab based on physician orders.
    • Performs EKG on chronic dialysis patients, acute dialysis patients and outpatients referred from the nephrology clinics.
    • Sets up equipment for each dialysis. In the preparation of equipment all monitoring devices, pumps, gauges and other operational components are checked for performance and accuracy to ensure efficient and safe performance of dialysis. Sets equipment parameters based on the patient's prescription for dialysis as ordered by the physician or nurse clinician.
    • Disassembles dialysis equipment and disposes of blood tubing, dialyzers and other disposable items in a manner that minimizes contact with potentially infective blood.
    • Performs decontamination procedures on dialysis machines and water systems per AAMI and Joint Commission guidelines and must be competent in testing for residual decontamination agent (Minncare, bleach etc.) before next dialysis of a patient.
    • Performs routine check of eye wash stations and performs tests to ensure proper working conditions with documentation.
    • Responsible for picking up blood/blood products from the blood bank.
    • Verifies blood/blood products with the registered nurse as a second verifier.
    • Follows all policies, procedures and protocols.
    • Performs set up/ take down of portable R.O. and other equipment/machine systems in ICU setting.
    • Draws dialysate from the hemodialysis machines and water from the portable reverse osmosis machine for culture and endotoxin.
    Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts Mon-Sat 6:00am-4:30pm and 7:30am -6:00pm 4 days a week including Sat
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized

    This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until June 30, 2021. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be January 15, 2021, with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st of each month. 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.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • 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
    • Subject to a background/security investigation
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
    Qualifications
    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.
    • English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d)
    • Certification: No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certifications.
    May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

    Preferred Experience:
    • 5 years dialysis experience
    • CCHT or Bonet certification
    • Basic electronic dialysis machine experience preferred

    Grade Determinations:
    Appendix G- Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis), GS-8.

    Specialized Experience: One (1) year specialized experience equivalent at the GS-7 Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis). Examples of specialized experience are: Ability to assist the physician in more complex procedures such as central venous catheter insertion; Ability to assist in training patients in home/self-care by teaching components of machine operation including water treatment and monitoring patients for compliance; Ability to act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded technicians; Ability to analyze deviations from the expected, determine whether the deviations are machine or patient related, and respond according to the findings.

    Assignment. This represents the full performance level. At this level the hemodialysis technician serves 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. The dialysis technician may participate in percutaneous renal biopsies, watching the patient during the procedure and properly processing the specimen. Assists the physician in peritoneal catheter insertions and observes the patient for vital signs and provides post operative care. Provides instruction and monitors patients for home dialysis. Performs training of physicians, nurses, and technicians on hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis techniques.

    Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, 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.
    Creditable Experience - Knowledge of Current Medical Instrument Technician Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current Medical Instrument Technician practice appropriate to the identified specialty area.

    References: VA Handbook 5005/54. Part II. Appendix G27. Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard GS-649. Dated June 7, 2012.

    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8.

    Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting and Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling, Pushing, Walking, Standing, Kneeling, Repeated bending, Keyboarding, Viewing computer screen (8 - 12 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands and legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); and Emotional/Mental stability.
    Education

    IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    Note: 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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Additional information

    Receiving Service Credit or 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.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

    VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

    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.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    Resume - Resume must include the following information for each job listed: job title, duties, start and end dates, full time or part time status (include hours worked per week). Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing your work experience in detail. We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications.

    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • Transcript

    VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

    Veterans' Preference: Per Annual Determination of staffing Shortage, 38 U.S.C. § 7412 waives the requirement to apply Veterans' preference to external applicants for appointments made during the fiscal year to hybrid title 38 occupations reported among the occupations with the largest staffing shortages. This bulletin is in effect through September 30, 2021 and will be updated annually to reflect the current annual shortage occupations.

    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
    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
    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 06/30/2021 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10992183.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    2. 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 USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.

    Agency contact information Crystal Conley Crystal Conley
    Address

    Memphis VA Medical Center
    1030 Jefferson Avenue
    Memphis, TN 38104
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    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 care to Veterans?

    The VAMC in Memphis, Tennessee consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a sixty-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and ten community based outpatient clinics (CBOC). It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level 1 Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs. Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics. Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center. Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a fifty-three county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).

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